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Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 13:06:31 -0000
Subject: [Crossover2012] The effects of "the Planets"


For about a week 25 July 2010 before the near-side Solar hemisphere erupted on 1 Aug 2010 [see below] there was a rare `clumping' of _all_ the planets on this side of the Sun. (Orrery pic at right).

Such alignments really do affect the Sun, 26 August 1859 as we could see from the Solar "super-storm of 2 Sep 1859 [NASA Ref.] - juat a week after a (equally) rare alignment of Earth - Mercury - Sun - Venus - Mars - Saturn  (all in a line - see Orrery pic at right)

cheers
Ray


science-at-nasa/2010/13dec_globaleruption/
Global Eruption Rocks the Sun
Dec. 13, 2010:

On August 1, 2010, an entire hemisphere of the sun erupted.  Filaments of magnetism snapped and exploded, shock waves raced across the stellar surface, billion-ton clouds of hot gas billowed into space. Astronomers knew they had witnessed something big.

It was so big, it may have shattered old ideas about solar activity. "The August 1st event really opened our eyes," says Karel Schrijver of Lockheed Martin's Solar and Astrophysics Lab in Palo Alto, CA.  "We see that solar storms can be global events, playing out on scales we scarcely imagined before."
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Date: Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2010 15:47:08 -0000
Subject: Unease about `science' claims + hype


This has been niggling me a bit - a recent example of `science' grabbing at `sexy' headlines (for funding purposes?)

[BTW - imho that `sexy' word, along with `scary' also applies to misleading and downright lying claims about (non-existent) `black holes', the LHC etc.]

QUOTE "Neanderthals Were More Promiscuous Than Modern Humans, Fossil Finger Bones Suggest"
ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2010) - Scientists, ... used finger ratios from fossilised skeletal remains of early apes and extinct hominins, as indicators of the levels of exposure species had to prenatal androgens - a group of hormones that is important in the development of masculine characteristics such as aggression and promiscuity." END-QUOTE

Of course the MSM went even further than that misleading `science' headline, as you can imagine.

What's the reality?  First let's look at the _known_ modern correlations with finger-length ratios and associated testosterones.  The `scientists' only know about a correlation with promiscuity in males from western urban populations - groups which have lost most traditional values and social diciplines and also face little in the way of physical hardship or daily danger.

That's important, because elsewhere on Earth there are groups with strong social discipline - whether by cultural inheritance or by religion - which controls behaviour.
Also groups - maybe overlapping - with hazardous / arduous conditions and daily exposure to physical stresses and dangers which taken together `absorb' any extra testosterone;  indeed those conditions will demand fairly high levels in hunting, exploring, or fighting males (+ females?).

[Some personal experience tells me that such folk are usually fiercely monogamous, tending to have high ideals of personal honour, linked with bravery and integrity. *   NB. integrity is prized, since their communities would be endangered by lying, greedy or vicious actions.  So an island folk today have a phrase conferring high praise for a male - "he's a fine modest man".]

So we can see there's probably NO correlation between testosterones and promiscuity, even in modern humans - except for those somewhat (socially) degenerate western urban groups.
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And the scientists' claims get even more misleading / unfounded when considering the conditions experienced by early hominins - extremely arduous / hazardous and needing high levels of stamina and competitiveness just to survive.

It is likeliest that those finger-length ratios and their (possibly) associated testosterones merely indicated the physical stresses and trials affecting those populations.
[check "Humans have white blood cell counts similar to those in primarily monogamous species"]

And of course the further back you go, the more the males and females were regulated by `rut' and `estrus' - so that extremely far back a male could _only_ mate when the female was in estrus, and also within the seasonal (+ moon-regulated?) periods enabling both `rut' and `estrus'.
[ check "Anthropology `experts' claim variously that the human female has no estrus".  It's got evidence which is a `female secret' even today.]

A final conclusion is that the headline claim is almost certainly untrue now, and that it probably gets more and more untrue as we go back to periods of time that `scientists' claim to be describing.

