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   What lies in these pages are ideas. Some didn't survive. Some still live
   on in my mind. Some are young and immature, while others are older.
   Some seem immortal, borrowed from other minds from long ago.
   Plimpsestos is greek and means something like "scratchpad".
   Filter through your experiences what you can, and the rest will have to
   be considered noise. 

   Remember, in computer science, "interpreters" are very bad at error 
   checking compared to "compilers". And even though a Pascal compiler will 
   find many errors in a language it doesn't understand, like Lisp, that
   is no indication that the Lisp program is wrong.
   Compilers are always very fast, so when you are in trouble, use
   an interpreter; use your instinct.

Other Usenet articles.
Inductive vs. deductive reasoning
The Nature of Questions and Answers An Inquiry into Inquiry
Analogical and Logical Thinking "Dharmak on the ocean. Temba his arms wide.", metaphor as a language
Schrodinger's Cat
Moire Aliasing and Quantum Mechanics
The Resolution of Duality
Computer Generated Holograms Link
Optical Computation
Analogy and Logy I The two tools of rational thinking
Analogy and Logy II
Analogy in Logy III
Mathematical Physics What is Time ?
The Art of Telepathy
On Learning
Homegeneous Coordinate Transforms Notes on Computer Graphics
DaVinci's Perspective of Color
Negative Probabilities
Bremermann's Limit
Old Brief summary of the ideas in this site Language Translation
The Hunter and the Farmer
The Complete Picture
Excercising the Eye, Mind and Heart
Space, Time and Dimensions What is space ?
The Weight of Information

Technical valuation of stocks is speculative, relative (in terms of space and states, not time) and predictive (IV.) while Fundamentalist valuation of stocks is objective, absolute (in terms of space and states, not time), and prophetic (I.) So, the Fundamentalist prophesizes the future of a company, the Technical trader cares only about tomorrow or next week at the most. Prophesy says "what" but is ignorant to exactly "when", prediction or "projection" is more exactly "when" but not exactly "what" (tomorrow there could be a war or stock market collapse that would destroy in an instant any projection based on a time-series trend. This is the forced collapse of the speculative and inflated wavefunction which more often is called a "correction").
Mind, Language and Matter
Buddhism and Physics
The Human Tree
The Gallery of Music
The Ocean of People
The Subjective Bomb
In Man's Image ?
Religion and Dualism
The Moral Stock
The Embarassment of Balancing
The Science of "Faith" when empirically derived laws faulter there is still a kind of theoretical "faith" in the law
The temporal expectation of gravity The information theory of black holes
The Quantum Bicycle Prediction vs. Prophesy
Observation and Measurment
Revolt and Patriotism the transference of a people and its God
Infinity and Classifications
The ordering of spatial states and temporal events
Discourse and Debate
More mature than mature How mature can adults become ?
Function over Form and Substance
Wisdom and Chaos How do you decide whether something is true or not when you can't decide ?
Bivalence medium is the message <-> message is the medium
Demarcation "We demand that we demand demarcation! " - Douglas Adams, "HHGTTG"
Shakespeare and Quantum Mechanics The actionable statements of a language are grounded in and constrained by mathematics and physics
Space and Time to Think
Cryptanalysis and Language Recognition
Signal processing vs. QM
Subjective vs. Objective Space-Time The objective world is seen as a convenient, if not perfectly efficient, proto-language for communication of subjective ideas.
Fundamental dichotomies in the Evolution of Symbolism work in progress
A bridge too far Is there such a thing as a concept which is "too general" ?
Einstein and Saussure The uncanny comparison of Saussure's Synchronic/Diachronic analysis to frequency and time domain analysis and more...
Zipf's law, Saussure and Quanta Fundemental communications laws pop up in many fields- the quantum in linguistics
Linguistic Wars a Rosetta Stone
Whorf and Hopi Language very physical expressions from cryptotypes of "tenseless" verbs in the Hopi language
Whorf and Ethnocentricity Is eastern and western ethnocentricity gramatically derived ?
The Game Linguistic Perception. How to control the populace as if they were little finite impulse response (FIR) filters.
Linguistic Variance Compilers vs. Interpreters
Space, Time and Memory Recursive and iterative processes and their associated notions of Time
Space-like vs. Time-like Aliasing and/or interference; take your pick.
Static and Dynamic Databases Sampled and Real-time data are treated differently in terms of space and time.
Context and Randomness Context is everything
Quality and Quantity Can physicists drive a car ?
More on time Time as a linguistic/communications context
Benjamin Lee Whorf Linguistics and the perception of the physical world (see also Berlin and Kay)
The Wave-Particle Duality A conjecture on the dualism.
A Clockwork Orange A summary of the ideas on duality contained in this web site
Politics and Wave-particle duality Does western democracy consider everyone a consumer while communism treats everyone as a consumer-producer ?
Valences A very vague hierarchy of valences; just and idea
Aharonov-Bohm Volumes Why don't we have a concept of an unobservable volume embedded in an observed space ?
Superluminal Communication Raymond Chiao's definition of front velocity and it's relationship to compressed vs. uncompressed data.
Superpositions vs. Entanglements They're not the same
Identity The definition of identity; identical, distinguishable
The General Principle of Duality Defined in part
Dualisms Connected dualisms are the fuzzy gray areas between truth and falsity.
Diversity and Integrity An application of the general principle of duality.
Covariance, Dualism, and constants in managment An application of the general principle of duality. No pidegeon holing allowed.
The laser as a mathematical model of the economy An application of the general principle of duality.
Quantum Mechanical Intensity and Instantaneous Intensity Negative intensities revisited.
Intensity and Amplitude Taking the wave-particle as given. Are negative intensities necessary in the description of scattering ?
Philosophical vs. Top-down thinking
Physics, Economics, and Probability
From QM to Color Theory
The Other Uncertainty Relation The number of photons vs. phase
Black-Body Radiation
Euler's relation
Superpositions and Mixtures Some more thoughts

