Source and full size graphic: NewScientist.com
Source and full size graphic: NewScientist.com
2 Billion non-English speaking people are learning English as the language of international trade.
I have been reading the history of the H1N1 virus when it first plagued the world during WW1
It turns out that the H1N1 virus can mutate.
The H1N1 circulated around the globe not one but three times between 1915 and 1918.
The first time it was a mild virus that did little harm. It started in Kansas and was spread in Europe by American Soldiers and from there spread globally.
The second time the virus mutated. It caused a violent overreaction in healthy people’s immune system which would destroy their lungs. Death could happen in hours. Every pregnant woman who caught it died. Estimates of the global death toll was 100 million.
The third time the virus mutated it lessened in strength. However, it spread completely around the world again.
Doctors still know little about H1N1. Pandemic specialists don’t know how to contain it. Pharmaceutical companies need a year to adapt flu shots to a mutation.
This is why the World Health Organization and every Disease Center in the world is worried.
The Canary in the Coal Mine is Dead.
“He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.”
– Roe Fulkerson
“And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?”
I am a secular atheist, however I have read the Old and New Testaments completely.
1And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
2And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
8And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
10And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
11And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
12When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
13And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
14Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
15And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
16And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
17And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
18And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
19And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
20And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
21And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
22And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.
23And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.
24If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
25And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
26And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.
In 1924, the first editor of Kiwanis Magazine, Roe Fulkerson, published a column carrying the title “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”. Dated September 1924, the article speaks of Fulkerson’s inspiring encounter with “a spindly and physically weak lad” carrying a baby and “staggering towards a neighboring park”.
” ‘Pretty big load for such a small kid’ I said as I met him. ‘Why, mister,’ he smiled, ‘He ain’t heavy; he’s my brother.’ “
Rufus Wainwright – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother Lyrics
The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows when
But I’m strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.
So on we go
His welfare is of my concern
No burden is he to bear
We’ll get there
For I know
He would not encumber me
If I’m laden at all
I’m laden with sadness
That everyone’s heart
Isn’t filled with the gladness
Of love for one another.
It’s a long, long road
From which there is no return
While we’re on the way to there
Why not share
And the load
Doesn’t weigh me down at all
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.
He’s my brother
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.
I had a very good discussion with a friend on Facebook. He told me that the American objection to socialism and a social safety net was the term “Nanny State”. My response to him–and it came immediately–was, “The correct term is ‘My Brother’s Keeper State'”.
Suddenly, it became obvious to me that by refusing to adopt socialism as national policy USAmericans were as a country bearing “the mark of Cain” in the global community and among other first world nations.
Republicans hate maternalistic government. Democrats hate paternalistic government. It is time for fraternalistic government.
I urge all USAmericans to adopt socialist policies as their brother’s and sister’s keepers.
Adopt universal healthcare, universal education and universal employment insurance.
No American is too heavy for another American.
No one on Earth is too heavy for anyone else on Earth.
Since reading the work of Clare W. Graves of Spiral Dynamics fame, reflecting on the work of all the people mentioned in my Blogroll as well as my recent foray into Zen I attempted to review and revise my work on the assortment of frameworks I had come up with. As I was making revisions it dawned on me that nature had done all the work already.
“Outside this office, Business as Usual;
Inside this office, Thunder and Lightning.”
Colonel John Boyd
I decided to take another angle of attack. I realized I was dealing with entities, hierarchies, attributes and relationships and one thing Boyd overlooked, results, in two dimensions not one. You may remember this graphic:
I realized I would have to take the Boyd Pyramid a bit more seriously. And I have. I compared Boyd’s work to Einstein’s, saw the correlations and what I think is a flaw.
“The only real valuable thing is intuition.”
The first thing I want to address is a misconception regarding solids. It was one Plato made as well as R. Buckminster Fuller. There are not five stable solids. There are six.
The mistake Plato and R. Buckminster Fuller made was to demonstrate the stability of a triangle composed of three rods to their students while saying that the simplest solid in three dimensional space is the tetrahedron. He didn’t realize the triangle in his hand was the simplest solid. The triangle is a two sided three vertex solid that is the simplest enclosure of space. Our eyes use two of them to locate an object and calculate distance.
Considering the above solid and the Platonic Solids we have six three dimensional closed network structures as illustrated below:
Take note of the stability of each of the solids. What this means is that the triangulated solids are able to support themselves structurally, while the non-triangulated solids collapse.
What I realized regarding the work of Einstein and other physicists is they did not regard the various phases of matter as important. However the states of matter are important. Each state from the triangle up to the icosahedron as illustrated above are higher states of order. Yet, each state of order is fundamental to the universe in which we live. And all are simply phases of what I call the “ZenEntity”.
I decided after looking at what I had found regarding the solids to reject contemporary empirical conventions and simply address one thing. We have six fundamental ordered states. After several billion years of evolution would not all organisms have what they require to function in response to all of the six states in their niche?
My next question was, “How do I represent the phenomena I had encountered as a network?”
In my profession there are data architects, database designers, data modelers, database administrators, data entrists, data analysts, database developers, database programmers database analysts, data warehouse architects, data warehouse analysts, data warehouse developers, Extract-Transform-Load architects, ETL analysts, ETL designers, ETL developers, ETL programmers, Business Intelligence architects, BI analysts, BI designers, BI developers and so on. However, I was never satisfied with any of these position titles. So, I coined one myself: data designer. I was of the opinion no matter how much data was out there, it was finite. Zero and Infinity were very useful, but they violated the laws of thermodynamics. I saw seven distinct phases of order in the universe and only saw transitions from one state to another. I could design according to those states.
