Of Comets and Cosmological Presumption

Ian Wright, the lead scientist on the Ptolemy instrument, describes the organics found on the comet as a “frozen primordial soup”, but concedes some colleagues might not agree. “Potentially, that is what we are talking about, but I’ll get pilloried for saying so,” he added. “If you were to put these materials on the surface… Continue reading Of Comets and Cosmological Presumption

Thoughts on the Capabilities and Limitations of 3D Brain Imaging Technology and NeuroScience in General, in Terms of Understanding the MInd

3D Brain Imaging Technology, Helen Thompson, The Guardian, July 30 2015 In reference to this type of technological uncovering of aspects of the neurological system and what it can achieve in terms of assisting in understanding mental phenomena such as mental illness (something specifically posited in the article as a potential for the technology), we… Continue reading Thoughts on the Capabilities and Limitations of 3D Brain Imaging Technology and NeuroScience in General, in Terms of Understanding the MInd

What Does Currency Represent?

We initially think of currency as representative, as a signifier to something. But when we try to think of this something, we can’t find anything, it appears to be a signifier to nothing, a representation of nothing. More precisely, it represents nothing actual. Currency attempt to represent potentia itself. If I have a hundred dollars,… Continue reading What Does Currency Represent?

Why ‘Computational Biology’ is a Scientific Blunder

If computational biology were to be a feasible approach to anything but the simplest of problems, a first step would involve determining what approaches are ontologically appropriate and internally consistent, i.e. commutative. The following is a brief list of approaches used in computational mathematics specifically. Iterative method Rate of convergence — the speed at which… Continue reading Why ‘Computational Biology’ is a Scientific Blunder

“Niche” Programming Languages

There are a number of very good “niche” programming languages available. But “niches” are not all alike. Scala has a “niche” in parallel software. It’s a good language and you can use it for other things, but it buys you the most in that area. Haskell has a “niche” in scientific programming. It’s also a… Continue reading “Niche” Programming Languages

Decapitalization of Industry and Desubstantialization of Currency

Somebody made a comment on a website the other day which, so far as it goes, is correct, but completely beside the point: “And what exactly would you like to point out? The two are one and the same, because a thriving, competitive marketplace always drives prices down. That’s, like, Capitalism 101, guys.” It is… Continue reading Decapitalization of Industry and Desubstantialization of Currency

Can We Recycle Paleontologists as Street Sweepers? Or Is That Beyond Them?

Actual quotes from a paleontologist, Steve Bruzatte, made THIS YEAR: “In general it is very bird-like, but it’s big, and has these very short arms with full-blown wings.” ““When you see a dinosaur like this that’s pretty big, and has these short arms and bird-like wings, it begs that question: what are wings really for?… Continue reading Can We Recycle Paleontologists as Street Sweepers? Or Is That Beyond Them?