Monday, June 29, 2009
The quote is from the NYT.
Selling computers. That sounds like a focused approach. I expect Taiwan to do well. There is a new important technological country.
Above you can read what I got at 3:46 pm June 29, 2009.
Of course you can go there yourself. My point is that this information will change as days go by and more things are known; nevertheless Wikipedia can be a good reliable source if one knows how to use it. This may be a good example of the famous site.
Our gut instinct is to say no, if Information exists objectively, and yes, if it depends on being understood.
If temperature is emergnet, I don't see a problem in having Information also emergent.
The importance of Information in the evolution of our Universe is increasing; as we see the dangers caused by human activity in warming the Earth.
It is possible that all arrays have Information, whether or not intelligent beings understand them, but it is a fact that patterns are understood by all sorts of animals, plants, and chemical reactions among comnplex molecules. That information that is not understood, may not be so ,in a deeper sense.
Some Yale scientists put quantum mechancis to work for them in an electronic chip. Cool.
The Arctic Thaw Could Make Global Warming Worse
There is a heroine there: Katey Walter; she is a Professor at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. There are villains also. Businesmen and politicians trying to profit out of the thawning of the North Pole.
The situation is dead serious. Keep on eye on these developments.
The plot thickens. I remember some months ago that the Bush administration had cancelled a satellite project to better monitor the Earth. Now I read in Scientific American that Prof. Walter uses a GERMAN stellite, TerraSAR-X, why does she need help from a foreign country? I'm all for international cooperation, but to me this smells funny, a rat, or methane.
Could it be that American moneyed interests were trying to stop the work, of this courageous woman?
In any case: Keep an eye open on this woman's scentific work.
Is this a law of Social Sciences?
Poor people against rich people?
I know people in both camps, I am not very close to the rich ones, otherwise I'll be richer, I guess. What I can tell you is that loyalty is important in both sets of classes. Some times people from the rich classes, like Mao Tze Tung, Fidel Castro, and others, "betray" their class and join the poor people, but these are the exceptions that prove the rule.
What side are you in, Barack Obama?
Sunday, June 28, 2009
No, thank you.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
This is the first time that a lead from Twitter leads to relevant science for my research. I am studying Gamma Ray Bursts Eveline Helder from Astronomical Institute Utrecht, Netherlands, provides proof that half the energy produced in a Supernova explosion goes into making Cosmic Rays.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Ethimologically we have form and inside,in-form-ation, something like the structure, arrangement, or parts that make up an object; that form the object. Nevertheless I wrote concept, not object, so what is it, a concept, or an object?
The issue is even harder with Shannon's Communication Theory, because as he formulated it, it had to do with human communication, at least the telephone company he worked for was not interested in bird communication, those animals don't pay telephone bills, unless they are some wealthy parrots.
Be it as it may, it is clear that we are just one of a group of animals that communicate, we just happen to be the animal "in charge" right now. I believe we are in front of an object. Information exists, in the following sense.
This universe is ordered, there are other possible universes less ordered. The given order is Information. We have the scientific method, to find that order, when we do, we'll know the Information in this Universe. This may be a never ending process, we do not know that, and that is precisely what Information is, that we cannot know beforehand; we have to figure it out as we go along.
The arrangement of the parts of the Universe is an object: the Universe itself.
A 27 year old Philosophy student killed in the streets of Tehran, in my book this is a tragedy of global proportions.
My heart aches, so much beauty ending so fast.
Hugo Chávez, shame on you!
These events remind me of the Communist Party in Mexico defending Joseph Stalin when he killed Lev Trotsky in Coyoacán.
Ideology does not trump a human life. Ideology is a tool to make sense of the world, not to justify atrocities.
No matter how small each one of us is, we are the children of stars; we are made out of star ashes.
I will remember you; Neda Agha Soltan.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
One community organiser and a union organiser are Presidents. How did this happen?
Maybe the world is getting fairer, or the real powers are not the ones we see.
Take your pick.
How much I wished Representative Rohrabacher was right.
Then I would not have to listen to James Hansen Ph.D. Go away reason, we have well paid lobbyists to take care of us.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Most of all this is inspired by Stephen Wolfram.
As Guillermo González says, it is like somebody put that lab there so we can learn what a black hole is.
Now let me turn to Carlos Frenk. This Mexican-British scientist published a paper on the Los Alamos National Laboratory electronic repository with a report on the use of Artificial Neural Nets (ANNs)to calculate the properties of many galaxies for an electronic catalog for future research. The ANN speeds up the calculations, that would take one hundred years otherwise.