I.e. `scientists' will have to learn to read between the lines a lot better to understand early (and modern) humans' social conditions;  just now they're making simplistic assumptions (based on too-small samples), that we can see are [probably] fatally flawed.

Ray D

* Ref. among the Vikings the punishment for `male' adultery was death [offending females were merely made `slaves' for a while].





Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2010 13:49:41 +0100 Subject: Politically-driven `pseudo-science' - was Faith and Foolishness

T. Peter Park wrote:
> And every two years we relearn the sad fact that U.S. adults
> are less willing to accept evolution and the big bang as
> factual than adults in other industrial countries.


Last night's read was Roger Penrose (New Mind or Road to Reality) examining `Entropy'.  By logically (and mathematically) testing all the usual assumptions (and pop-science) on the subject he came to slightly surprising (to most folk) conclusions:  that the posited "big bang" _and_ the doom-laden "big crunch" have big problems in view of the `2nd Law'.  Indeed, even on a cursory check a `big crunch' is impossible.  [It would demand a reversal of `entropy increase' - down to zero].

That got me thinking, this morning, about all three main pop-science assumptions - `Darwinian Evolution; the `Young Universe (BigBang); the `Doomed Universe (BigCrunch).  They now seem to be driven by politico-religious social-control needs rather than by real science.

An in-depth examination (in the `Altruist Survivor') already contradicts `Darwinian Evolution; (or rather its Spencerian interpretation of `Survival of the Fittest' (key misinterpretation of `fittest'), which is the usual politico-media line), but here's more -

"Techniques for measuring the amount of genetic variation in natural populations have been available only for the past fifteen years.  Their first and primary result came as a surprise to many geneticists: most populations maintain too much variation to support the usual claim that all genes are scrutinized by natural selection" - Stephen Jay Gould in `Chance Riches'

"[I]n brief, classical Darwinism is no longer considered valid by qualified biologists" - Norman Macbeth (p. 5 of `Darwin Retried' 1971)

"The Darwinian theory is wrong and the continued adherence to it is an impediment to discovering the correct evolutionary theory" - Fred Hoyle - `Mathematics of Evolution' 1987

and recently -
"Use of living-space, not competition, drives evolution" (paraphrased)
rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/6/4/544.abstract?sid=4520181e-8556-4a5a-993d-c0aa2f05a4ca
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And the `big bang'?
`The Top 30 Problems with the Big Bang'
www.spaceandmotion.com/cosmology/top-30-problems-big-bang-theory.htm
and
`Universe - Cosmology Quest' pt 1 & 2
video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1966820922322808100
video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2827896363014586265

gives more details

and more recent -
"Big Bang's Afterglow Fails Intergalactic 'Shadow' Test"
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/09/060905104549.htm
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And the `big crunch'?
i) gross violation of `2nd Law' (Entropy Law);
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_law_of_thermodynamics

ii) violation of Leibniz'`Principle of Sufficient Variety';
www.perceptions.couk.com/uef/leibniz.html#variety

and contradicted by NASA's own observations;
"The universe will continue to expand forever, Nasa scientists concluded".
By Andrew Hough Published: 11:45PM BST 19 Aug 2010
www.telegraph.co.uk/~/universe-will-expand-forever-new-Nasa-study.html
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But the MSM (inc BBC) still float pop-sci pieces and articles repeating all three disreputable assumptions as if the `science' supported them.

There is only one likely reason for such`unreasonable' behavior.

Ray





Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2010 07:03:55 +0100
Subject: Crappy media - "Our Sun's regular mood swings


Ha! Both these BBC science pages (below) get just about everything wrong. Far from `rotation + convection' being _the_ cause, even NASA is now admitting that the solar cycle is linked to planetary alignments, in complex cycles, some very long indeed - see checkalign.html#timeline

And anyone can check, like I did, what was the probable cause of the greatest `solar storm' on 2 September 1859 - i.e this multiple alignment about a week earlier - checkalign.html#storm

cheers - Ray


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3220559.stm
Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 October, 2003, 14:27 GMT

"We now know that the solar cycle is caused by the interplay of rotation and convection.
...
But large flares and the concomitant geomagnetic activity do not always follow the 11-year cycle of activity.
...
According to the latest estimates of that uncertain science - predicting future solar activity - the next solar minimum should be in 2006 rising to a maximum in 2010.

