tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5711195880526876235.post9103775027159395094..comments2021-02-13T09:03:23.661-05:00Comments on Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review: GROUP THINK | What is one device from a Science Fiction novel (or film) you wish were real?The Mad Hatterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14135107584625716128noreply@blogger.comBlogger5125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5711195880526876235.post-10781792837654822192012-11-30T16:48:14.499-05:002012-11-30T16:48:14.499-05:00Hanna,
To your comment regarding Asimov's Pri...Hanna,<br /><br />To your comment regarding Asimov's Prime Radiant and the psychohistorical equations --<br /><br />You might be interested to know that a real psychohistory may have been discovered "down here on Earth" recently.<br /><br />The new mathematics on which it is based is presented as an algebra that can model human dialogues -- and the 'self-dialogues' that are individual human thought-processes as "soundless monologues" -- and the "reap the wind, sow the whirl wind", and "'as you do onto others, so shall it be done unto you'" dialectics of moral dynamics.<br /><br />The creator of this psychohistory, and the discoverer of the new<br />mathematics behind it, calls himself "Karl H. Seldon", and the<br />organization that he co-founded is called "Foundation Encyclopedia<br />Dialectica" ["F.E.D."], with its two 'co-headquarters' at "Terminious, CA." and at "Stars' End, NY".<br /><br />The seven "simultaneous" Karl-Seldonian "psychohistorical equations" were recently publicly revealed, in detail, via the following URLs:<br /><br />www.dialectics.org<br /><br />http://www.dialectics.org/dialectics/Aoristoss_Blog/Entries/2012/5/19_The_F.E.D._Psychohistorical_Equations.html<br /><br />These seven equations are written in the algebraic language of the most rudimentary of the progression of new systems of mathematics that "Dr. Seldon" discovered in 1996.<br /><br />This first system of "psychohistorical mathematics" is, simultaneously, (1) a 'contra Boolean arithmetic of logic', founded on axioms which imply a theorem which is a hitherto never considered, strong[er] negation of the "Fundamental Law of Thought" of George Boole's original algebra of formal logic, and (2) a "non-standard model of "Natural" Numbers Arithmetic". <br /><br />The "existence" of such<br />"non-standard models of "Natural" arithmetic" was predicted as a direct implication of the Lowenheim Skolem Theorem of mathematical logic, and as a conjoint implication of Kurt Goedel's Completeness and<br />Incompleteness Theorems, but not constructively so [i.e., the processes of the proofs of these theorems did not involve constructing examples of such "non-standard arithmetics"].<br /><br />"Karl Seldon's" first dialectical arithmetic uses the "First Order Peano Postulates" that form<br />the foundation of the axiomatics of ordinary "Natural" arithmetic, but in a way which leads to a qualitatively different system of arithmetic, in somewhat the same sense that "Non-Euclidean Geometries", by varying the<br />Euclidean "Parallels Postulate", differ qualitatively from Euclidean<br />"Natural" Geometry, but more in the sense in which Abraham Robinson's "Non-Standard Analysis" is a "Non-Standard Model" of the "Real" Numbers, based upon their first-order "ambiguity", that simplifies expressions of the Calculus by rigorously allowing "actual infinitestimals" as "Hyper-Real" numbers.<br /><br />"Karl Seldon" next used this first psychohistorical algebra to model a potentially infinite progression of ever-more-descriptively-powerful "psychohistorical algebras", presumably allowing a finite progression of predictively-richer versions of his seven "psychohistorical-dialectical equations". <br /><br />However, those richer versions have not yet been published.<br /><br />Worth a look-see, IMHO.Miguelhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/15248430239985941363noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5711195880526876235.post-27891309634487576532011-12-01T21:56:44.908-05:002011-12-01T21:56:44.908-05:00I don't read historical fiction. They usually ...I don't read historical fiction. They usually read very dry to me. I'd rather have a lot going on in between the pages than a whole bunch of mooning nobles. I picked up this book anyway and it wasn't like that at all. It had interesting characters and action that made it interesting. Even the business stuff, which would normally have me snoring, was interesting. I feel like I learned a bit about what it must have been like in Italy during the Renaissance. I think the author really researched the time period, which made the whole novel feel authentic.Espanahttp://eclipsegym.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5711195880526876235.post-31165372619729590522011-07-13T11:42:48.644-04:002011-07-13T11:42:48.644-04:00My mind immediately went to the ansible (which I f...My mind immediately went to the ansible (which I first encountered in Orson Scott Card's <i>Ender</i> books), but, upon further consideration, I think I will echo many of the authors and say instant teleportation. I envision the kind used in Dan Simmons' <i>The Fall of Hyperion</i> where energy gates can connect any two points anywhere.Scavenger Monkhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14633545077359425610noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5711195880526876235.post-22791834590430298982011-07-12T15:26:21.606-04:002011-07-12T15:26:21.606-04:00Replicator is a pretty tame answer, but I guess it...Replicator is a pretty tame answer, but I guess it would give a lot of options. I'd love it if there were a real Dyson sphere. Imagine all the tech it takes to make that one device.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5711195880526876235.post-48563996579627235052011-07-11T09:03:44.808-04:002011-07-11T09:03:44.808-04:00What a great idea to ask all these writers what in...What a great idea to ask all these writers what invention they'd like! It got me thinking about what I'd like most and I think it may have more to do with how enamored I happen to be with it at the moment more than anything else.<br /><br />The Bobble's from Vernor Vinge's "The Peace War" and "Marooned in Realtime". I don't want to say too much about the technology in case there's a spoiler in it, but they're crazy quantum based spheres that encase whatever is inside in an impenetrable membrane.TenDimensionshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08940087294905282239noreply@blogger.com