James Cronin successfully organized an international collaboration to study what may well be the highest energy particle accelerator we will get information from in the foreseeable future. The south part of the detector is operating in Argentina already. This is the Pierre Auger Observatory for cosmic rays. The north section part of the apparatus is planned for construction in Colorado, USA. This collaboration already spent money to look into the results of another experiment set up for us more than fifty million light years away.
Now we come to Rene Descartes and I finish with Wolfram and I.
Descartes follows an old sceptic tradition in Philosophy. How do we know? What is true?
Our senses lie. As we age we don't have the same quality of perception. When young we hear from 20 cycles per second to twenty thousand, when old, both ranges change, the low frequencies and the high frequencies are perceived differently. So which is the true sound of our voice?
Sunday, June 21, 2009
This quote is from a recent report on 15 years of study.
I just realized that my son has been alive during all those years. So S2 went around the center of the galaxy in the time my son has gone from Mexico to Chicago.
He is not back in Mexico though : (
Mr. Carl Fredricksen represents the adventure we all feel inside us. Since humans first left Africa many thousand years ago. There were at least two memorable scenes. When he lets all the stuff behind, so his house-ship can sail off; and when he reads the last entries of Ellie's Diary. He understands the meaning of life: it is to always look for adventure.
Cannes and Disney together. Who would've guessed!
I loved this film.
I don't believe in fate, but right now my situation is unsettled to say the least.
This being the International Year of Astronomy, since four hundred years ago Galileo Galilei looked up at the sky with a telescope, I've been busy inviting kids to look up.
There are some Mexican traditional ideas about the ball game and the four important sun positions in the sky. Let's start with today's. The Sun was going away towards the North, more and more each day, then today it stops and starts going South. At the Vernal Equinox, on September 22, day and night will be equal. Then comes Winter Solstice, when the Sun seems to be going South to not come again. But it does stop on the Solstice. In its way North, we have the Spring Equinox, equal day and night again.
Nearby in Teopantecuantitlán, there is the Ball Game, oriented with the San Andrés Cross, not like Christ's, which is crossed, but more like the X in MeXico. The lines in X are aligned towards the solstices. I've been told, that it was no game, the warriors actually died to stop the Sun from leaving us.
Is there a message here?
I leave that to those more informed on New Age lore. Maybe this year when I know what the solstice is, 23.44o missalignment between the Earth's spin, and the Solar System plane, I can start thinking on 2012. Maybe something will happen, maybe nothing. But now I know that people around here in Guerrero, Mexico, have been looking up for a long time, and if they start talking about sky signals, I'll listen.
That made my day. The eggrolls in the morning and then this, that was good.
What really comes to mind is that my children need me. I have to do better for them.
It is some kind of cosmic ladder. I'm just a rung. Come up kids. I won't break!
Monday, June 15, 2009
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Saturday, June 13, 2009
I am not familiar with the details of his proposals, but here I write ideas on these two words.
Ontology is part of Philosophy, Semiotics is part of Linguistics. The former is older than the latter. The study of language as a discipline requires more mathematics than old fashion Philosophy. The questions are sharper, and so should the answers. My concern here is with numbers.
Counting numbers were given by God, according to some mathematician, Kronecker. There were debates already about counting and new made up numbers. I do believe that all numbers are made up, but I certainly can see the difference between one, two, three, and zero, infinity and square root of two.
I have been thinking lately about continued fractions, and the representation of irrational numbers as periodic structures, The issue springs out of quadratic versus cubic equations, as Lagrange and Jacobi understood many years ago. I won't go into details here, but do feel compelled to settle in my mind the difference between computer numbers and real numbers.
Writing mathematics for a digital computer, one cannot use infinite processes because no one has an infinite time to wait. The physicality of these instruments forces us to clearly state our meaning, (semantic) ,with clear conventions (semiotics) and separate it from the object (ontology). I hope this states a clear cut practical matter, and not a fuzzy logic problem.
Good symbols, good conventions, will take us a long way in thinking clearly. A computer needs standards to specify a number. Humans get together give a standard, and then the thing is put in hardware. This is definitely more, than trying to tell your mother what square root of two is, unless she happens to be a mathematician.
I believe that there is nothing but the text. Whatever those conventions are, that is what numbers are. The rest is metaphysics.
