principled uncertainty

60 Tips for IB - from a 45 pointer

A lot of people have been asking me about general tips for surviving IB and how I got 45 points. If I’m honest I think the difference between 40 and 45 points is just pure, dumb luck, but at least here are some tips to getting up to the 40 -points level :D

This is a list of tips my friend and I wrote right after our IB exams. We were feeling quite high at the moment, so I had to edit some of the tips so you could actually take the advice seriously…


2. Don’t do “homework” at home!!!

3. Find a study buddy

4. Proceed to ignore everyone but your study buddy

5. Not your dog though

6. Escape from your family / responsibilities (e.g. do your homework abroad, in someone else’s basement, coffee shops, libraries, group rooms at school, sneak into university study halls etcetc. The possibilities are endless)

7. Set yourself a time limit for doing the TOK Essay. (Don’t do it two weekends in a row, you will go crazy)

8. Don’t attempt to finish the EE in one day

9. Remind your science teacher about the IA. It’s for your own good.

10. Whether it’s 5am or 2am, figure out when you work best and stick to it.

11. Don’t think you’ll learn stuff in class. Seriously. Read the books instead, and use classes as revision / sleep time / relaxing time.

12. Mark schemes will be your best teacher. 

13. Write syllabus notes FROM THE VERY START.

14. You won’t understand TOK but at least try to have fun with it.

15. Don’t forget about CAS, but don’t spend too much time on it either.

16. Install “StayFocusd” but don’t go nuclear option for a week

17. Memorize the opening hours of the public study areas in your vicinity 

18. Listen to Christmas music if you’re sad

19. Get a whiteboard for revision

20. Physics students: buy the Tsokos revision guide

21. Chemistry students: YouTube Richard Thornley 

22. Biology students: YouTube Alex Lee

23. Read the language books during the summer

24. Don’t give a fuck about English B…but TAKE ENGLISH B IF YOU CAN

25. Don’t choose science as your EE subject (unless you have a super smart and helpful and amazing supervisor)

26. Love your teachers, see them as your friend. They’re adorable.

27. Love yourself too

28. Making a plan (without necessarily following it) will help calm you down

29. 8tracks have amazing playlists

30. Dictionaries are cool

31. is cooler

32. Watch TV shows all year round to get your mind off things, just not season finales right before the exams

33. Cry it out

34. Shout it out

35. Drink it out

36. Just don’t get too drunk or violent that’s bad

37. Your nerdy classmates are your friends and teachers

38. Bring coffee / tea to school, if you make it to school

39. It’s OK to skip school for school

40. Waste money on school shit, you’ll earn it back in the future

41. If you can afford it, go to Lanterna summer course. You might get friends from other countries who’ll be able to help you throughout the year, by exchanging resources etc.

42. Make puns about nerdy stuff (like, about life, the universe and everything)

43. Be proud of being a nerd, everyone knows it already

44. EAT

45. SLEEP (sometimes it’s worth skipping school for)

46. Some teachers are nice about students sleeping in class

47. Concentrate when doing IA experiments though, take notes, or even better: film it

48. By the way, FILMING can reduce a lot of errors in science experiments. Write that as an improvement in your evaluation part!!

49. Question banks can be found, if you know where to look

50. Don’t care about other people’s grades

51. Don’t care too much about your own grades either. You’ll survive either way. Calm down. “Chillax”. 

52. Don’t do TOK presentation alone.

53. WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER (uni will be a piece of cake for you. also u can puke out a 4-paged-essay, proof-read and everything, in less than an hour, handwritten. amazing)

54. IB therefore I BS

55. Decorate your wall with IB gems

56. You’ll learn a lot from teaching others / making up games / doing past papers. Don’t just read books and highlight. Don’t just listen to the teachers. You won’t remember shit that way.


58. You’re allowed to protest sometimes

59. Don’t think too much about TOK / the uncertainty principle / relativity / astrophysics / DNA / nihilist bullshit from the language books. Stick to your reality and be happy. Have fun. Enjoy life. Stop giving so much fucks. Lower your expectations. (I honestly spent IB preparing to fail and start a bakery or something. Life is full of pleasant surprises that way)

60. Your Non-IB friends will laugh at you. Your siblings will laugh at you. Your teachers will laugh at you. You will laugh at you. But it’s okay, 2 years will be over in a flash ^^

Kiarostami … draws attention to the way curiosity grows necessarily out of uncertainty and is indeed its counterpoint: here the spectator’s desire to know and understand is heightened by a conscious sense of uncertainty about even the truth or reality of what seems to be happening. And Kiarostami builds these spectator sensations into the aesthetics of his cinema, so the process of understanding (or not) is central rather than incidental.
—  Laura Mulvey, Kiarostami’s Uncertainty Principle
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boom-kaka-laka  asked:

Hey :) I don't want to be annoying or anything but I was wondering if you could recommend some books or websites were I could learn more about space.. I have huge interest in it but I don't really know much about anything from the astro field >_<

Since space always has a bunch of crazy shit going on in it, I’ll just take a bunch of random bookmarked links I have and throw them at you!

