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Burned all my notebooks
What good are notebooks
If they won't help me survive?
But a curiosity of my type remains after all the most agreeable of all vices --- sorry, I meant to say: the love of truth has its reward in heaven and even on earth. ---Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 45

They're, well, notebooks --- things I find amusing, outrageous, strange or otherwise noteworthy; notes towards works-in-glacial-progress; hemi-demi-semi-rants; things I want to learn more about; lists of references; quotations from the Talking Heads where appropriate. If you can help with any of these, I'd be grateful; if you can tell me of anything I can profitably prune, I'd be even more grateful.

There is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ), along with answers, and a colophon, which explains more than anyone would want to know about how these pages are put together. If your question isn't answered in either place, feel free to write, though, sadly, I can't promise a timely reply.

---Cosma

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Science Fiction (05 Apr 2014 22:46)
Fantasy (05 Apr 2014 22:43)
Graph Limits and Infinite Exchangeable Arrays (05 Apr 2014 22:40)
Analysis of Network Data (05 Apr 2014 22:38)
Embedding Networks in Hyperbolic Spaces (05 Apr 2014 22:14)
Network Comparison (05 Apr 2014 22:10)
Classical era, Mediterranean (02 Apr 2014 09:36)
Characterizing Mixtures of Processes by Summarizing Statistics (01 Apr 2014 10:45)
Graphical Models (01 Apr 2014 09:53)
Information Theory (31 Mar 2014 12:52)
Community Discovery Methods for Complex Networks (24 Mar 2014 15:55)
Recommended Fantasy Books (23 Mar 2014 17:25)
Early Modern Europe (15 Mar 2014 15:42)
Lucretius (15 Mar 2014 15:42)
Computation, Automata, Languages (15 Mar 2014 15:32)
Ergodic Theory (15 Mar 2014 15:31)
Evolutionary Economics (15 Mar 2014 13:13)
Hayek, F. A. von (15 Mar 2014 13:12)
Collective Cognition (15 Mar 2014 13:07)
Neural Nets, Connectionism, Perceptrons, etc. (15 Mar 2014 13:05)
Institutions and Organizations (15 Mar 2014 13:03)
Positivism (15 Mar 2014 13:02)
Economics (15 Mar 2014 12:57)
Nonequilibrium Statistcal Mechanics and Thermodynamics (15 Mar 2014 12:37)
Physics of Computation and Information (15 Mar 2014 12:30)
Physical Principles and Biology (15 Mar 2014 12:25)
Social Networks (14 Mar 2014 22:11)
Finance, Banking, "the Markets" (14 Mar 2014 22:11)
Frequentist Consistency of Bayesian Procedures (14 Mar 2014 21:11)
Pragmatism (11 Mar 2014 14:35)
Machine Learning, Statistical Inference and Induction (11 Mar 2014 14:23)
Neural Coding (11 Mar 2014 14:21)
Statistics (11 Mar 2014 14:19)
Methodology for the Social Sciences (11 Mar 2014 14:19)
Tsallis Statistics, Statistical Mechanics for Non-extensive Systems and Long-Range Interactions (11 Mar 2014 14:06)
Causal Inference (11 Mar 2014 14:03)
Time Series, or Statistics for Stochastic Processes and Dynamical Systems (11 Mar 2014 14:01)
Historical Materialism (04 Mar 2014 12:17)
Political Decision-Making, Social Choice, Public Policy (04 Mar 2014 12:17)
Learning Theory (Formal, Computational or Statistical) (04 Mar 2014 12:12)
Monte Carlo, and Other Kinds of Stochastic Simulation (04 Mar 2014 12:11)
Ensemble Methods in Machine Learning (04 Mar 2014 12:07)
Clustering (04 Mar 2014 12:05)
Manifold Learning (24 Feb 2014 09:48)
Information Geometry (24 Feb 2014 09:45)
Statistics on Manifolds (23 Feb 2014 11:44)
Literary Criticism and Theory of Criticism (15 Feb 2014 09:52)
Independence Tests, Conditional Independence Tests, Measures of Dependence and Conditional Dependence (14 Feb 2014 08:30)
Graphical Causal Models (07 Feb 2014 13:45)
Filtering, State Estimation, and Other Forms of Signal Processing (06 Feb 2014 15:57)
State-Space Reconstruction (06 Feb 2014 15:57)
Foundations and History of Statistical Mechanics (27 Jan 2014 20:31)
Complex Networks (21 Jan 2014 21:46)
Recommended Science Fiction (11 Jan 2014 07:45)
Concentration of Measure (10 Jan 2014 20:54)
Chinese History (08 Jan 2014 19:36)
America, United States of (08 Jan 2014 12:34)
Deviation Inequalities in Probability Theory (08 Jan 2014 11:24)
Data Mining (05 Jan 2014 15:39)
Psychotherapy (05 Jan 2014 12:44)
Mysteries (28 Dec 2013 16:25)