If this is happening, the Mexican soldiers in the street of Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico, are a dim reflection of the hell coming our way.
Please everybody don't let irrationality destroy the Human Saga.
Is this how it ends? With foam at the mouth lone wolves killing our President?
I feel a current of deep disilusionment in Mexico about the democratic way. I am not a rightist in support of the Partido de Acción Nacional (PAN), but was happy when they sent the rascals out. Seventy years of Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) management of Mexican politics was enough. That party is responsible of the death of several hundred peaceful supporters of the student movement the second of October of 1968.
After nine years of PAN governments at all levels of government I am pissed off at them. Out with the rascals, I say. There is a current scandal in Mexico with a child care installation where several innocent small human beings died, and PAN seems to be involved. Systems for profit are not always the solution to social needs. PAN is not committed to a nation building effort that they fail completely to understand. These rightists are working to end the teaching of Philosophy at the high school level. Unconscioable!
Panistas strike me as simple minded grocery store owners, or small ranches in Guanajuato, hillbillies with Harvard degrees. I do not expect them to understand deep Mexico, nor start fixing the problems nor allowing our country to evolve socially. I still remember that clown, ex Coca Cola employee, famously declaring that he will solve the Indian uprising problem in southern Mexico in fifteen minutes! What nonsense. And Mexicans went for it. To this day whole swats of the south of Mexico are under Indian control like a time bomb waiting to explode like the Shining Path Inca movement in Peru.
These panistas are the most ignorant bunch ever to govern Mexico.
I am eager to read Gordillo's next article on useful vote.
I plan to vote for Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD), but I am not really that eager to see the left miserably fail in governing Mexico, as so many leftist around the world. Starting with Joseph Stalin that killed Lev Bronstein in Mexico, better known as Trotsky.
I guess the way to take politics as everything else in life is with gusto.
World, here goes Mexico trying to invent Mexican Democracy!
P.S. Please no help from the Obama administration. I do not want an Afghanistan kind of nation building!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I am watching C-Span and this poor man looks like he is in trouble. His face reddens and is defensive in his answers. I know about Kucinich and I know he is not going to let this man go scot free.
The financial collapse of the US looks to me like the Roman Empire going down. I think we haven't seen the worst of this.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Unfortunately the destination is not much fun.
Since the Club of Rome scared me when I was only eighteen years old, I haven't felt this worried. People that listen to me politely do not keep the conversation going. You can see my Tweeter post from Scientific American. I guess time is up, or at least we'll see some fireworks.
As you may know in my part of the woods you can regularly see armed soldiers looking for drug dealers. Somehow their presence does not comfort me. The other day the Army fought it off in Acapulco near an apartment I used to stay in.
An obvious answer is to teach others, but I feel that I am not that good of a teacher. I am more interested in what is happening in my field, than how much students learn. My dilemma now arises from my Mathematics Education appointment. I cannot say anymore that teaching is not my primary interest.
After a year of teaching in my mother's home state of Guerrero in Mexico; I am not satisfied. I am grading a classical mechanics course work today. The students did what I asked them more or less, but not quite. Nobody even touched this problem:
Problem 2. It is known from the newspapers that the cosmonaut Leonov, going for a walk in space, threw the lens cap of his movie camera toward the earth. Where did it go?
Should I give them a low grade for not even trying? Or wasn't I clear enough about what was important, and what was not as important?
When in doubt, I tend to grade them high, rather than low. I'll do it one more time. But I know that I have to do better next time.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Way to go niece!
Update: Today, September 15, 2011, her brother defends his thesis at the same town of Barcelona.
Way to go nephew!
Monday, June 08, 2009
I will like to live forever as Ray Kurzweil proposes in the Singularity is Near. I really don't believe him, but I like that life outlook. Instead of facing retirement I am getting ready for a new life stage. If I don't make it to the next crisis, I'll have to take it like a man: What else can I do?
I've met other scientists that accomplished good goals through their lives. I do not envy them, but on the other hand it makes me wonder, about my results, or lack of them. I have been ambitious, believing that by now, I'd have more to show for my work, than I can. I guess this is the crisis part of these reflections.
What options do I have now?
I have been offered to work in an international collaboration, with several universities in this and the European continent. There are at least two goals I see:
- Open Source work in Mathematics Education
- Collaboration with knowledgeable colleagues in a scientific group
I consider them my family, we identify about what has to be done. It is only because I am such a loner that I haven't collaborated with them more.