As for the flares, they could happen anytime."
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-10967292
13 August 2010 Last updated at 18:17
Sun's 'quiet period' explained
By Howard Falcon-Lang, Science reporter
...
"The new research suggests that the longer-than-expected period of weak activity may have been linked to changes in the way a hot soup of charged particles called plasma circulated in the Sun.

The most recent so-called "solar minimum" occurred in December 2008."
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Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2010 15:55:15 +0100

Subject: No `Higgs Boson' Yet? - " scientists plan new atom collider"

Sounds like they've failed (without admitting it) - Ray
[here's a dissenting view of `particle physics']


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/cern-scientists-plan-new-atom-collider-2035679.html
Cern scientists plan new atom collider

Scientists behind the European atom smasher aimed at uncovering the secrets of the universe want to build an even bigger machine with partners and funds from around the world.

Scientists from CERN - the European Organisation for Nuclear Research - a particle physics laboratory outside Geneva, Switzerland, will spell out their ambitions at a conference in Paris today.

They are reaching out to China, India and Russia to help fund the next 8.5 billion step of the project, according to Guy Wormser, a leading particle physicist and one of the conference organisers.

Instead of whirling atoms in giant rings, as CERN's Large Hadron Collider and the smaller Tevatron at Fermilab, near Chicago, do, scientists want a new-generation machine that will shoot them straight.

The new machine would be a successor to the 7 billion LHC, which was launched with great fanfare in September 2008, but days later was sidetracked by overheating that set off a chain of problems.

CERN had to undertake a 26 million programme of repairs and improvements before restarting the machine last November. Since then the collider has reported a series of successes.

In March it saw the first collisions of two proton beams.

Plans for the next step, a 31-mile tunnel called the International Linear Collider, have long been under discussion and scientists now need to find funding, Mr Wormser said. They hope the machine could be turned on in 2020 or 2025.

With the LHC "we made a machine which allowed us to make a big leap in understanding, a sort of enlightener, and now we study and detail things and that's the linear collider", he said. "It's the future of our discipline."

Instead of crashing protons together, the new international collider will accelerate electrons and positrons, their antimatter equivalent, he said.

Depending on who wants to host it - and how much they are willing to pay - the ILC could potentially be built anywhere in the world.

The experiments of both machines are more about shaping our understanding of how the universe was created than immediate improvements to technology in our daily lives.

Scientists are attempting to simulate the moments after the Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago, which they believe was the creation of the universe.

In March, the LHC produced a tiny bang, the most potent force on the tiny atomic level that humans have ever created.

Two beams of protons were sent hurtling in opposite directions toward each other in a 17-mile tunnel below the Swiss-French border - the coldest place in the universe at slightly above absolute zero.

CERN used powerful superconducting magnets to force the two beams to cross; two of the protons collided, producing seven trillion electron volts.

The latest results of those experiments will be presented at the International Conference on High Energy Physics, which is bringing 1,000 physicists to Paris this week.

Today Mr Wormser and other leading scientists would speak about their search for the Higgs boson, a hypothetical particle - often called the God particle - that scientists think gives mass to other particles and thus to other objects and creatures in the universe.

The colliders also may help scientists see dark matter, the strange stuff that makes up more of the universe than normal matter but has not been seen on Earth.




Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 23:28:07 +0100

Subject: Getting closer - "no big bang, no beginning, and no end"

http://www.physorg.com/news199591806.html
Model describes universe with no big bang, no beginning, and no end
July 29, 2010 by Lisa Zyga

(PhysOrg.com) -- By suggesting that mass, time, and length can be converted into one another as the universe evolves, Wun-Yi Shu has proposed a new class of cosmological models that may fit observations of the universe better than the current big bang model. What this means specifically is that the new models might explain the increasing acceleration of the universe without relying on a cosmological constant such as dark energy, as well as solve or eliminate other cosmological dilemmas such as the flatness problem and the horizon problem.

Shu, an associate professor at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, explains in a study posted at arXiv.org that the new models emerge from a new perspective of some of the most basic entities: time, space, mass, and length. In his proposal, time and space can be converted into one another, with a varying speed of light as the conversion factor. Mass and length are also interchangeable, with the conversion factor depending on both a varying gravitational "constant" and a varying speed of light (G/c2). Basically, as the universe expands, time is converted into space, and mass is converted into length. As the universe contracts, the opposite occurs.

"We view the speed of light as simply a conversion factor between time and space in spacetime," Shu writes. "It is simply one of the properties of the spacetime geometry. Since the universe is expanding, we speculate that the conversion factor somehow varies in accordance with the evolution of the universe, hence the speed of light varies with cosmic time."

As Shu writes in his paper, the newly proposed models have four distinguishing features:

. The speed of light and the gravitational "constant" are not constant, but vary with the evolution of the universe. . Time has no beginning and no end; i.e., there is neither a big bang nor a big crunch singularity. . The spatial section of the universe is a 3-sphere [a higher-dimensional analogue of a sphere], ruling out the possibility of a flat or hyperboloid geometry. . The universe experiences phases of both acceleration and deceleration.

He tested one of the models against current cosmological observations of Type Ia supernovae that have revealed that the universe appears to be expanding at an accelerating rate. He found that, because acceleration is an inherent part of his model, it fits the redshift data of the observed supernovae quite well. In contrast, the currently accepted big bang model does not fit the data, which has caused scientists to search for other explanations such as dark energy that theoretically makes up 75% of the mass-energy of the universe.

Shu's models may also account for other problems faced by the standard big bang model. For instance, the flatness problem arises in the big bang model from the observation that a seemingly flat universe such as ours requires finely tuned initial conditions. But because the universe is a 3-sphere in Shu's models, the flatness problem "disappears automatically." Similarly, the horizon problem occurs in standard cosmology because it should not be possible for distant places in the universe to share the same physical properties (as they do), since it should require communication faster than the speed of light due to their great distances. However, Shu's models solve this problem due to their lack of big bang origin and intrinsic acceleration.

"Essentially, this work is a novel theory about how the magnitudes of the three basic physical dimensions, mass, time, and length, are converted into each other, or equivalently, a novel theory about how the geometry of spacetime and the distribution of mass-energy interact," Shu writes. "The theory resolves problems in cosmology, such as those of the big bang, dark energy, and flatness, in one fell stroke."

More information: Wun-Yi Shu. "Cosmological Models with No Big Bang." arXiv:1007.1750v1
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Ray
[here's some readers' realism about the `standard model'; and here's Leibniz' take]





Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 22:01:16 +0100
Subject: George on the upcoming Total Eclipse


George at http://urbansurvival.com/week.htm writes:

"Speaking of Wars
Might want to mention that next weekend's "Total Eclipse Sunday July 11 will fall on Easter Island" and we've heard rumors about the net that former president Clinton and many others among the PTB's will be on cruise ships in that general area."
beforeitsnews.com/news/94/025/Total_Eclipse_Sunday_July_11_Will_Fall_on_Easter_Island.html

As eclipses bring higher likelihood of quakes, they might (or might not) be safer there. Ha!

Seriously though, the more central or "total" the eclipse, the more likely are seismic triggers - and, as the "force" involved is not gravitational but primary, this upcoming eclipse would seem to be set to create some triggers / instability _on land_ in the northern hemisphere (opposite the eclipse track) - so that could be from Iceland to Mid-East to Eur-Asia, Russia, Mongolia, China  (haven't bothered to chart it).