Recommended Mystery Novels (28 Dec 2013 16:25)
Programming (27 Dec 2013 20:59)
Two-Sample Tests (27 Dec 2013 12:08)
Density Estimation (27 Dec 2013 11:59)
Foreign Policy (American) (27 Dec 2013 10:08)
Classifiers and Clustering for Time Series (25 Dec 2013 19:34)
Statistical Learning Theory with Dependent Data (25 Dec 2013 19:28)
Partial Identification of Parametric Statistical Models (23 Dec 2013 12:59)
On the Asymptotics of an Infinite-Dimensional Stochastic Dynamical System (17 Dec 2013 13:26)
Statistical Inference for Markov and Hidden Markov Models (17 Dec 2013 13:01)
Math I Ought to Learn (16 Dec 2013 15:20)
Law and Jurisprudence (12 Dec 2013 13:36)
Lev Semyonovich Vygotsky (11 Dec 2013 19:38)
Literacy, Reading, Writing (11 Dec 2013 19:37)
Rhetoric (08 Dec 2013 15:28)
Interpretation (08 Dec 2013 15:21)
Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium Models in Macroeconomics (DSGEs) (03 Dec 2013 09:38)
Power Law Distributions, 1/f Noise, Long-Memory Time Series (26 Nov 2013 14:18)
Exponential Random Graph Models (ERGMs) (20 Nov 2013 16:44)
Experiments on Social Networks (20 Nov 2013 14:47)
Homophily and Influence in Social Networks (20 Nov 2013 14:42)
Graph Sampling Algorithms (18 Nov 2013 09:47)
Model Selection (17 Nov 2013 08:35)
Exponential Families of Probability Measures (14 Nov 2013 20:41)
Education, Academia (14 Nov 2013 20:39)
Neuropsychology (08 Nov 2013 15:28)
Mechanistic Explanations (08 Nov 2013 15:24)
Relational Learning (21 Oct 2013 16:07)
Low-Regret Learning (21 Oct 2013 16:07)
Optimization (21 Oct 2013 15:59)
Forecasting Non-Stationary Processes (21 Oct 2013 15:58)
Estimating Entropies and Informations (21 Oct 2013 15:41)
Recurrence Times of Stochastic Processes (also Hitting, Waiting, and First-Passage Times) (21 Oct 2013 15:41)
Regression, especially Nonparametric Regression (21 Oct 2013 15:16)
Spatial Statistics (21 Oct 2013 15:12)
Neuroscience (12 Oct 2013 17:39)
Ergodic Theory of Markov and Related Processes (12 Oct 2013 17:35)
Scientific Thinking (11 Oct 2013 18:20)
Cities, Urban Form (20 Sep 2013 16:09)
Bootstrapping, and Other Resampling Methods (20 Sep 2013 12:41)
Mixing and Weak Dependence of Stochastic Processes (20 Sep 2013 08:49)
Space Travel, Extraterrestrial Life, SETI (19 Sep 2013 13:57)
Development Economics and Economic Growth (19 Sep 2013 13:51)
Judgment, Choice, Human Decision-Making (19 Sep 2013 12:21)
Spatial-Temporal Statistics (19 Sep 2013 12:14)
Decision Theory (19 Sep 2013 09:57)
Empirical Process Theory (05 Sep 2013 11:26)
Random Fields (05 Sep 2013 11:03)
Corporations, Corporate Governance, Corporate Finance (01 Sep 2013 10:28)
Cross-Validation (15 Aug 2013 13:36)
Mixture Models (in Statistics) (04 Aug 2013 14:49)
Causality (30 Jul 2013 22:50)
Cognitive science (29 Jul 2013 16:00)
Calculating Macroscopic Consequences of Microscopic Interactions (22 Jul 2013 11:00)
Technology and Society (20 Jul 2013 22:18)
World History, Macrohistory (20 Jul 2013 21:46)
Afghanistan (20 Jul 2013 16:31)
Socialism, Market Socialism (12 Jul 2013 19:19)
Agent-Based Modeling (11 Jul 2013 10:51)
Indirect Inference (10 Jul 2013 16:13)
Complexity (30 Jun 2013 16:48)
Jack Vance (30 Jun 2013 14:16)
Reductionism (30 Jun 2013 13:54)
Emergent Properties (30 Jun 2013 13:53)
Scientific Method and Philosophy of Science (30 Jun 2013 12:57)
Evolutionary psychology (27 Jun 2013 18:55)
Central Asia (27 Jun 2013 18:42)
Maya civilization (27 Jun 2013 18:27)
Human Evolution and Paleoanthropology (27 Jun 2013 18:24)
Signal Transduction, Control of Metabolism, and Gene Regulation (19 Jun 2013 11:50)
Evolution (of Organisms) (07 Jun 2013 11:56)
Imagination (04 Jun 2013 12:49)
Social Neuroscience (04 Jun 2013 10:51)
The Soviet Union, 1917--1991 (03 Jun 2013 21:40)
Linguistics (15 May 2013 15:11)
The University-Industrial Complex (11 May 2013 15:52)
Sociology (04 May 2013 17:56)
Norbert Wiener (1894--1964) (30 Apr 2013 19:38)
Political elites (27 Apr 2013 16:58)
Gödel's Theorem (25 Apr 2013 16:16)
Joint Modeling of Texts and Networks (24 Apr 2013 16:18)
Stochastic Processes (17 Apr 2013 19:43)
Stochastic Differential Equations (17 Apr 2013 11:22)
Exchangeable Random Sequences (17 Apr 2013 11:15)
Probability Theory (17 Apr 2013 11:12)
Text Mining (and Information Retrieval) (13 Apr 2013 18:57)
