Hypatia Theon's Philosophical Investigations

Hypatia daughter of Theon was respected by the whole city of Alexandria for her wisdom in spiritual matters as well has her deep knowledge of mathematics and astronomy, having made contributions to the analysis of conic sections and construction of the astrolabe for measuring the position of stars and planets. Read more.

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After a few hundred years in soulful communion with her beloved "One," Hypatia Theon found herself drawn once again into human form, this time after becoming a seasoned RPG campaigner, which you can read about at [http://pearllong.blogspot.com ] Hypatia Theon investigated the applications of role play to therapy at MDJunction, as you can see at [http://www.mdjunction.com/diary/fun-games/pearl-hunts-a-cute-hunter-game-forum-post-of-player-longzhenzhus-character-pearl-dragon]. Now the time seems ripe for a new endeavor, the application of the skills she's learned to coordinating volunteer experts and problems in economic development to make our world a better place.

Your Brain is 60.00% Female, 40.00% Male
Your brain is a healthy mix of male and female You are both sensitive and savvy Rational and reasonable, you tend to keep level headed But you also tend to wear your heart on your sleeve
What Gender Is Your Brain?

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

A message for Carri

Dear Carri

   Since the interface at IZEA (Where I started the whole Shaggy-dog post due to frustration with the dragged out posting process that kept making me do one thing after another  then another and yet another and so on before finally letting me post.) is so poor for users (Convenient as it may be for a company that seemingly wants to totally dominate, rather than genuinely communicate.) I'll post my half of our dialog here on a blog that I control, and where you or anyone else is free to comment (except not anonymously, which I consider the way of all cowards and don't permit.) Here's what the IZEA DOG ate. (If I sound a bit peeved, then I've succeeded in ironic understatement because the truth is that I'm totally outraged.)

   From the video you can see what our family business is 12 hours or more a day five days a week. The photo shows me performing a wedding, which I often do several times on weekends as Rev. Wilkinson, ULC. I doubt IZEA is relevant to these jobs or the time I spend swimming for exercise, so let's consider the things I do on the internet in my precious free time. (I hope you're beginning to grasp my inclination to kill as many birds as I can with each stone, and why I don't repeat mistakes that cost me time, e.g., your posting process?)

   I'm an editor of Wikipedia. Just recently I rewrote and updated the links for Nanette Workman's page, then sent her a request, to which she agreed, to upload some photographs to Wikipedia commons, so soon we may be able to illustrate her page with the proverbial thousands of words worth of pictures. A real boon if you're a Nanette Workman fan, like yours truly. (I have virtually every song she's ever sung, but that's beside the point for IZEA, isn't it?) Can you help out here? Probably, not. Can I do anything for you? Maybe write a page about your company? Because the only thing close to it in our encyclopedia now is the well know furniture company, but you don't seem to be them, I guess. Well, Wikipedia has a policy that a company has to be of a certain stature with a signifacant public record of accomplishments in its field, so, uh.... (You have yet to answer question one about whatever the heck IZEA is good for, Carri.)

   About posting to Twitter, I believe I explained before, Carri, that I use GetGlue, which you seem oblivious to, so I'll explain further. When I write reviews of movies, books, songs, restaurants, topics of interest, and so on, that my family, friends, their friends, casual acquaintances, and anyone at all in the whole wide world who's interested might like to see, GetGlue posts them to both Facebook and Twitter, not to mention GetGlue itself, where I also have myriad friends and many followers including the CEO of GetGlue, Alex Iskold, with whom I've had numerous conversations through GetGlue's interface, which compares to IZEA's like Boeing's assembly line for jet airplanes does to the Wright brother's bicycle shop.

   If you'll take a look at my GetGlue profile, you'll see some other incentives that cost no money but make users feel good, a very important point in team morale, wouldn't you say, Carri?

  The key point for me is becoming a Guru of gurus (Teacher of teachers) as well as the guru of topics or works of particular interest to myself. You might notice that I'm guru of over a dozen. Take a look at the range. For instance, I became guru of Godel's Incompleteness Theorems, by discussing mathematics and logic. I became guru of Bahagavad Gita by discussing philosophy and religion. I became guru of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by talking about the book, the guru of student teaching by encouraging teachers, and I even became guru of Squirms, Screams and Squirts by writing erotic poetry.

   You can also see from the Recent Activity on  my profile, by clicking Network Theory, that I send you the following message: "@izealove For Carri [ http://getsatisfaction.com/people/carri_104871] Check Shaggy Dog ... & Let's Network! Got to GO! :D" (Only I misspelled "Network" with two "w"s and no "t" showing what a rush I was in to get all this information to you, Carri; but, not to flog a dead horse, the dog ate it!)

   Well, that's enough for you to go on, I guess. You should be able to answer my question now .... or maybe start thinking about making a career change from IZEA to GetGlue?