This led me to explore how I could represent the six states. I studied and applied a variety of project lifecycles such as System Development Lifecycle, Extreme Programming and Rapid Application Development, joint application development. I had learned various enterprise frameworks such as Zachman and TOGAF, modeling techniques like UML, the various generations of programming languages, data structures, network topologies, organizational concepts, rule based systems, event based systems, data based systems, user centered design, goal directed design, location based services, pattern languages, service oriented architecture, hardware architectures and many more. I studied English, Greek, Latin, Anglo-Saxon, German and French to see how I could develop a consistent taxonomy as well.
Ultimately I concluded that a majority of the people out there working on these problems had abandoned the basics for pet concepts. They had no idea how many entities there were. They had no idea how those entities should be related. So I took it upon myself to identify all the relations that were applicable and came up with the following:
The associations are as follows:
As you can see, the network is asymmetrical and allows for Node, Lattice, Tabular, Lattice, Linear; Lattice arrangements. Note that since all of the entities are simply states of a single “ZenEntity” none of the states are independent from each other in the network.
Now, that we have established the solids and how they are interconnected we can look at what the actual phases of the ZenEntity are. Each of these phases are recognized in physics, however I have not come across any discussion of the possibility that they are together a set of fundamental phases.
Usually, we see Space, Time, Energy and Mass described in Einsteinian classical physics. We also have discussions of Ions, Gases, Liquids and Solids as states of matter. But we don’t see them together.
Next, we will see how these states are all very important to our sensory systems.
As well as the phases there is another way to look at the six solids. This is in the Latinate language of the six states. The states differ from the phases in that they deal with the essence or source of each of the states.
The essence of each of the states is as follows:
Now, I am going to introduce you to some friends of mine. I call them “Zen Sensors”
As you can see each ZenEntity State has a coresponding human sensory organ:
Next, we have for your viewing pleasure the standard interrogatives and how they correlate:
I found this interesting, because I spent a great deal of time resisting the order of these interrogatives. Finally, I just went along and found ultimately the order does make perfect sense. It is an acquired taste.
If you read enough Anglo-Saxon it makes sense.
Having considered the Entities, Associations, States and Sensory Organs, let us now look at how this relates to a hemisphere of the brain:
The above illustration shows the left hemisphere of the brain and the major regions. They are color coded to correspond to the fundamental states I have described. You can also see the corresponding sensory organ as well as the corresponding network structure in the region:
Everything is great so far, but there is the fact that there are two hemispheres to the brain and they interact through the Corpus Callosum which I claim is where the self resides. One of the interesting things about my study of Latin is that I discovered most questions actually required a two part answer. This answer would be composed of an Archetype and a Type. After reading Jill Bolte Taylor’s book, My Stroke of Insight and listening to her account of her perceptions while the left hemisphere of her brain was being shut down by an exploded blood vessel, it became apparent to me that the left hemisphere of the brain contained the Types the Latin language required and the right hemisphere of the brain contained the Archetypes. It was necessary to create a two axis model to accomodate a brain with two hemispheres:
Each of the light colored cells in this table represent a connection between one coordinate system association (row) and another coordinate system association (column). This accounts for the broad variety of properties we encounter making the states we experience.
There are actually not one or two, but four directions you can take on the above table. Top to Bottom is right hemisphere deduction. Bottom to Top is right hemisphere induction. Left to Right is left hemisphere deduction. Right to Left is left hemisphere induction.
This is a physiological model of human perception that I have arrived at. Our current definitions of dimensionality are incorrect. Each state has its own dimensionality, its own associations, its own sense organs, its own region of the brain and the brain two hemispheres connected by the corpus callosum. If the work of Dr. David Bryson on Physical, Decisional and Perceptual Learning is right, then deduction happens during waking and induction happens during sleeping.
This is not a complete model by any means as it does not deal with scale-free networks. Or does it?
But to this point, that is the Zen Universe.
Outliers is definitely Malcolm Gladwell’s finest book to date. And I am going to keep this review really simple, because the simplicity of Malcolm’s book has earned it. I read the book in one sitting and found myself welcoming the morining sun as I read the last sentences. I simply could not put the book down.
According to Malcolm, there are two things that make you gifted. First, why, how, when, who, where, what and how much you were born into and lived in, the gift of your environment. Second, how many hours you practiced, the gift of hard work. And the two were interdependent. There were no born prodigies or self-made successes in this world. There were instead many world-made, effort-made successes, and repeating world-made, effort-made success was not that difficult. The world could be tailored to gift most children by grouping them by narrower margins of maturity, going over the material slowly to develop comprehension and then practice, practice, practice at school and at home. And if the children need a summer break, a change is better than a rest. Give them two months of educational field trips or meaningful apprenticeships.
There is even a good argument that we should adopt the Cantonese verbal language for our number system. It would be the greatest leap forward since we adopted Arabic numerals.
I think Outliers is not only recognition that individuals are gifted by the world and practice, it is also a recognition that we are now in a world of competing agri-cultural philosophies. The West is accustomed to one planting, a unhurried summer, one harvest and a winter’s hibernation. The East is accustomed to two to three intense plantings, two to three intense cultivations, two to three intense harvests and an intense preparation over a dry season for the next first planting. Where the West may only have worked 1000 hours annually the East worked 3000 hours annually. The gap between Western and Eastern philosophies regarding work are just as profound.
Eastern agricultural philosophy makes the Western agricultural philosophy leisurely and statistics make the self-made man delusional.
The one thing left out is which offers the greater quantity and quality of life? How much time is spent in the play state as opposed to the work state? Which gifts us a better world?