Pre-Columbian Civilizations (03 Apr 2013 16:36)
Influence of Network Topology on Synchronization (22 Mar 2013 16:45)
Embedding Networks in Hyperbolic Spaces (14 Mar 2013 23:32)
Democracy (27 Feb 2013 13:25)
Statistics with Structured Data (21 Feb 2013 18:15)
Social Contagion, Information Cascades, Diffusion of Innovations, Etc. (21 Feb 2013 15:59)
Large Deviations (21 Feb 2013 15:04)
The Cold War (17 Feb 2013 23:06)
Universal Prediction Algorithms (11 Feb 2013 21:23)
Sufficient Statistics (24 Jan 2013 16:01)
Ecology (20 Jan 2013 14:51)
Thought and Society (19 Jan 2013 12:41)
The Renaissance (19 Jan 2013 11:38)
Neural Control of Action, Especially of Rapid Motor Sequences (12 Jan 2013 21:38)
History of Science (01 Jan 2013 18:49)
Dynamical Systems (Including Chaos) (29 Dec 2012 15:37)
Pattern formation (29 Dec 2012 15:26)
Markov Models (29 Dec 2012 15:13)
Cellular Automata (29 Dec 2012 15:10)
Interacting Particle Systems (23 Dec 2012 15:39)
Inferring Networks from Non-Network Data (18 Dec 2012 17:09)
Evolutionary Game Theory (09 Dec 2012 18:04)
Convergence of Stochastic Processes (07 Dec 2012 17:27)
Sociology of Science (20 Nov 2012 15:48)
Learning in Games (27 Oct 2012 11:41)
Empires and Imperialism (27 Oct 2012 11:21)
Quantum Mechanics (07 Oct 2012 11:37)
Change-Point Problems (30 Sep 2012 11:31)
Complexity Measures (30 Sep 2012 10:59)
Neural Modeling and Data Analysis (06 Sep 2012 00:06)
Random Time Changes for Stochastic Processes (06 Sep 2012 00:05)
Turbulence, and Fluid Mechanics in General (06 Sep 2012 00:03)
Grammatical Inference (03 Sep 2012 12:24)
Gene Expression Data Analysis (31 Aug 2012 13:02)
Heritability and Its Estimation, Especially in Humans (24 Aug 2012 14:44)
Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844--1900 (21 Aug 2012 09:55)
The Schelling Model (21 Jul 2012 12:44)
Mesopotamia, especially Sumeria (21 Jul 2012 11:47)
Ethics, Game Theory and Biology (21 Jul 2012 11:43)
Memes, and Related Ideas about the Evolution of Culture (13 Jul 2012 10:08)
The Minimum Description Length Principle (MDL) (26 Jun 2012 23:00)
Symbolic Dynamics (27 Apr 2012 11:51)
Postmodernism, Poststructuralism, etc. (18 Apr 2012 12:47)
The Dying Earth (26 Mar 2012 11:34)
Maximum Entropy Methods (MaxEnt) (15 Mar 2012 08:50)
Yet Another Information Matrix (15 Mar 2012 08:34)
Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena (04 Mar 2012 11:02)
Sequential Decision-Making Under Stochastic Uncertainty (19 Feb 2012 10:33)
Branching Processes (08 Jan 2012 19:13)
Astrophysics and Cosmology (08 Jan 2012 18:38)
Computational Statistics (20 Dec 2011 21:07)
Antarctica (20 Dec 2011 21:03)
Slime Molds, especially Dictyostelium (20 Dec 2011 20:57)
Millenarianism (15 Dec 2011 09:46)
The Right, Conservativism, Reaction (12 Dec 2011 14:01)
Kernel Classifiers for Time Series (28 Oct 2011 16:51)
The Left (02 Sep 2011 14:43)
Feminism (02 Sep 2011 14:43)
Random Boolean Networks, Nk Networks (01 Sep 2011 13:38)
IQ, and Mental Testing More Generally (27 Aug 2011 10:37)
Chinese philosophy of the Warring States period (20 Aug 2011 17:02)
What Is the Right Null Model for Linear Regression? (16 Aug 2011 21:44)
The Enlightenment (14 Aug 2011 15:55)
Flocking and Models of Animal Swarms (14 Aug 2011 12:19)
Biochemical Network Evolution (14 Aug 2011 11:55)
Evolution of Complexity (14 Aug 2011 11:39)
Parallel and Distributed Computing (14 Jul 2011 12:22)
Evolutionary Epistemology (13 Jul 2011 18:12)
Artificial life (07 Jul 2011 15:41)
Artificial intelligence (07 Jul 2011 15:41)
Architecture and design (07 Jul 2011 15:34)
Intellectual Property (06 Jul 2011 18:02)
Properties versus Principles in Defining "Good Statistics" (21 Jun 2011 19:51)
Computational Models of Linguistic Evolution (06 Feb 2011 09:38)
Evolving Local Rules to Perform Global Computations (26 Jan 2011 11:36)
Collective Action (22 Jan 2011 23:31)
State Formation and Development (22 Jan 2011 23:31)
Nationalism (12 Jan 2011 19:30)
New Mexico (28 Dec 2010 23:08)
Synchronization and Functional Connectivity in Neural Systems (23 Dec 2010 11:38)
The Minority Game (19 Dec 2010 17:38)
"The Edge of Chaos" (13 Dec 2010 13:56)
Totaliatiarianism, Its Intellectual and Social Roots (11 Dec 2010 18:09)
Self-Organization (03 Dec 2010 08:00)
Knowledge and Intelligence as Factors of Production (03 Dec 2010 07:58)