Although the `Ring of Fire' and the already unstable joints between southern Pacific and South America (Andes) plates should certainly get a direct jolt.
Ray

PS - in the past, and on average, Full Moon effects seem to be faster (within 24 hrs or at times even some hours in advance), while New Moon ones (like this eclipse) seem to drag on a bit.

PS2 - note in your diary for the next "big line-up"  (spans Oct 23 - 27) when Sun, Venus, Earth and Full Moon align.  Again, we can expect maybe smaller jolts earlier and later than the actual "big" line-up, as the Moon aligns with approaching / departing Venus (roughly around the "quarters" of the Moon.)





Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2010 13:31:47 -0600 From: NKS Summer School Subject: NKS Summer School 2010 at the University of Vermont June 21-July 9

The eighth annual NKS Summer School begins in just a few months, and we'd like to invite you to apply. The three-week, tuition-free program--June 21 through July 9 at the University of Vermont--is a unique opportunity to get involved with original research at the frontiers of science.
www.wolframscience.com/summerschool

We are looking for highly motivated individuals who want to advance their careers in an NKS direction. Our participants come from many diverse backgrounds, but share a common passion to discover and explore cutting-edge ideas. Over the past four years, they have included graduate students, undergraduates, professors, industry professionals, artists, and even a few exceptional high-school students.

If accepted to the Summer School, you will work directly with others in the NKS community--including Stephen Wolfram and a staff of instructors who have made significant contributions to NKS--on your own original project that could develop into published papers or the foundations for your thesis. You may also be eligible for college course credit through the University of Vermont.

Take a look at the lecture notes from previous years to get a sense of what topics will be covered:
www.wolframscience.com/summerschool/materials

If you're serious about getting involved with similarly innovative ideas at the core of NKS, you should consider applying as soon as possible. Time is running out. Acceptance notices will begin going out during the next few weeks.

Apply online at:
www.wolframscience.com/summerschool/application.cgi

Sincerely,

Todd Rowland, PhD
NKS Summer School Academic Director

Catherine Boucher, PhD
NKS Summer School Program Director




Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 14:23:18 -0600

The eighth annual NKS Summer School begins in just a few months, and we'd like to invite you to apply.  The three-week, tuition-free program - June 21 through July 9 at the University of Vermont - is a unique opportunity to get involved with original research at the frontiers of science.
http://url.wolfram.com/8oqxwjq/

We are looking for highly motivated individuals who want to advance their careers in an NKS direction.  Our participants come from many diverse backgrounds, but share a common passion to discover and explore cutting-edge ideas.  Over the past four years, they have included graduate students, undergraduates, professors, industry professionals, artists, and even a few exceptional high-school students.

If accepted to the Summer School, you will work directly with others in the NKS community - including Stephen Wolfram and a staff of instructors who have made significant contributions to NKS - on your own original project that could develop into published papers or the foundations for your thesis.  You may also be eligible for college course credit through the University of Vermont.

Take a look at the lecture notes from previous years to get a sense of what topics will be covered:
http://url.wolfram.com/9di95qo/

If you're serious about getting involved with similarly innovative ideas at the core of NKS, you should consider applying as soon as possible.

Apply online at:
http://url.wolfram.com/8C7YpBG/

Sincerely,

Todd Rowland, PhD
NKS Summer School Academic Director

Catherine Boucher, PhD
NKS Summer School Program Director




Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 00:36:25 +0100

Ray,

Perhaps you would like to consider looking at The Theory of Field Interaction, which is available for download at the following web site:
tbbon.net

I think you or your readers might find some very intriguing and thought-stimulating ideas and concepts that address many of the concerns and questions that have been mentioned on your blog.

Best regards,
T. B. Bon
http://www.tbbon.net/




Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2009 07:19:35 +0100

Gravity is caused by attraction and repulsion via inequivalent and equivalent levels of emission within converging emission fields, where the attraction by way of absorption exceeds the repulsion derived from equivalent levels of emission.  As a mathematical generalization and representation, gravity can be said to be proportional to the absorption capacity of an object divided by the square of the distance from the object, plus time.