 Looking forward to hearing from you soon by comment here, there, or, who knows, maybe even by good old-fashioned email, but it's great not to have to worry about my precious messages being mangled by your poorly designed IZEA forum ever again. Dennis (Hypatia Theon) Wilkinson

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Philosophical Flirting with "The Latest Dark Cabal"

Thanks for the link on your blog to Richard Bowes's story, "There's a Hole in the City," and it's nice to better understand Rick's thinking by his comment:

What I needed was time and context. In the direct aftermath when I found myself the only person out walking on a dark city block or when any sudden sound made everyone look toward Ground Zero, I felt I was in a ghost story. That stuck with me and served as the metaphor that made it possible for me to tell the story you read.
there, too. I do appreciate the appeal of a ghost metaphor as a vehicle for communicating those painful echos of "reality" in semi-fictionalized form. Myself, I've resorted to many such subterfuges from life as a dirty joke to my current role playing "real" life is pursuit of "the truth," but for today your blog together with Rick's ghost story have given rise to my latest philosophical question to the blog sphere, "Why is it so hard to 'tell it like it is'"?

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Live or Die? You decide the cat's fate!

Does Stuff Exist, Or Not?

Schrodinger Said:

"One can even set up quite ridiculous cases. A cat is penned up in a steel chamber, along with the following diabolical device (which must be secured against direct interference by the cat): in a Geiger counter there is a tiny bit of radioactive substance, so small that perhaps in the course of one hour one of the atoms decays, but also, with equal probability, perhaps none; if it happens, the counter tube discharges and through a relay releases a hammer which shatters a small flask of hydrocyanic acid.

If one has left this entire system to itself for an hour, one would say that the cat still lives if meanwhile no atom has decayed. The first atomic decay would have poisoned it. The Psi function for the entire system would express this by having in it the living and the dead cat (pardon the expression) mixed or smeared out in equal parts."

It is typical of these cases that an indeterminacy originally restricted to the atomic domain becomes transformed into macroscopic indeterminacy, which can then be resolved by direct observation. That prevents us from so naively accepting as valid a ``blurred model'' for representing reality. In itself it would not embody anything unclear or contradictory. There is a difference between a shaky or out-of-focus photograph and a snapshot of clouds and fog banks."

What Does All This Mean?

the cat in the bag

For the sake of adding a little interest to this old saw of a scenario, the cat in mention has been placed inside an old bowling ball bag of mine. (Science is not always a literal art.) I have a Geiger counter here, but in lieu of an actual radioactive substance I was forced to use some very old Kraft macaroni and cheese. (It was that or my Timex Indiglo.)

Now, according to Schrodinger's theory as I understand it (and that's saying very little), the above cat's state is as of this very moment exactly alive and dead (though technically, 100% dead and 100% alive at the same time -- hence the paradox) ...until someone opens this here bag, that is.

Let The Cat Out Of The Bag

The "rather silly" part of "A Rather Silly Experiment In Quantum Physics"? You're soaking in it. Now here's the "interactive" bit. By pressing the button you "simulate" all that probability half life decay-jibberish by enacting a simple script. This will accordingly choose LIFE or DEATH for our wee quantum furball.

Go ahead -- hit the button below to discover the potential fate of Schrodinger's kitty...

Please, no wagering. Don't expect too much, kids...this is science, it sure as hell ain't "Whack-A-Mole".
it's a bowling ball. Quantum Links
  • Schrodinger's Cat by Cecil Adams. He of "The Straight Dope" explains it all for us -- and manages to make it rhyme, too.
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about lots of info on Albert Einstein. (Yeah, he's no Schrodinger, but it's all relative. Ugh...)

Errors in logic, flaws (or fleas?) in the cat theory, comments, regards to the cat? Email me.

Contrary to the ideas discussed above, the cat and I will indeed exist (barring any unforseen circumstances such as e coli, spontaneous combustion, or large falling objects) until and after the fact of your anticipated response.Carpe diem nonetheless...

Note to PETA: This is only a theoretical experiment...
...and it's okay, anyhow, because I ate the cat when I was done.
Copyright 1999 phobe.com

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

A fundamental question...

Art Witherall attributes this question to Martin Heidegger
Martin Heidegger has called the fundamental question of metaphysics: "why is there something instead of nothing?".

I began considering John Wheeler's version, "How do we get 'it' from 'bit'?"
John Wheeler's questions: "The Question is what is The Question? Is it all a Magic Show? Is Reality an Illusion? What is the framework of The Machine? Darwin’s Puzzle: Natural Selection? Where does Space-Time come from? Is there any answer except that it comes from consciousness? What is Out There? T’is Ourselves? Or, is IT all just a Magic Show?"

Is there an altertative in THE PHILOSOPHY OF XAVIER ZUBIRI?
As Zuribi puts it (in Sobre la esencia translation by Robert Caponigri) "The theory of "sentient intelligence" must be distinguished from the "epistemological question" or the theory of knowledge. The theory of intelligence is logically antecedent to the epistemological question and every epistemological theory eventually reveals that it presupposes a theory of the intelligence in its account of what and how man can know."

Monday, June 27, 2005

Women Philosophers Wanted. Apply Here.

Historical Women of Philosophy: 600 BC - 17th Century AD
<- The Three Graces by Edward Burne-Jones
One wonders at the connection... (How can this not be exploitative?)

Women Philosophers <-Hypatia Leads List.

Feminism & Philosophy
How Feminism Is Re-writing the Philosophical Canon
Encyclopedic Historical Account

A few links to wax philosophical over.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Another Good Question!

Sandra LaFave on:

Thinking Critically About the "Subjective"/"Objective" Distinction

Do you agree with Sandra's conclusion that, "some people’ s moral claims are objectively more worthy of belief than others — because they are more reasonable"?

Are you satisified with your answer to this question?

Is the unexamined axiom not worth holding?