Synchronization (28 Nov 2010 14:01)
Teaching Statistics (13 Nov 2010 20:42)
Terrorism, state or independent (04 Nov 2010 17:18)
Excitable Media (07 Oct 2010 23:59)
Assortative Social Networks and Neutral Cultural Evolution (26 Sep 2010 15:25)
Self-Organized Criticality (14 Sep 2010 10:47)
Networks of Political Actors (17 Aug 2010 15:13)
Density Estimation on Graphical Models (16 Aug 2010 11:26)
Herbert Simon, 1916--2001 (08 Aug 2010 18:12)
Stochastic Approximation Algorithms (28 Jul 2010 11:26)
The Thomson Sampling Model (27 Jun 2010 15:38)
Operator Semigroups (05 Jun 2010 17:13)
Recommended Novels (18 May 2010 00:14)
Ilya Prigogine (11 May 2010 13:03)
China Since Mao (18 Apr 2010 15:20)
Peasant Revolts, Rural Insurgencies, etc. (16 Apr 2010 13:31)
Biofilms and Other Cooperative Microbial Assemblages (09 Apr 2010 10:15)
Globalization (04 Apr 2010 20:18)
VC Dimension and Evolving Cellular Automata (24 Mar 2010 23:38)
Structuralism (12 Feb 2010 11:40)
China in the 20th Century (02 Jan 2010 23:01)
The United States Congress, How It Works and For Whom (14 Nov 2009 08:47)
Myths (03 Nov 2009 09:56)
I. A. Richards, 1893--1979 (14 Aug 2009 00:06)
Diversity in Machine Learning and Multi-Agent Systems (03 Aug 2009 17:07)
William James (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Titan (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
The Welfare State (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Sung Dynasty China (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
The Romanticists (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
The Phylogenetic Comparative Method and Evolving Cellular Automata (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Predation of Humans by Other Animals (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Poetry, Poets (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
"Occam"-style Bounds for Long Programs (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Persuasion (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Particle-Based Computation (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Multi-Agent Systems (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Management; Manangement Fads and Witch-Doctoring (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Leszek Kolakowski (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Guerilla Warfare, Counter-Insurgency, etc. (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Human Ecology (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Information in Games and Decision-Making (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
ibn Khaldûn, 'Abd-ar-Rahmân Abû Zayd ibn Muhammad ibn Muhammad, 1332--1406 (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Goddess, The (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Evolutionary Design (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Emotion (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, 1466--1536 (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Joan Didion (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Diversity (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Climate Change (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Clinical and Actuarial Judgment Compared (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Campaign Finance in US Politics (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Jorge Luis Borges (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Bertrand Russell (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Karel Čapek, 1890--1938 (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Basis Selection in Function Decomposition (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Islamic Spain, al-Andalus (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Dynamics in Cognitive Science (17 Dec 2004 09:10)
Counter-Enlightenment (03 Oct 2004 12:17)
Political Islamism (22 Sep 2004 11:14)
Iran (20 Sep 2004 11:26)
Decadence and Depravity as a Theme in Western Culture since the 19th Century (14 Sep 2004 10:46)
Mathematical Logic (08 Sep 2004 11:07)
Political Foundations, Think-Tanks, Advocacy Groups and NGOs (26 Aug 2004 12:22)
Symbolic Correlations (23 Aug 2004 16:10)
Daniel Dennett (22 Aug 2004 12:30)