Symmetries of Measurement

Information Theory and Physics Nature's bit resolution and sample rate
Planck's constant Constants have underlying physical relations that important theoretically. What is the underlying physical relation for Wien's B-B constant ?
Interference with Polarization This is set up for a special Mach 32 VGA card driver.
Convolution This is a simple operation that is very interesting.
Zero-point energy ? Like voltage multipliers ?
Quantum Logic Does QM violates the Law of Contradication ? (Bell's inequality)
Uncertainty What happens to the distinction between the observer and observed for macro vs. microscopic observations ?
Are Photons Particles ? What is a particle ? Distinguishability.
Map Discreteness vs. Continuity
A Bayesian Mechanics -- Quantum Mechanics based on fuzzy subsethood
Subsethood Fuzzy Subsethood
Fuzzy Mechanics -- How color theory suggests Fuzzy Theory in QM
Are Photons Bosons ? -- When is it proper to call a photon a boson ?
Polarizers are n-slits -- About Mixtures and Superpositions
Superpositions and Mixtures -- Mixtures and Superpositions and the Renormalization problem
Counting Primes using a Young's n-slit experiment -- How to use Bayesian Mechanics
A General Concept of Refraction - Virtual Media -- Ideas on integrating generalized dispersions
Tunneling and Wavefunction Collapse
Vacuum Polarization
Algebraic Geometry

Older Stuff

Quantum Mechanics The Three Prism Problem
Quantum Mechanics and Digital Signal Processing
The Principle of Superposition
Probabilities in Quantum Mechanics
Coordinates, Dimensions and Orthogonality

The Speed of a Wave Pulse

Digital Signal Processing and Speech Recogniton

Signal Processing
A small program I wrote to interactively analyze the sound contents of
a Sound Blaster Voc file that includes Spectral and Amplitude
graphs. I used this program to recognize vowel formants and
some phonemes. It can also be used to play back a spectrally
modified sound on the speakers
A picture of what the program displays
This is a spoken word. Can you recognize what the word is ? Hint: the vowels are painted green and consonants are blue (where they can be recognized by the program) vowels have "formants" which are the horizontal arcs in the frequency spectra.
Whistle Recognition
One of my small inventions. A PC program to recognize whistled notes.
The intention was for computer input by disabled or for musical
composition. A related program was developed that could move a mouse
cursor up, down, left, right depending upon the whisteled frequencies.
Another variation, used vowel formants of the words "up", "down",... to
do the same thing (since these words have more or less distinct formants)

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