• 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...

  • The world presented by perception is nothing like reality

    Posted in Everything, Postinfinity Tergiversation, Pre-Preprint Stuff on Jul 21, 2017

    This is interesting.

    On one side you’ll find researchers scratching their chins raw trying to understand how a three-pound lump of gray matter obeying nothing more than the ordinary laws of physics can give rise to first-person conscious experience. This is the aptly named "hard problem." On the other side are quantum physicists, marveling at the strange fact that quantum systems don’t seem to be definite objects localized in space until we come along to observe them. Experiment after experiment has shown—defying common sense—that if we assume that the particles that make up ordinary objects h...

  • In Game Theory, No Clear Path to Equilibrium

    Posted in Mathy Stuff, Neural Nets and AI Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation on Jul 21, 2017

    While Myerson has called Nash’s vision of game theory “one of the outstanding intellectual advances of the 20th century,” he sees correlated equilibrium as perhaps an even more natural concept than Nash equilibrium. He has opined on numerous occasions that “if there is intelligent life on other planets, in a majority of them they would have discovered correlated equilibrium before Nash equilibrium.”

    via In Game Theory, No Clear Path to Equilibrium | Quanta Magazine.

  • Natural Language Understanding Systems do not have to be in the cloud

    Posted in Neural Nets and AI Stuff on Jul 14, 2017

    Well this is a nice find. One of the best NLUs out there does NOT run in the cloud. They're quite pleased with this, because there is no need to expose your data to the liabilities of trusting cloud services.

    It achieves comparable outcomes than Alexa or Siri, while running fully on device, and without access to the vast amount of training data others have. Hopefully this starts to show that AI performance and Privacy can co-exist, and hence should be the default.

    via Benchmarking Natural Language Understanding Systems.

    By the way, Snips, I'm delighted to see that you intend to Open Source you...

  • Neural net methodology leads to brain study's ability to read minds

    Posted in Neural Nets and AI Stuff on Jul 05, 2017

    This is interesting, arising out of the sort of recursive study of brains using neural net methodologies. In short, we're finding the building blocks -- common across cultures and not word-based -- of complex thoughts. The end of this journey is definitely the ability of a computer to read minds. The applications of this ability are endless, from helping people who cannot speak, to better understanding... well everything.

    Beyond Bananas: CMU Scientists Harness "Mind Reading" Technology to Decode Complex Thoughts

    More interesting to me than the mind reading angle is a rare link to one of the mo...