ibn Rushd, Abu al-Walid Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Muhammad, a.k.a. Averroes, 1126--1198 (01 Aug 2004 11:55)
Duality between Knowledge Centralization and Market Completeness? (01 Aug 2004 11:55)
"Pre-Cognitivism": Anticipations of Cognitive Science in the Early 20th Century (28 Mar 2004 15:54)
Frequently Asked Questions about the Notebooks (06 Mar 2004 14:20)
Semiotics (04 Mar 2004 11:33)
Military-industrial complexes (03 Mar 2004 17:05)
Transducers (03 Mar 2004 16:20)
Control Theory, Especially Distributed and Decentralized Control (03 Mar 2004 16:13)
Hu Shih (02 Mar 2004 19:40)
Arthur Waley (02 Mar 2004 19:26)
Su T'ung-po (02 Mar 2004 19:13)
L. ("Lizzie") Susan Stebbing, 1885--1943 (02 Mar 2004 19:01)
Logical Positivism (02 Mar 2004 18:59)
Baruch Spinoza, Benedictus Spinoza (02 Mar 2004 18:26)
Omar Khayyam (02 Mar 2004 17:39)
Jean Piaget (02 Mar 2004 17:35)
Li Po and Tu Fu (02 Mar 2004 17:26)
Chuang Tzu (or Zhuangzi) (02 Mar 2004 17:19)
Henri Poincaré (02 Mar 2004 17:07)
The Thousand and One Nights (02 Mar 2004 16:48)
Gore Vidal (02 Mar 2004 16:42)
Asceticism and Self-Mortification (02 Mar 2004 15:16)
The Frankfurt School (24 Feb 2004 21:26)
Field theory (14 Feb 2004 10:55)
Developmental Biology (20 Jan 2004 08:50)
The Scientific Revolution (20 Jan 2004 08:46)
Environmentalism (18 Jan 2004 12:05)
Complexity, Entropy and the Physics of gzip (02 Dec 2003 13:38)
Probably Algorithmically True (17 Nov 2003 19:28)
Plagues (06 Nov 2003 12:54)
Bootstrapping Entropy Estimates (31 Oct 2003 12:46)
Jacques Barzun (20 Sep 2003 17:09)
Revolutions and Revolutionaries (23 May 2003 17:42)
Conspiracy Theories (20 May 2003 11:51)
Karl Popper, 1902--1994 (14 Apr 2003 14:00)
Statistical Mechanics (and Condensed Matter) (01 Apr 2003 09:01)
Alchemy (11 Mar 2003 13:53)
Analogy and Metaphor (16 Feb 2003 16:27)
Discourses on Method (09 Feb 2003 16:18)
Modernity, Post-Modernity and All That (03 Feb 2003 17:01)
Prophecy (19 Jan 2003 12:57)
War (14 Jan 2003 12:50)
The Ainu (30 Dec 2002 00:37)
Technological Change (01 Dec 2002 14:07)
Italo Calvino (23 Nov 2002 19:24)
Intellectuals (23 Oct 2002 14:17)
Cybernetics (16 Oct 2002 15:27)
Bioinformatics (04 Oct 2002 14:31)
Pornography (15 Apr 2002 12:58)
Mircea Eliade (22 Nov 2001 14:26)
Novels (13 Oct 2001 15:57)
Scientist Fiction (13 Oct 2001 15:57)
Simulations, Models, Forecasts (17 Apr 2001 12:16)
QWERTY, Lock-In and Path Dependence (16 Mar 2001 13:00)
Willard Van Orman Quine, 1908--2000 (07 Mar 2001 10:43)
Social Construction of Reality (30 Dec 2000 21:16)
Narratives (30 Dec 2000 21:11)
Narrative Communities (10 Dec 2000 02:12)
D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, 1860--1948 (23 Jul 2000 17:03)
Ernst Cassirer, 1874--1945 (01 Jun 2000 14:00)
C. J. Cherryh (15 May 2000 14:39)
W. Ross Ashby (29 Nov 1999 17:38)
Philosophies' Evil Twins (14 Nov 1999 02:58)
Computational Mechanics (12 Jul 1999 19:33)
Noam Chomsky (24 Oct 1998 21:13)
Biological Order, or Levels of Organization (11 Oct 1998 11:00)
Demonology (09 Oct 1998 14:32)
Indices, Indexing (07 Oct 1998 13:34)
Cultural Criticism (06 Jul 1998 16:40)
UFOs, Ufology, Alien Abductions, etc. (11 Jun 1998 17:28)
Multi-Level Marketing (11 Jun 1998 17:15)
Ernest Gellner, 1925--1995 (28 May 1998 15:42)
Evolutionary computation (13 May 1998 18:20)
John Holland (13 May 1998 17:58)
Networks as Provinces of the Commonwealth of Letters (29 Apr 1998 11:53)
Dealing with Huge Amounts of Information (28 Apr 1998 18:58)
Brahmanical Proverbs (07 Apr 1998 16:06)
Ernest Bramah (07 Apr 1998 16:06)
Psychoceramics (09 Mar 1998 13:45)
Joseph Campbell (26 Nov 1997 21:51)
Claude Bernard, 1813--1878 (31 Oct 1997 13:23)
Armchair Travel (29 Oct 1997 12:11)
Charles Darwin, 1809--1882 (23 Oct 1997 12:52)
The Information Society and the Information Economy (10 Oct 1997 19:44)
The Manhattan Project (25 Sep 1997 18:03)
Otto Neurath, 1882--1945 (25 Jul 1997 12:48)
The Witch-Craze and the Witch-Cult (01 Jul 1997 12:28)
General Systems Theory (15 May 1997 15:42)
Unions, Labor Movements, Labor (13 May 1997 11:03)
John von Neumann (1903--1957) (06 May 1997 14:36)
Futurism (05 May 1997 17:41)
Adaptation (05 May 1997 15:22)
Julian Jaynes (05 May 1997 15:16)
John Tyler Bonner (03 May 1997 12:20)
Dangers of Natural Foods (09 Apr 1997 11:14)
Superstition (07 Apr 1997 16:07)
Sigmund Freud, 1856--1939 (03 Apr 1997 10:25)
