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Various essays and translations from over the years. 

Category:
Essays
Created:
02/18/17
Modified:
02/21/17
Words:
3457

Since 16th March 2016, there has been continuous discussion of leaks, without any regard of how counter espionage catches spies, simply calling for it to happen instead of thinking how. This article explains some basic principles of counter espionage; cites indications it is occurring right now; spells out the actual implications that have been totally unconsidered for almost a year now; and considers how we should respond to the circumstance.

Where is the Fake News Really Coming From?
More: The White House Makes Fake News To Find Leaks
Category:
Essays
Created:
06/07/16
Modified:
06/07/16
Words:
802

One frustration in teaching Socrates' allegory of the cave in the last decade has been that its parallels with the movie 'The Matrix,' once indicated, tend to overwhelm the young mind with inopportune imageries, such that the original point is rather lost. Yet on the other hand, the students taught also me some new insights I did not expect, and one of those was the role of fear.

Things may not be What they seemed?
More: Glaucon in the Matrix
Category:
Essays
Created:
01/20/16
Modified:
01/24/16
Words:
940

Trump promises he'll build a wall along the Mexican border, professedly to keep Mexicans out, but you do know he is kind of annoyed Bush invaded Iraq instead of Mexico? And now Cruz et al. want a wall too? So the new plan is actually to invade Mexico, like Israel does with its walls, obviously! Finally, an invasion America could actually win, do you think?

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses...
More: The Republican Plan to Invade Mexico
Category:
Essays
Created:
07/22/15
Modified:
01/21/16
Words:
427

On Tuesday July 21st 2015, the Committee to Evaluate the Defense Budget recommended freezing the defense budget for five years. Taking the total military budget and dividing by number of active military personnel, spending is now only $4.2 million per soldier.

Thankfully, as President Obama is reducing military personnel by 10%, freezing the military budget will increase spending to $4.6 million per soldier.But is this really enough?

Current Annual Education and Military Spending per Teacher and Soldier
More: Is $4.6 Million per Soldier Enough?
Category:
Essays
Created:
07/21/15
Modified:
04/09/16
Words:
525

"It's the most rational explanation for the Fermi paradox," one panelist concluded on National Public Radio today, later explaining how Stephen Hawking deduced that aliens may choose to destroy our planet rather than risk such lack of empathy continue unchecked in the cosmos.

Looks Like its time to Blow the Earth Up

More: Donald Trump Frightens Away Aliens
Category:
Essays
Created:
07/22/15
Modified:
06/03/16
Words:
2502

Some time ago I stated rather sardonically that the same arguments used to demote Pluto from planethood would remove Washington DC from the USA, which is actually a scathing condemnation of the quality of philosophical thought even in the scientific communities of this nation. There was a great deal of naive complaint about that statement, so this post explains the problem in detail.

A Representation of Alfred Korzybski's Statement that a Map is Not the Territory
More: American Delusions 2: the Pluto Planethood Debate
Category:
Essays
Created:
05/26/15
Modified:
01/21/16
Words:
5837

After exploring how to link the conscious and unconscious abstractions with basic feelings, this article postulates a new model for dreams, summarizes the possibilities for computer simulation, and provides a high-level description of the initial cognition process. It is intended as a framework for systematic discussion of each component and process in the hypercognition system, sufficient to define a learning Artificial Intelligence (AI) with emotions and dreams.

HAL AI Hypercognitive Architecture

More: Designing HAL, a Learning AI with Emotions and Dreams
Category:
Essays
Created:
05/29/15
Modified:
01/21/16
Words:
2714

The great ornithologist Richard Attenborough was once asked why birds sing. After a long explanation, ending in a detailed examination of what happens during a morning chorus, he concluded, "So, if there are no predators, and it is not time to mate, why is there still a morning chorus? Well. It's too late to sleep. It's too early to catch worms. So there isn't anything else to do."

Leonardo, at MIT is one of the most Advanced Humanoid Intelligences
More: Designing HAL: Play and Archetypal Formation in Categorical Processing Domain
Category:
Essays
Created:
12/07/14
Modified:
01/21/16
Words:
2533

Has anyone ever wondered why Intel and Sun Microsystems, the two largest microprocessor design companies in silicon valley, fought pretty well everyone else, but not each other, for over 20 years? Here is a beautiful and fantastic story explaining decades of peace and prosperity, based on a secret alliance for which I was the architect. Almost no one noticed it, and absolutely no one could destroy it. Not even Microsoft.

More: the SunTel Alliance
Category:
Essays
Created:
05/09/15
Modified:
01/21/16
Words:
1817

Non-Aristotelianism is the primary premise for a specialized field of study called General Semantics: a difficult subject to understand as it is totally different from almost everything else we ever learn. Aristotle wrote that a true definition gives the essence of the thing defined (in Greek, literally "the what it was to be"). This is such a core concept in almost all our understanding of the world, including science, mathematics and logic, that we have trouble recognizing how it hobbles our ability to perceive reality more accurately.

A Non-Aristotelian System from Alfred Korzybski, the Basis of General Semantics
More: Non-Aristotelianism and General Semantics
Category:
Essays
Created:
05/09/15
Modified:
01/21/16
Words:
2293

I have been asked to teach on Eastern religion, starting with Buddhism. When one learns the premise of Buddhism, that the world is made of suffering, one is discovering the same premise which led the rich and knowledgeable Prince Siddhartha to leave his royal life and become the first Buddha, starting one of the most wondrous religions in the world.

Prince Siddhartha Considers His Rule

More: The Law of Karmic Delusion
Category:
Essays
Created:
04/14/15
Modified:
01/21/16
Words:
2350

Next year, the Chinese government in Nepal will be building the first road past this remote Buddhist settlement, which has existed much the same without contact with the rest of the world for 600 years. now they will have amenities, access to hospitals, and schools, say the Maoist extremists now running Nepal. But will the local people, who are used to living in total isolation, survive the cultural transition?

Looking where the First Road will Be, after >600 Years of Isolation
More: The Ancient Kingdom of Lo
Category:
Essays
Created:
12/20/14
Modified:
01/21/16
Words:
396

In the golden era of ancient Greece, a medley of traveling teachers specialized in rhetoric and the philosophy of science. Rhetoric was a new skill made necessary in a democracy which remains mostly misunderstood to this day. In ancient Greece, these poor vagrant teachers, eking out a living by teaching children how to rule, were called sophists. Here is the most famous of them. Socrates, in his one suriviving portrait in Turkey near Ephesus (apparently drunk and with devil's horns).

The Only Portrait of Socrates

More: A People's History of Plato
Category:
Essays
Created:
06/30/12
Modified:
01/21/16
Words:
4899

Gospel of Thomas

Many scholars regard the Gospel of Thomas as one of the most important texts in understanding early Christianity outside the New Testament. It is one of the earliest accounts of the teaching of Jesus outside of the canonical gospels. Here is my own translation.
More: Gospel of Thomas