Skip to main content

Posts

Web Notes - I

1st Feb, 2018
Bangalore

A.

Douglas Hofstadter is well known for his classic - Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. This book was published in 1979, and I purchased it in 2007, perhaps. I was deeply engaged with this book, for an year, and was so inspired by it that I thought to inspire others by gifting them this book. Little did I know that one of the two-three folks, to whom I gifted this book, complained indirectly about weight of this book, hard to carry.  I am yet not sure of fate of those books, I am very unsure whether people really read books -- those who read are of course scarce in number.
Anyways, Douglas is a big person, in the area of Cognitive Science. And I liked his article:  https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/01/the-shallowness-of-google-translate/551570/.
I will summarise his points (better to read his article):  Tools like Google Translate are half-baked. Lack the organelles to "Understand" translation. Beware of the term "Dee…
Recent posts

Scheme for future Posts

Dear Me,

I understand that though laziness may be one of those things that is keeping you away from writing, but somewhere you are afraid that whatever you are writing may lack soul. In the age, where definition of friendship and sense of warm discussion is blurred, it is anyhow hard to put any soul.  Perhaps, this paper, this digital piece, can be of more help. It can provide more solace. So, please, write more, just in the hope that someday soul will arrive, somehow magically.
I have thus thought of posting small or less on this blog. Hope it works.
Yours.

Close to Truth

सच को जानने के लिए जीतना नज़दीक गया, पता  चला कि सच केवल मेरा रह गया - specific , particular | अब इस सिमित  सत्य के साथ  चलूँ  या की जो initial condition था, यानि कि पूर्ण सत्य से कुछ या ज्यादा  दूरी - वहीं रहूँ | यात्रा अपरिपूर्ण की ही है |  इसलिए पराजय ही लक्ष्य है अथ्वा नियति |

As far as it goes - II

As far as it goes - II
No Indian Universities in Top This was in news today. Multiple reasons can be cited : Universities are not building theoretical models (abstractions). Innovations are not backed by rigor.Service sector lacks innovation. There is too much emphasis on business.Lack of competition these days. IIT JEE entrance examinations have degraded. Seats in IITs were refused. Similar was the condition with NITs and other State funded engineering colleges.Too much emphasis is on testing and monotonous work in offices.They have spoiled regular science education. Quality of regular universities is even worse.Lack of Scientific temperament in Indian diaspora persists. Scientific thought and relevant think tanks are absent.

Darwin's note on Marriage Now even he was not sure. You read it over here for your own pleasure: http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/darwins-notes-on-marriage.

An excerpt (When Marry):

My[17] God, it is intolerable to think of spending ones
whole life, like a neuter …

As far as it goes - I

As far as it goes - I
Feynman, the physicist, married thrice. His persona and fresh approach towards many a realms are omnipresent in his books and lectures; and even after thirteen years and so, ever since I bought his Lectures on Physics, I still refer to them. His second marriage - seven years after his first wife died - with Mary Louise Bel was brief and unsuccessful, and when I was going through Wikipedia on Feynman, I stumbled upon following lines:
He begins working calculus problems in his head as soon as he awakens. He did calculus while driving in his car, while sitting in the living room, and while lying in bed at night.    —Mary Louise Bell divorce complaint[46] I never thought he can be so boring to someone, for he was so exuberant, full of life, and so much indomitable spirit he was. Glare at some of his quotations , which are quite humorous : “Physics isn't the most important thing. Love is.” and “Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out, but that is…

I am A Meta

Did you see Meta ?

People should read Hofstadter. Godel, Escher and Bach is of the finest book that I have read so far, in the Office's Bus ... from Attapur to HiTech City, in Hyderabad. In what could be a possibility, that I will purchase the book The Strange Loop.
The word Meta was most dear some word for me, be it programming, Bourbaki or Tarski.
However another dear some word for me is Isomorphism. Again quite common in Mathematics, yet quite illustrated in GEB.
Every Noun (except/perhaps proper noun) is a kind of Isomorphism. And also traits of Human being.

Narcissistic Personality

Somehow had to confront with such a situation. Here it is[from http://www.mentalhealth.com/dis/p20-pe07.html]:

An individual diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder needs to show at least 5 of the following criteria:

    Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).

    Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.

    Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).

    Requires excessive admiration.

    Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations.

    Is inter-personally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.

    Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or …