Notes on a Talk Entitled ``Is the Brain Critical?'' by Per Bak, 18 March 1997 at the Santa Fe Institute (24 Mar 1997 12:37)
Dissipative structures (28 Jan 1997 13:34)
Voltaire, 1694--1778 (30 Nov 1996 05:57)
Memories (27 Jun 1996 22:58)
Notes on a Lecture on "Origins of an Embodied Cognition: Moving, Perceiving, and Thinking in Infancy" (20 May 1996 01:34)
Darwin Machines, Universal Darwinism (11 Mar 1996 01:32)
Fritz Machlup, the ``Knowledge Industry,'' and Alvin Toffler (28 Feb 1996 17:14)
Campus architecture and student revolts (18 Feb 1996 17:54)
International arms trade (16 Feb 1996 18:46)
Computer networks (23 Jan 1996 16:12)
Fatima Mernissi (21 Aug 1995 17:02)
The Czech Legions (19 Aug 1995 17:19)
Jung (19 Aug 1995 15:31)
Menstruation (17 Aug 1995 19:07)
Radiation and Health (17 Aug 1995 16:51)
Nimrod and the Tower of Babel (17 Aug 1995 15:51)
Modern architecture and design (16 Aug 1995 21:25)
Possession, multiple-personality disorder (26 Mar 1995 18:45)
Neuropsychiatry (25 Mar 1995 15:11)
Universal Images and Cultural Universals (22 Mar 1995 18:15)
Artificial Intelligence and Natural Folly (22 Mar 1995 17:30)
Winding Number and Topological Explanations (22 Mar 1995 11:54)
Catholics and Cyberspace (19 Mar 1995 20:24)
Renormalized Semiotics (16 Mar 1995 06:50)
Nanotechnology (16 Mar 1995 05:06)
Tubal-Cain (16 Mar 1995 04:50)
e. e. cummings (13 Mar 1995 21:01)
Complex Adaptive Systems (13 Mar 1995 20:53)
Shamanism (13 Mar 1995 19:04)
Christopher Alexander (13 Mar 1995 18:48)
Spies, Secrecy, Intelligence (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Science (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Scientific instruments (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Yi the Archer (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Social Engineering (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
The Wild Hunt (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Soviets, councils, etc. (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Vergil: medieval legends (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Singapore (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Theocracy in Tibet (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Philosophical Taoism (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
``Swarm'' theories (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Sufism (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Alfred North Whitehead (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Whole Earth Catalog (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
William Carlos Williams (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Zen or Ch'an (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Yi-Fu Tuan (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Vampires (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Southeast Asia (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Philosophy of Mind (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Particle physics (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Physiological effects of TV (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Neutral monism (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Jeremy Rifkin (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Molecular Biology (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Schizophrenia (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
New Age music, electronic music (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Public Policy (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Magic (supernatural) (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Julian Offray de la Mettrie (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Charles Sanders (Santiago) Peirce, 1839--1914 (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
The Middle East (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Edna St. Vincent Millay (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Marshall McLuhan (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Madison, Wisconsin (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Physics (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Religion (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Ancient Rome and the Roman Empire (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Personal Violence (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Religious conversion (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Proto-industrialism (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Phoenicians (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