The Earth is attracted to the Sun through the absorption of part of the emission of the Sun, and this entails the Earth increasing in matter over time.  This increase in matter results in an increase in the emission of the Earth, which in turn results in an increase in the gravity of the Earth. The gravity of the Earth must increase over time.

See the essay Pursuing a Materialist Perspective of the Universe, and Discovering the Cause of Gravity, located at
http://members.westnet.com.au/paradigm/physics.pdf

Yours,
Stephen Mooney




Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 18:40:54 -0500 From: Stephen Wolfram Subject: 7 years of NKS--and its first killer app

Subject: 7 years of NKS--and its first killer app
"tomorrow (May 15) is the day we begin to make Wolfram|Alpha live - the first killer app of NKS"

http://www.wolframscience.com/summerschool
http://www.wolframalpha.com
http://blog.wolframalpha.com
http://www.wolframtones.com

May 14, 2009 marks the 7th anniversary of the publication of A New Kind of Science, and it has been my tradition on these anniversaries to send a short report on the progress of NKS.

It has been fascinating over the past few years to watch the progressive absorption of NKS methods and the NKS paradigm into countless different fields.  Sometimes there's visible mention of NKS, though often there is not.

There has been an inexorable growth in the use of the types of models pioneered in NKS.  There has been steadily increasing use of the kinds of computational experiments and investigations introduced in NKS.  And the NKS way of thinking about computation and in terms of computation has become steadily more widespread.

Many of the specific investigations made in the NKS book have now been extended and enhanced.  And even the results on fundamental physics in the NKS book are now coming closer to the mainstream.

The trickle of academic work aimed directly at pure NKS - the basic investigation of simple programs and the computational universe - has turned into a stream, though tremendous opportunity for growth remains.

And I continue to find it remarkable how many thought leaders that I run across in incredibly diverse areas turn out to have read the NKS book, often in great detail.

In June we'll be holding our 7th NKS Summer School (this year in Italy - the first time outside the United States).  Every year we receive a progressively larger number of highly qualified applications, and this year will be our largest Summer School to date.
http://www.wolframscience.com/summerschool

But for me the biggest thing that's happened this year is the emergence of Wolfram|Alpha.
http://www.wolframalpha.com

When I was writing the NKS book I kept on wondering what the first "killer app" (to use a phrase from the software industry) for NKS would be.

I tried to think back what one would have imagined in 1936, when the idea of universal computing was introduced.  Could one have predicted what the first killer apps for computers would be?

As it was, first there were databases - which drove the mainframe computer industry, and later there were word processors - which drove the personal computer industry.

Despite their tremendous practical importance, databases and word processors are really quite prosaic applications of an idea as powerful as universal computation.

And both of these applications could probably have been done even without the full concept of universal computation.

But the point is that the paradigm of universal computation was crucial in even imagining that either of these applications would make sense.

And so it is now with NKS and Wolfram|Alpha.

Wolfram|Alpha is, I believe, going to be the first killer app of NKS.

And remarkable though Wolfram|Alpha is, it is at some level still prosaic relative to the full power of the ideas in NKS.

Yet without the NKS paradigm, I cannot imagine I would ever have thought that Wolfram|Alpha could make sense.

There is an immensely complex web of systematizable knowledge out there in the world.  And before NKS, I would have assumed that to handle something of this complexity would have required building a system that is somehow correspondingly complex - and in practice completely out of reach.

But from NKS we have learned that even highly complex things can have their origins in simple rules and simple programs.

And this is what inspired me to believe that building Wolfram|Alpha might be possible.

As a practical matter, many algorithms in Wolfram|Alpha were found by NKS methods - by searching the computational universe for programs that achieve particular purposes.

And there is a curious sense in which the discoveries of NKS about computational irreducibility are what make Wolfram|Alpha possible.