I will correct that.
Also I'll try to involve other people, like Alex Filippenko that had this to say about an inquire:
I feel that no justice no peace as Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff used to sing is the way out.
Sadly this feeling is not shared by the Political Class of Peru. More death is all I can expect under present circumstances.
You can follow this war through today's transmission in:
Luis got food and tequila. He had a lot of the second and couldn't drive back to his abode high in the mountain. Francisco let him sleep in the house downtown where only a dog lives. There he slept all night, and early next morning Francisco went to wake him up. Luis had to go for his peasant chores early at dawn.
Mr. Cariño Marbán is a relative of grandpa Manuel Uriza Marbán. He also was a peasant, but as far as I know he didn't drink that much after a serenade. Grandpa Ismael, further south in Guatemala, was known for his heavy drinking and playing the marimba. Ismael Cajas was his name.
The things one finds out when one is back in ancestors territory.
Somehow I feel I belong here, as if I had tenure when in reality I am just a guest scientist.
Thanks, Manuel, Ismael, Ramiro Humberto, and all the others that came to this continental lands all the way from Europe, and married with the beautiful people that had come before them through the Bering Strait.
By the way Luis Cariño Marbán still owns escuincle dogs whose ancestors came through the straits more than twenty thousand years ago, also; as he was telling me the other day.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
I posted this in Digg, and Twitter.
I guess I should start organizing my people to sell what we have at a good price.
Friday, June 05, 2009
I wrote about this character below.
All of us once in a while don't do what people around us do. To use this name for those cases is extreme, because Candeche was known to masturbate in public using donkeys. He was, I guess correctly, considered insane. The point here is to give a name to excentric behavior. In Spanish we have a saying: "De músico, poeta y loco, todos tenemos un poco". We are all a bit musicians, poets, and crazy.
Complexity in society, one can read in a recent Science magazine article, comes with demographic growth. Some 45,000 years ago humanity entered a new era, heralded by the appearence of big enough population centers. Numbers alone don't explain, how we figured out Pythagoras Theorem, but I believe that it helps to have different kinds of people around you.
I have been in several academic communities, and we had our share of nut cases. Fortunately for us, none like Scott Roeder, that just killed a Medical Doctor the other day.
The subtle aspects of Candeche are the dangerous ones. People around us put up with us, as long as we produce something they feel they need.
Human genius nonetheless comes from daring spirits unafraid of what other people will say.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
The Large Aperture Gamma Ray Burst Observatory (LAGO) collaboration is planning to use Netbooks for their Data Acquisition System.
These are physicists from:France, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, USA, Peru, Spain, Italy, and Bolivia.
Consumer electronics helps scientific research.
How much a crazy man is just an outcast, not willing to put up with what the rest of the town is perfectly happy with.
This is not a new idea, we have Ken Kesey, One flew over the cuckoo's nest, and the French Movie King of Hearts.
I myself feel detached from my peers once in a while.
I was too young to know any better, I thought Juan Candeche was crazy.
Taken from "New Fixed Target Experiments to Search for Dark Gauge Forces"
Instead of speculating what Dark Energy and Matter are, James Bjorken chooses to concretely propose ways to check parameter space regions not explored yet, and suggested by Astronomical observations.
Speculators are good, but doers are better.
Unfortunately I feel that Prof. Bjorken is not listen to as much as he deserves it.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Finally I see light at the end of this tunnel. 1962-2009
Welcome Back, Cuban Brothers and Sisters!
From this point on, mathematical developments came swiftly, contributing to and benefiting from contemporary advances in the physical sciences. This progress was greatly aided by advances in printing. The earliest mathematical books printed were Peurbach's Theoricae nova planetarum(1472}, followed by a book on commercial arithmetic, the Treviso Arithmetic (1478), and then the first extant book on mathematics, Euclid's Elements, printed and published by Ratdolt in 1482.
Driven by the demands of navigation and the growing need for accurate maps of large areas,trigonometry grew to be a major branch of mathematics. Bartholomaeus Pitiscus was the first to use the word, publishing his Trigonometria in 1595. Regiomontanus's table of sines and cosines was published in 1533.
By century's end, thanks to Regiomontanus (1436–76) and François Vieta (1540–1603), among others, mathematics was written using Hindu-Arabic numerals and in a form not too different from the notation used today.