The Ottoman Empire (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Potentially Runaway Technologies (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Ichiro Ozawa (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Republics (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Race and Racism (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Mass media (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
``The New Physics'' (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
San Francisco and the Bay Area (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Mu'tazila and Mu'tazilites (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Post-industrialism (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Mysticism (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Sardinia (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Pseudo-events (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Joseph Needham (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Lumpenproletariat, the underclass (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Regulation (of Markets, etc.) (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Migraine headaches (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Mass hysteria and mass panic (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
``Naturalist'' philosophy in ancient China (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Mass Culture, Popular Culture (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Intellectual frauds, I: Famous and profound (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
History of Technology (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Intellectual standards and competence (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Epics and Oral Poetry (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
G. C. Lichtenberg (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Russell Jacoby (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Sir James Frazer (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Liquid Crystals (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Intellectual frauds, II: The rabble (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Epicureanism (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Lost Tribes of Israel (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, etc. (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
The End of the World, I: Jehovah (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
``Intellectual immune systems'' or ``intellectual self-defense'' (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Initiation rites (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
``Future shock'' (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Exile, Exiles (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Robert Graves (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Hildegard of Bingen (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
History, Historiography, Uses of the Past (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Etruscans (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Genocide: history (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
The Finns (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Input-Output Models (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Goliards, medieval wandering scholars (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Literature (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
The End of the World, III: Nemesis (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Galileo (Galileo Galilei, 1564--1642) (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Intelligence augmentation (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Epidemiology, Especially Epidemic Models (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Human simulacra (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