Books:Videos:Space Image Galleries: Cool Online Programs:Random Articles:
The Analysts as Quantum Theory

INTJ: Wave function because of their Dominate NI in predicting how the future could likely play out.

ENTP: The Uncertainty principle because nothing can ever, EVER be known for certain in an ENTP’s mind.

INTP: Quantum entanglement because an INTP’s goal is to interconnect everything in the possible to know universe together into one logical system.

ENTJ: Uniform field theory because ENTJ’s must have everything perfectly understood and put together in unison.

Equation #11: Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle

Anyone who is not shocked by Quantum Mechanics has not quite understood it”-Niels Bohr

I agree Mr. Bohr, QM does blow your mind. The uncertainty principle is one of those things that prove that our perception of the world is limited. Anything in the universe can be both wave and particle at the same time and that puts a limit to how accurate our measurements can be.
What that means in our context is that, if you try to measure the velocity(or momentum) of a particle as well as its position at the same instant, you cannot have exact values of both. If you measure position accurately, the value of velocity will have some uncertainty associated with it and vice a versa. 

The reason we don’t observe this phenomenon in everyday life is is that the uncertainty values are very, very tiny. A person moving with a velocity of say, 5 km/hr (+or - 0.05 km/hr) and weighing 60 kg will have the uncertainty in position = 1.8 * 10^-35 meters! That’s smaller than the radius of an atomic nucleus. However, when you go into the realm of lightweight, superfast entities(like subatomic particles), the uncertainties get larger and can have a significant effect on the macroscopic properties of an object. 

The uncertainty principle applies to a number of pair of observables other than momentum and position. Most common example is that of energy-time which explains the working of Strong force, according to some theories.

It is important to understand that this fundamental limit is not due to experimental errors, rather a phenomenon of nature itself.

You cannot predict, even theoretically, the exact values of two so called “incompatible” quantities simultaneously.

For uncertainty principle in action, see

For more clarification, see



Numb3rs » Uncertainty Principle | Season 1, Episode 2

“Statistically, you’re dead now. You understand what that means? A man aimed a gun at your head and fired. The fact that you survived is an anomaly and it’s unlikely to be the outcome of a second such encounter.”

anonymous asked:

In your background pic, did you just take every equation you could find in the book and write it like in the movies or is that an actual proof for something? Cause the uncertainty principle, and weight times phase of system and amplitude and radius and everything I'm scared!!

It’s a phd qualification test I took last year :)

anonymous asked:

Not that I'm a non-believer, but when someone asks you a question like "does he like me", how do you know how to answer that? Are you really psychic? Do you know exactly who and what they're talking about? Or is it just a random intuition that tells you yes or no?

You must be new and that is fine. I know the answer to that question because I know your energy and the intent of the question itself. Therefore I know whom has asked and whom they are referring too. Everything in this reality leaves an energy signature. Your name is merely the title of your signature. Based off this signature I then trace the outcome of the event point. Once I’ve obtained the outcome I relay the message back to the asker. How do I know? Sight. I can see the event or feel if I choose. Now a good seeker (what spirits will do as well) is able to find the probable outcome and relay that Intel. There are many outcomes but only one will collapse in that persons reality. Your job is to give the asker the outcome that is most probable to collapse. Is this possible? Certainly. This action doesn’t violate any principle in physics. Actually what I’m doing is very allowed according to entanglement. All of these actions are provoking the uncertainty principle which could in fact allow for such an exchange of information to occur. I am not your average psychic. I’m only here because there are many people whom aren’t knowledgeable about what they practice. Which then sows the seeds of further ignorance. If you really want to know why time trusted (if the readings don’t convince you) I predicted the existence of the cosmic microwave background (before it was investigated)

I even used my fingerprints to show that I understand.  If this isn’t scary enough, my abilities have actually been put to the test scientifically. I have an interesting ability called Retropsychickinesis  what is this? Basically the ability to see and even manipulate an event in the future from the present. An experiment was done via computer. The computer generates 512 0′s and 512 1′s. Basically you should ALWAYS get 512/512. As it would be impossible for there to be anything else–seeing as the numbers are a FIXED automated sequence. This means it will always be 512/512. If that number is off by 1 meaning 511/1024 (should be 512), something strange has occurred. You can say a glitch (like most would say) but understand the higher the number (deviation) the lower the chance of a glitch. This means a deviation of 5 is rather impossible to be a glitch and even more so if you previously stated you’re creating more 1′s than 0′s. Now let’s look at my score

