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 Gilt by Association: A new concept for a Search engine16 comments
category picture20 Jun 2010 @ 12:46

Our civilization is based on the Aristotelian concept form associated with Logic and Syllogism. As pointed out in previous articles this is not the only possible or historically validated form. Indigenous societies seem to have used another system based on images and the Laws of Association ( rather than the Laws of Logic). This system was characterised also by connections with so-called occult sciences and magic. It should be possible to harness this knowledge ( and clearly the human mind does work by Association and images) to create a search engine which searches by a method of association. We are not just talking about a thesaurus or lexical database but a system of inter-related ideas and images. There is much detail to be worked out, but the basic idea indicates a shift in the direction of our civilization's cogitative function which promises to go forward by recapitulating what was lost when we entered on our present over-rational and logical trajectory.  More >

 Proposal for a Model of a Metasite2 comments
category picture19 Jun 2010 @ 21:02

Re-inventing the wheel is a waste of time and resources and when millions of people are doing so it becomes a serious case of extravagance. Therefore I put forward this proposal for a model of what i term a metasite. This is not a new term but i'm using it in a specific sense which is new. You set up a site (in fact NCN already exists and could be the paradigm for this) and you link it to already existing other sites which are chosen for their excellence in certain areas. For example, for instant feeds and comment you would go to Twitter, for breaking news a site that excelled in that, for networking Facebook, for programming emulators you would go to appropriate ones, and there are dozens on the web. In this way somebody could pick 'n' mix a personalized array of features which included common features such as blogs and chat rooms and messaging and set up their own site which utilised the resources of lower level sites. Whether this is legal or not i do not know and it might be imaginally called a parasite (if you will excuse the expression). I think this is what is already gradually emerging in the form of shared and integrated sites and systems and databases. It would be like a client/server at a higher level of sharing resources. In this way innumerable made to measure sites could be constructed without vastly over-duplicating resources and services. what do you think?  More >

 Search engine development 15 comments
category picture18 Jun 2010 @ 03:27

Over the last few years I have had a number of ideas on how to improve existing search engines and develope new ones. I am looking for interested parties to co-operate on implementing these ideas, particularly people with qualifications in Search Engine Software Technology. If you would like to get involved please contact me on  More >

  Prospectus for new Programming Group1 comment
category picture18 Jun 2010 @ 02:36

I enjoy programming in Applesoft BASIC and 6502 machine code/ Assembler and to this end I employ suitable emulators/ simulators. It occurred to me that there might be other current or would-be programmers out there who might be interested in joining a group of like-minded people.We would set up an internal NCN group and provide links to all the relevant emulator/ simulators as well as providing assistance with know how and swapping notes and stories. Before setting up such a group I am testing the market to see if there is a demand for this group. Programming is fun and the results are worth the effort.  More >

 Stereotypes are circular and non-scientific31 comments
category picture17 Jun 2010 @ 06:07

Stereotypes lead to self-fulfilling prophecies and non-scientific thought  More >

 Pythagorean Hammers (Legend)1 comment
category picture16 Jun 2010 @ 20:37

Pythagorean hammers
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According to legend, Pythagoras discovered the foundations of music by listening to the sounds of four blacksmith's hammers, which produced consonance and dissonance when they were struck simultaneously. Specifically, he noticed that hammer A produced consonance with hammer B when they were struck together, and hammer C produced consonance with hammer A, but hammers B and C produced dissonance with each other. Hammer D produced such perfect consonance with hammer A that they seemed to be "singing" the same note.

Pythagoras rushed into the blacksmith to discover why, and he found that the explanation was in the weight ratios. The hammers weighed 12, 9, 8, and 6 pounds respectively. Hammers A and D were in a ratio of 2:1, which is the ratio of the octave. Hammers B and C weighed 9 and 8 pounds. Their ratios with hammer A were (12:9 = 4:3 = musical fourth) and (12:8 = 3:2 = musical fifth). The space between B and C is a ratio of 9:8, which is equal to the musical whole tone, or whole step interval.

Using these founding intervals, it's possible to construct the basic seven-tone diatonic scale used in modern music.

[edit] References
James, Jamie The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science, and the Natural Order of the Universe. New York, Grove Press, 1993
"Pythagorean hammers" Harvard Dictionary of Music. Second Edition, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press
[edit] See also
Diatonic scale
Interval (music)
Just intonation
Equal temperament
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 Number Theory Game12 comments
category picture14 Jun 2010 @ 06:17

Number Theory Game/ Chaos Theory Game/ trivial or Deep?  More >

 old pictures #22 comments
picture12 Jun 2010 @ 05:21
Memories are made of this  More >

 old pictures1 comment
picture12 Jun 2010 @ 05:08
Memories are made of this  More >

 Octave and Self-similarity3 comments
category picture10 Jun 2010 @ 20:16

Self-similarity produces another miracle  More >

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