The End of the World, II: Oppenheimer (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Ionia (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Islam (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Shirley Jackson (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Anatole France (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Hypertext (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Gardens (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Frivolous elites (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Japan (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
David Hume (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Import of Eastern religions to Europe (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Berkeley, California (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Hannah Arendt (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Armageddon (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
The Berbers (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
The East Asian Economic Miracle (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
``The biological expansion of Europe'' (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Electronic media, esp. portable ones, and demand for, expectation of continuous entertainment (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Books and Their History (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Clockwork (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Automata (Mechanical) (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Confucius and Confucianism (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Classical era, world-wide (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
The École des Beaux-arts (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Cults, Enthusiasts (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Norman Cohn (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Astrology (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Biological Design (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Analytical Philosophy (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
``Directed evolution'' in biochemistry (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Adorno (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Drugs (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Charles Babbage (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Biotechnology (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Bosnia, and the Former Yugoslavia Generally (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Artistic Modernism (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Umberto Eco (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Denis Diderot (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Eastern Europe, circa 1900 (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Bohemia (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Archaeology (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Abyssal Vents (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Thomas Browne, 1605--1682 (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Ancient metallurgy (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Biological computers (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
William Calvin (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
California (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Complex Systems (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Censorship (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Ancient China (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Authors (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
The Counter-culture (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Richard Dawkins (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Cultural minorities (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Computers (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Ancient trade (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Atomism (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Alexander the Great (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
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