• God is an infinite sphere, the center of which is everywhere, the circumference nowhere

    Posted in Everything, Mathy Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation on Feb 20, 2018

    Introduction

    Below is a long list of quotations on the infinite sphere whose center is everywhere. Others have gathered similar lists of this quotation over the centuries; this present list is the most extensive available online. The quotes below range from Jorge Luis Borges to the Tao Te Ching, from Joseph Campbell to Nietzsche, from the ancient Greek Empedocles (possibly the first mention) to a scientist talking about the Big Bang (one of the latest), and many in between. I suspect there are at least as many authors and thinkers again, beyond this present listing, who can be added to the gr...

  • My 2 cents on blockchain as I slowly understand the trust bit

    Posted in Everything on Feb 16, 2018

    Blockchain is not "just another database." Or even "a decentralized database." It is more, because it enables two people to trust each other without relying on a third party.

    It took me a while to realize how important and revolutionary that is, so... here is my brief intro to the idea as it finally clicked:

    When you make a $100 credit card transaction, there's you and the shopkeeper AND the credit card company.

    Shopkeeper needs to be able to trust that the money you promise (via credit card swipe) really will be paid to him as promised. The credit card company does a quick balance check and...

  • Something from Nothing or Nothing from Something?

    Posted in Everything, Phlosphy Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation, Pre-Preprint Stuff on Feb 05, 2018

    Hebrew mysticism, in a typically non-binary manner, answers the question of Something from Nothing vs Nothing from Something with "Both, depending on your perspective."

    Ayin is closely associated with the Ein Sof (Hebrew אין סוף, meaning "no end", "without an end" ), which is understood as the Deity prior to His self-manifestation in the creation of the spiritual and physical realms, single Infinite unity beyond any description or limitation. From the perspective of the emanated created realms, Creation takes place "Yesh me-Ayin" ("Something from Nothing"). From the Divine perspective, Creatio...

  • On the Art of Approaching Math and Quantum Physics from a Child's Perspective

    Posted in Everything, Mathy Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation on Jan 18, 2018

    Originally written in fits and starts from 2015-2019

    In unexperienced infancy
    Many a sweet mistake doth lie:
    Mistake though false, intending true;
    A seeming somewhat more than view;
    That doth instruct the mind
    In things that lie behind,
    And many secrets to us show
    Which afterwards we come to know.
    -- Thomas Traherne (1637–1674)

    A Singular Decision and a Long Childhood

    There is something unique in my approach to math and physics which has to do with a curious decision I made in early teens, probably around age twelve. Having reached the height of childhood thinking, I could finally see what pre...

  • Shallow Christians don't admire Reinhold Niebuhr

    Posted in Everything on Jan 08, 2018

    I confess I had no idea what Reinhold Niebuhr's position was until I was puzzled by the following citation where Obama describes him as one of his favorite philosophers during an interview with David Brooks (it might help to know this was pre-president Obama, back when he was the idealist who hadn't yet broken any of the idealistic and inspiring promises he made on his way to the White House):

    Out of the blue I asked, "Have you ever read Reinhold Niebuhr?" Obama's tone changed. "I love him. He's one of my favorite philosophers." So I asked, "What do you take away from him?" "I take away," Obam...

  • When Dividing the Singularity You Risk Dividing Forever

    Posted in Everything, Postinfinity Tergiversation, Pre-Preprint Stuff on Jan 06, 2018

    The Primordial Singularity is clearly very large, for it encompasses our universe, which is very large -- currently unmeasurably so. Yet it has the nature of perfect, instantaneous communication: when something happens on one "end" of its immensity, the information is communicated instantaneously to the other end (and all points between) instantaneously.

    Singularity

    There is no time involved, (for it is somewhere within the singularity that time exists -- as a temporary state dwelling in what must be one small portion of the greater singularity). Yes, "one portion of the singularity" is a paradox, but fo...

  • Ternary entropy?

    Posted in Mathy Stuff on Jan 04, 2018

    Need to think about this one for a while, I think the author is onto something, but I need to understand entropy a little better before I can assess this:

    When we're working with binary states entropy isn't a 1 or a 0. Its definition is instead related to the amount of information we can hold versus how much we're actually holding. Same is true for a ternary state. The catch here is that we only have access and effects from two states. We basically have 1 and +0 and -0. With no way to tell if a zero is negative or not. We've altered entropy's definition here. Since no information actually ever...

  • Let's stop banging photons into things in order to measure them

    Posted in Mathy Stuff on Jan 01, 2018

    The guy offscreen arguing with the professor in the last couple minutes of the video is making a point I've contemplated many times. I'll paraphrase:

    "The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle is not a statement about the intrinsic nature of quantum mechanical things (as it is commonly presented), but a statement about the inability to measure below a certain threshold in size because our instruments of measurement are so crude they change the state of that which is being measured. So why not develop ways of knowing the state of things which doesn't rely on banging into them with photons?"

    https://...

  • AI data economies on the blockchain

    Posted in Everything on Dec 30, 2017

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms_1TZL-Z48

    https://venturebeat.com/2017/12/23/why-you-want-blockchain-based-ai-even-if-you-dont-know-it-yet/

    https://oceanprotocol.com/

     

  • Monty Hall, Erdos, and... Ego?

    Posted in Mathy Stuff on Dec 08, 2017

    It took me a long time to figure out the Monty Hall problem. I was relieved to discover it also took Erdos a long time, and most others. After much stumpification, I found this thread and finally got it:

    The exact wording of the problem can change the answer. For example, in this version

    There are two doors with goats and one with a car. You choose one door from the three. The host selects one of the doors with a goat from the remaining two doors, and opens it. Should you switch doors if given the chance?

    has a different answer than this one

    There are two doors with goats and one with a car...