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One way to think about quantum operators is as Questions that are asked of a quantum system. Identity operator = “Who are you?” Energy operator = “How much do you weigh?” “What is your spin along the z axis?” and … Continue reading

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Parameters

The shape of the continents depends on the global temperature. (Cold locks ice in polar caps.) Google “Morse theory”. The price of housing always rises, until it doesn’t.  You develop a system of habits to discipline yourself; maxims for self-motivation; … Continue reading

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The Self

This week I posted different viewpoints on The Self. Particularly I’m interested in self as a function of inputs. Just as the size of eyes a fly is born with is a function of the temperature of the eggs, so too, … Continue reading

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Talking in Tuples

Mathematics is the *Most* Different Language. In Can we make mathematics intelligible?, R P Boas jokes: There is a test for identifying some of the future professional mathematicians at an early age. These are the students who instantly comprehend a sentence … Continue reading

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Logic, like mathematics, is regarded by many designers with suspicion. Much of it is based on various superstitions about the kind of force logic has in telling us what to do. First of all, the word “logic” has some currency … Continue reading

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What is an eigenvector?

The eigenvectors of a matrix summarise what it does. Think about a large, not-sparse matrix. A lot of computations are implied in that block of numbers. Some of those computations might overlap each other—2 steps forward, 1 step back, 3 steps … Continue reading

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