Acer to make first-ever Android netbooks
I guess some kind of change is in the way. Obama's administration is already lobbying insurance companies representatives in Congress, that in itself is obscene, I thought only people had representatives, to request every person in the US to have medical insurance.
I hope change comes in time. We should be worrying on how to compete in the world, not on where my next pay check is coming from.
The hope comes from the invitation of Latin American countries to Cuba to join the OAS.
Mexico never broke diplomatic relations with Cuba. Now the whole continent has the same opinion as my country.
Obviously as long as rich kids own all the toys, they are not going to pay us for doing nothing.
Then: What do I mean?
First, find yourself a Maecenas , i.e. find a rich person willing to pay for what you know. Then think things through. Maybe we are in a New World.
It is a pleasure to watch this.
Obama is charming the Muslim World.
Mr. Obama replied, “Shoukran,” using the Arabic for “Thank you.”
Way to go, Barack!
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
I think of Aristotle., Alexander, and Philip II.
I'm sure I'm making too much of this.
Monday, June 01, 2009
I know Professor Cheng, he is a deep thinker, with an impressive track record, he is tenured at MIT. Besides, he has his own thoughts, the product of an original mind.
Is it true?
Only experimental tests can answer this, he is a scientist.
I just found out about his proposal today, because I was trying to make sense of Craig Hogan's idea for the Holographic Universe.
Hogan's ideas, ring a slight bell sound in my head, similar with the almost forty year old Expanding Proton discovery, of Professors Hung Cheng and Tai Tsun Wu, in the US, together with Frolov, Gribov, and Lipatov in the USSR.
I just started thinking about this today. More to come later.
Is this so?
To start off, Marx's laws are not Physics Laws. I believe in the second but not the former.
My reason is simple, Physics Laws are about simple, repetitive events, Marx's Laws are about complex non-repetitive events. This is the same reason I don't believe in Theological debates, I find them a waste of time. How many angels do fit in the head of a pin?
Good luck to GM workers though. I really don't believe they will beat Chinese workers; Chinese workers are better educated than the US ones, and they spend less money for upkeep. That to me looks more like a Law of Social Relations, that the Law of the Class Struggle.
I should state, that I am envious of those UAW workers, I have a Ph.D., and I am unemployed, they know squat, and each one of them, still has more capital than I will ever own.
Go on Chinese kids, show these American comrades from the UAW how to make cars.
My late uncle Ignacio Uriza Castro gave the best description of the tectonic political changes going on in Latin America that I have ever heard.
Describing the state of affairs in Huitzuco, the land where my mother grew up in the twenties, thirties, and early forties, witnessing all those poor peons leaving Huitzuco searching for fair pay for their work in the US said:
Now the poor are rich, and the rich are poor.
He was poor now, and the returning peons were rich.
His grandson Ignacio Cárdenas Uriza, organized last week the first ever celebration of the Olympic triumphs of the late General Rubén Uriza Castro, his grand uncle, and my uncle.
I saw two events I cannot let pass. First a nice truck with Texas license plates, taking off after the celebration, with a bunch of kids and their parents. Second my nephew's sister in law cracking up jokes as to how they could practice escaping "La Migra", in these beautiful hills of Huitzuco, where the last event: Enduro , took place.
I just wished more Americans were there with me witnessing a New Nation being born. Not Mexican, not American, but Mexican-American. If you have never been to Mexico, you are missing a great Nation being born. Just like the Paricutín Volcano came out in no time, a new Nation is coming up from the deepest roots that this Continent of Ours can sustain.
You can read about Luis Cariño Marbán below, to learn about these roots. I feel fortunate for the invitation to this celebration by my nephew.
Welcome President Funes, and long live the FMLN !
He won a bicycle race against men half his age. This man is a little older than me, his father was an American indian that escaped the US to go and be free in Mexico, his mother was a Mexican woman from Huitzuco.
My mother's father was Manuel Uriza Marbán, there are many Marbans in Huitzuco. This man has light color eyes like my grandpa.
This man is proud and knowledgeable of his Indian ancestry, he has owned escuincle dogs cross bred with other types of dogs. The escuincles came with the first men and women crossing the Bering strait many thousands years ago. I saw two beautiful specimens he owns.
He lives up in the mountains near La Tequisca, a place I used to go to when I was a kid, but was scared to visit now for fear of seeing it dead like so many beautiful places in Mexico. He assured me it is still pristine in some locations. I'll be back there sometime.