• On the 'why' of things not just the 'how' of things

    Posted in Everything on Aug 17, 2017

    We do love when our own internal thought processes get confirmed by others. Aside from the shared joy of discovery, it tends to validate other related ideas which haven't been put into words yet. So I'm happy to see this idea coming from someone with Russell's reputation. I had made the observation a few years back that science looks at things from the outside-in and really never gets to the "why" of what things are, never seeing from the inside-out, so to say. It does a really good job of the "how" and it does understand causal whys, but the deeper whys remain shrouded. Imagine my delight in ...

  • Parableizer Engine coming together

    Posted in Neural Nets and AI Stuff, Pre-Preprint Stuff on Aug 15, 2017

    When I was first thinking about artificial intelligence years ago, I came up with this idea I called Parableizer Engine. Lately I'm starting to see the first elements of this idea being implemented.

    What is relational reasoning? It’s a form of thinking that makes use of logic to connect and correlate objects, places, patterns, sequences and other entities. It’s what we humans use to decide which is the best bunch of grapes at the grocery, or what the evidence present in a crime scene means. It’s something intuitive and intrinsic in us, which is probably what makes it so difficult to teach to A...

  • Language alters our experience of time

    Posted in Everything, Mathy Stuff on Aug 13, 2017

    Not only does this article talk about one of my favorite subjects, the Aymara language, and how it is different from other languages, but it's loaded with gems like this:

    But Spanish-Swedish bilinguals are flexible. When prompted with the Swedish word for duration (tid), they estimated time using line length. They were unaffected by container volume. When prompted with the Spanish word for duration (duración), they estimated time based on container volume. They were unaffected by line length. It seems that by learning a new language, you suddenly become attuned to perceptual dimensions that yo...

  • Comparing Asterisk vs FreeSWITCH: a Meta-analysis

    Posted in Developing Software on Aug 11, 2017

    Overall, the two systems are roughly equal, both are well supported and both are well documented for the needs of anyone with basic PBX needs. For most purposes, either way you go, you're going to be fine. However, most likely, if you're asking "Asterisk or FreeSWITCH" you have little experience with either, and therefore likely little experience with telephony -- which turns out to be far more complex under the hood than you might think by using a smartphone. In this common case, you should probably go with Asterisk because: it's easier to start with, your project is and will remain in-house ...

  • Hebrew vs. Greek Thought

    Posted in Everything on Aug 11, 2017

    So we've been looking at binary vs ternary, intuitive vs logical, now here's Hebrew vs Greek thought:


    Hebrew and Greek are two totally different ways of seeing things. Greek is more abstract, linear. Hebrew is more intimate, concrete. Several distinct differences between the two are discussed.

    [Edit, later, I found this related video series which I'm thoroughly enjoying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjS0Ax5pGkE&list=PLUJyZp8VatmKYtdOqAmdI9pwoLIGkMaqX&index=1]

  • How can I install Perl CPAN locally as a non-root user?

    Posted in Developing Software on Aug 10, 2017

    Every now and then we encounter a Stack Overflow answer that cuts through hours of searching and aborted attempts at fixes with a few lines of elegance. Here's one I just deployed, figured I would point others to it as well in case Google brings you here...

    The easiest method I have found so far is to say

    wget -O- http://cpanmin.us | perl - -l ~/perl5 App::cpanminus local::lib
    eval `perl -I ~/perl5/lib/perl5 -Mlocal::lib`
    echo 'eval `perl -I ~/perl5/lib/perl5 -Mlocal::lib`' >> ~/.profile
    echo 'export MANPATH=$HOME/perl5/man:$MANPATH' >> ~/.profile

    This assumes your profile is named .profil...

  • The three logical systems of Leśniewski

    Posted in Mathy Stuff on Aug 08, 2017

    This guy was a student of Łukasiewicz, who famously established ternary (and then later, multivalued) logic as an alternative to the binary which prevailed since Aristotle's time. I didn't know about the three logical systems here, though, and they bear further study:

    The distinctive and original contribution of Leśniewski consists in the construction of three interrelated logical systems, to which he gave the names, derived from the Greek, of protothetic, ontology, and mereology. The logical basis of the whole theory, and hence its name (prōtos, “first”), is provided by protothetic, which is ...

  • Clifford Algebra combines geometry and algebra intuitively

    Posted in Mathy Stuff on Aug 07, 2017

    I always just assumed the link between algebra and geometry was pretty solid, but actually it's two different worlds, similar to Poincare's distinction between logical and intuitive that I've discussed elsewhere (and so has Terence Tao). So it's nice to find that someone found an William Kingdon Cliffordelegant synthesis between the two worlds. Apparently it's so elegant it compresses Maxwell's first four equations into a single one, for example. Why isn't this already well known? Curious? Me, too. So here's a lonnnnng page to get you started. Me too, when I find the time to read it all, which is why this post is her...

  • note to self on trivalence topic

    Posted in Mathy Stuff on Aug 07, 2017

    This blog talks about trivalence with several posts I want to read more and maybe respond to someday when I have a little time to spare.

    Looking at Kratzer’s lumping problem, or the ill fit of the material conditional with natural language, I get the impression that logic is in its infancy. Beginning with Frege there has been rapid innovation in logic. Unlike technology, which responds with increasing rapidity to a fiercely competitive market, logic hasn’t found its market value, so its progress will seem slow in comparison — unless someone can discover a logical structure that solves AI chall...

  • In which I discover Final Participation and am delighted

    Posted in Everything on Jul 24, 2017

    Barfield calls the early peoples' common sense "original participation," in that with their sense perceptions there was an extra-sensory participation with the object being sensed. While it is difficult to know what original participation is "like," there are some indications of it in our experience. Barfield mentions feeling panic—a fear that goes beyond what the actual situation warrants. Another might be sexual attraction. Another might be the feeling of emotion from hearing instrumental music. As for what thinking was like at that time, I suspect we could relate that to the thinking of chi...