For one of the crucial features of Wolfram|Alpha is its ability to take free-form linguistic input, and to map it onto its precise symbolic representations of computations.

Yet if these computations could be of any form whatsoever, it would be very difficult to recognize the linguistic inputs that represent them.

But from NKS we know that computations fall into two classes: computationally reducible and computationally irreducible.

NKS shows that in the abstract space of all possible computations the computationally irreducible are much the most common.

But here is the crucial point: because those computations are not part of what we have historically studied or discussed, no systematic tradition of human language exists to describe them.

So when we use natural human language as input to Wolfram|Alpha, we are inevitably going to be describing that thin set of computations that have long linguistic traditions, and are computationally reducible.

Those computations cover the traditional sciences. But in a sense it is the very ubiquity of computational irreducibility that forces there to be only small islands of computational reducibility - which can readily be identified even from quite vague linguistic input.

If one looks at Wolfram|Alpha today, much of what it computes is firmly based on OKS (the "Old Kind of Science"), and in this sense Wolfram|Alpha can be viewed as a shining example of what can be achieved with pre-NKS mathematical science.

And curiously, after all these years, it is also perhaps the first clear consumerized example of universal computation at work.  For now, for the first time, anyone will be able to walk up to a computer and immediately see just how diverse a range of possible computations it can do.

So what about NKS? NKS is certainly crucial to the very conceptualization of Wolfram|Alpha.

And even today one can use Wolfram|Alpha to do a little NKS: one can type in "rule 30", or ask about other NKS systems that can readily be specified in linguistic terms.

But in the future there is tremendous opportunity to do more with NKS in Wolfram|Alpha.

Today, Wolfram|Alpha uses existing models from science and other areas, then does computations based on these models.

But what if it could find new models?  What if it could invent on the fly? Do science on the fly?

That is precisely what NKS suggests should be possible. Exploring the computational universe on request, and finding things out there that are useful for some particular specified purpose.

We started a small experiment a few years ago with WolframTones (http://www.wolframtones.com) where we use NKS to invent new musical tunes. But there is vastly more that can be done - directing with ordinary language, but discovering automatically with NKS.

Whether today's computers are fast enough to do this well I do not know.  But perhaps by next year, Wolfram|Alpha will not only be a killer app made possible by NKS - it will also provide an outlet for the full richness of the computational universe that has been revealed to us by NKS.

But for now: tomorrow (May 15) is the day we begin to make Wolfram|Alpha live - the first killer app of NKS.

See the Wolfram|Alpha Blog to follow the launch:
http://blog.wolframalpha.com

Stephen Wolfram




Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 12:51:57 -0600

Subject: 2nd announcement: NKS Summer School 2009, CNR-Istituto ISTI, Pisa, Italy

We are still accepting applications for the seventh annual NKS Summer School.  The three-week, tuition-free program - June 22 through July 10 at CNR-Istituto ISTI in Pisa, Italy - is a unique opportunity to get involved with original research at the frontiers of science.
http://www.wolframscience.com/summerschool

We are looking for highly motivated individuals who want to advance their careers in an NKS direction.  Our participants come from many diverse backgrounds, but share a common passion to discover and explore cutting-edge ideas.  In past years, they have included graduate students, undergraduates, professors, industry professionals, artists, and even a few exceptional high school students.

If accepted to the Summer School, you will work directly with others in the NKS community - including Stephen Wolfram and a staff of instructors who have made significant contributions to NKS - on your own original project that could develop into published papers or the foundations for your thesis.

Take a look at the lecture notes from previous years to get a sense of what topics will be covered:
www.wolframscience.com/summerschool/materials

If you're serious about getting involved with similarly innovative ideas at the core of NKS, you should consider applying as soon as possible.  Time is running out; acceptance notices will begin going out during the next few weeks.

