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pavel-somov's picture
Mar.25.2012
"At 7 years old, Gilad Elbaz [now a founder of a growing data mart, Factual] wrote, 'I want to be a rich mathematician and very smart.'" (NYT, Sunday Business, March 25th, 2012) He now is.  I am glad.  What's next? "The world is one big data problem," Mr. Elbaz says.  And he...
pavel-somov's picture
Feb.06.2012
Cognitions are the machinery of the mind. Mind Luddite, step back (metacognitively) to de-construct these self-deceiving machinations of consciousness!
pavel-somov's picture
Dec.31.2011
We seem to have a choice: to study the Variable or to study the Constant. In fact, there is no difference: to study that which always changes is to study the unknowable; to study that which never changes is to study that which is beyond knowledge. Choose your vector of dis-interest.
bro-smith-sgs's picture
Sep.25.2010
    A Comment on Contemplation citing John. 20:1-10 As we come to a close of another season, let us take a moment to reflect and see which of the two disciples we are. A preliminary notation: a) When one reads this account, a few things need to be observed, for argument's sake, let us stay...
raymond-mallette's picture
Sep.08.2010
     Don't you hate it when someone asks, "What's your IQ?"      One's IQ (intelligence quotient) is merely a number somebody had to figure out a formula to arrive at, and then later pat themself on the back for their personal ingenuity. Nicely done,... oh inventor of statistics that...
pavel-somov's picture
Jul.28.2010
The picture of the universe shifts from tongue to tongue. (Stuart Chase) Consider a soap bubble on a sunny day: what color is it? It depends, right? On what? On the angle of view. Certainty is an impasse. Reality is rarely (if ever!) either "this" or "that." Dichotomous (i.e....
allan-james-cox's picture
May.30.2010
                                 Learning Is your Dance of Life1.    Some of our best learning is unlearning—when we      learn what we thought was true, isnt.2.    Some of our best knowing is not knowing—when we have       “beginners mind.”3.    “I am still learning.” Michelangelo at age 87.4.    ...
pavel-somov's picture
May.14.2010
Small Knowledge said: "Ji Zhen holds that the world was not created by anything, and Jiezi holds that it was created by something. Which is correct and which is wrong?"Comprehensive Understanding, as reported by Zhuangzi, replied: "Cocks crow and dogs bark." That's what Zhuangzi...
pavel-somov's picture
May.13.2010
At my epistemological best, I am a lucid dreamer, dreaming that I am awake. At my epistemological worst, I am blissfully asleep, believing in a distinction between fact and fiction. At my epistemological middle, I am the sound of one skull breathing and snoring.
pavel-somov's picture
May.12.2010
Zoo hypothesis is “the untestable hypothesis that the Earth has been visited by extraterrestrial civilization whose members have left no signs of their visits, presumably because they did not wish to disturb the development of the primitive life-forms they found. Such visitors might even be...