41 more 1′s than zeros. Which means this score is even extremely rare amongst the many powerful psychic’s in this plane of existence. Nothing is random, everything is chosen and yet everything is random. It all depends upon your frame of reference. I tell you all of this to not overload you, but to catch you up. This is the reason why people tend to listen when I speak. My approach to spirituality is different than most. I approach things scientifically and then convey my message to my audience. This is done to strengthen your spiritual and natural mind. I don’t want people to mindlessly follow me. I want to teach people that will learn so they may teach others. 


Chronicle Books “Great Tumblr Book Search” Submission

Title: Standing in Asia, Looking at Europe, Thinking of New York
Author/Painter: Missy H. Dunaway
Category: Art

Synopsis: I have combined two personal art journals into one book entitled “Standing in Asia, Looking at Europe, Thinking of New York.” This book builds a narrative through painting and poetry to recount two years of solo globe-trotting, giving readers a chance to explore the world through the eyes and heart of a painter.

Eighty paintings guide the reader through a visual journey beginning in 2013 when I moved from New York City to Istanbul alone. Short poems describe a mirroring emotional journey as I leave old relationships, adjust to a new culture, and learn a new language. The book continues into 2014 as I move from Istanbul to Central Turkey, where the cultural divide deepens and the language barrier rises.

“Standing in Asia, Looking at Europe, Thinking of New York” combines female travel writing themes like independence, exploration and alienation with simple poetry and colorful artwork stylistically similar to Maira Kalman’s illustrated book, “The Principles of Uncertainty.” You are invited to view additional pages in this supporting post. Thank you for your time and consideration!

Quantum Tunneling 

Quantum tunneling refers to the quantum mechanical phenomenon where a particle tunnels through a barrier that it classically could not surmount. This plays an essential role in several physical phenomena, such as the nuclear fusion that occurs in main sequence stars like the Sun. It has important applications to modern devices such as the tunnel diode, quantum computing, and the scanning tunneling microscope. The effect was predicted in the early 20th century and its acceptance as a general physical phenomenon came mid-century.

Tunneling is often explained using the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and the wave–particle duality of matter. Pure quantum mechanical concepts are central to the phenomenon, so quantum tunneling is one of the novel implications of quantum mechanics.



Waige Appreciation Week - Day 7: Free Day

I’d like to take the chance to recommend some of my favorite Waige fics in case you haven’t had the wonderful chance to read them yet. :) These fics are in no particular order. 

Silent Partners by ScorplinginTraining Fingertips by @webuiltthepyramidsSecret Garden by @foxphileBlood and Water by @nerdy-birdy18Shell Shocked and Aftershocks by pamzWhat a Long, Strange Trip and its sequel:  Internal Combustion by @foxphileSerendipity by @webuiltthepyramidsLightening by lookingforthestars Speed Dating and Walk of Shame by MysticalGoddessOfWords • Hot Head and Cold Feet by @foxphileIn the Name of Science by @webuiltthepyramidsRalph to the Rescue by ScorplinginTraining • Observational Study by @foxphileCoefficients by @sanctuaryforalluniversesTouch by lookingforthestars •  iAlbondigas! by ScorplinginTraining • Gauguin by MysticalGoddessOfWords • Efficiency by lookingforthestars • Creed by @cowlicklesschickSweet Dreams by TruePlainHearts • The Scorpion School for Gifted Minds by Eruanna17 •  The Beautiful Disaster by futurewriter33 • Weaknesses by zeburilla • Paige Isn’t Yogurt by @oddlycasBurning Admissions by @cckia27Fine by @cowlicklesschickUncertainty Principle by @sanctuaryforalluniversesAn Instant by MysticalGoddessOfWords 

I have a bunch more I love, but these are the ones that I could think of at the top of my head at the moment. ;) If you haven’t read any of these fics, I highly encourage you to curl up and read them. They are absolutely phenomenal pieces of work! :) There are some very talented scorplings in this Cyclone. :) 


A Serious Man (2009)

Director - Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Cinematography - Roger Deakins

“The Uncertainty Principle. It proves we can’t ever really know… what’s going on. So it shouldn’t bother you. Not being able to figure anything out. Although you will be responsible for this on the mid-term.” Larry Gopnick