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Confidence is necessary for great civilisations to flourish. Do you hear those last echoes of Empire? This was filmed in 1969 but Kenneth Clark had grown up in another age—a time when Great Britain’s cultural superiority went unquestioned in many huts … Continue reading

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from “On Self-Referential Sentences” by Douglas Hofstadter, originally in Scientific American (January 1981), reprinted in Metamagical Themas (1985) via crystilogic (Source: http://amzn.to/Ka9370)

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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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I Need A Speech Bubble To Appear Over My Head When I Talk So I Can Diagram the Bayesian Uncertainty In My Statements

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Me Cuesta

I’m a native English speaker. In Spanish class I was wrongly taught that the basic word “costs” translates as costar — so when you’re talking prices with a merchant, you should be saying ¿Cuánto cuesta? Except that’s wrong. When I spent … Continue reading

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Doug Hofstadter is an inveterate observer of his own mind. His wonderful satirical essay on sexist language builds on a multi-year compilation of sexist words: every time he heard a word that privileges males (like “chairman”, “clergyman”, “foreman”, “manpower”) he’d write … Continue reading

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I learned about Zadeh’s fuzzy logic when I was a graduate student…despite the intrinsic interest of the idea, there didn’t seem to be any really impressive results…. When I first heard about “fuzzy logic” control systems (…about 20 years ago … Continue reading

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