Apply online at:
www.wolframscience.com/summerschool/application.cgi

Sincerely,

Todd Rowland, PhD
NKS Summer School Academic Director

Catherine Boucher, PhD
NKS Summer School Program Director




Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2008 11:04:48 +0100

Sunspots vs earthquakes and volcanoes on cs.astronomy.com/asycs/forums/t/35027.aspx

The Earth's iron core (source of the Earth's magnetic field, i.e. the Earth's dynamo) does not rotate around the same axes as the Earth itself, hence dislocation of magnetic poles.

Jupiter-Saturn gravitational forces pull the Sun around its barycentre.  The same forces will pull the Earth's mass centre away from its orbital trajectory, the eccentricity of the Earth's iron core to the rest of its bodily mass causing drift of its magnetic poles.

It follows that a certain major planets configuration will cause disturbances within the Earth's interior which may initiate major earthquakes (already linked to times of sunspot minima) and volcanic eruptions.  It is important to state:  the sunspot periods are affected by a configuration of major planet's magnetospheres, which follow similar but not exactly same timing as their astronomical configuration.  Therefore, earthquakes and volcanoes appear to be linked to sunspot periods because they are initiated by the same cause.

regards
Simon Radun

Hello Simon
Quite agree with the thrust of that - and examples of that linkage can be seen here.
best regards - RD





Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2008 05:37:14 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Ray,

I think the additional quandry that many are hoping to resolve at the same time as gravity (including myself) is how to reconcile the effects of electricity, magnetism, and heat in relation to gravity or UEF (or to Superlight as Milewski calls it).

I'm not sure how much time you have spent working on this, but this is still an open question - how do these other three effects of electricity, magnetism, and heat fit to the UEF model and to each other.  These answers are still needed to fill out the conceptual framework.

Any immediate thoughts?

Thanks and Best Regards,
Paul

Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2008 10:01:14 +0100

Hi Paul,
Right, I understand the problem, there's now a `start point' at ansci.html#radia but take it slow - the process _hurts_ the brain.

Then maybe try this approach - UEF is the prime force, and the only real one.  [That's why the `Superlight' concept' is too limited, it automatically leads Milewsky to a dead-end within the electro-magnetic domain.]

It might help to think of the so-called `forces' (except gravity), as secondary effects caused by UEF, and to think of gravity as a tertiary effect:  a `shadow' in one secondary effect - the strong & weak `forces', as outlined in "abolish" page - abolish.html

[BTW - that's why `gravity' is billions of times weaker than the other so-called `forces']

Nuclear and electro-magnetic phenomena exist [as secondary `effects'] within the medium (or `ether') of UEF - the `hows and whys' are at radiation.html

Best
Ray





Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 00:41:22 +0100

Hi Ray,

Great site and great thinking.

I have a few interesting links for you. The first couple of links have to do with the possibility of generating energy from gravity. This is generally a similar idea as that of generating energy with a permanent magnet. (See http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:Magnet_Motors)

The idea of generating energy from gravity is based upon the fact that a mass being rapidly accelerated by gravity generates more energy than the energy needed to move the same mass to a given height at a constant speed. The difference in the energy needed to slowly lift the mass and the energy developed in dropping the mass with constant acceleration can be considered the energy differential that can be extracted from gravity.

See the following two sites that seem to both employ this principle in different ways:
http://www.onegift4power.org
and
www.veljkomilkovic.com/OscilacijeEng.html

The next link that I think you will find interesting is the described correction of the current formula for kinetic energy - which appears to be wrong - it should simply be mv. See the following link and proof:
http://nov55.com/quic.html

Finally, you may already be aware of this, but I think you will find it interesting as well. It's about Russian experiments in antigravity and energy generation from a large spinning magnetic mass (similar to the work of John Searl):
changingpower.net/articles/former-iron-curtain-hid-revolutionary-research/

Hope you find these links thought provoking.

Best Regards,
Paul Galush
[address supplied]

Thanks a lot Paul - there's food for thought there.
Think I'll have to do some cogitating on the kinetics thing - like `gravity' and `momentum / inertia' it may be that there's one or more false assumptions hidden in the mainstream text-book approach.
Best





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