Notebooks

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.

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Physics of Computation and Information (05 Jun 2016 22:02)
Low-Regret Learning (05 Jun 2016 22:01)
Community Discovery Methods for Complex Networks (05 Jun 2016 22:01)
America, United States of (05 Jun 2016 22:00)
Empires and Imperialism (05 Jun 2016 21:57)
Concentration of Measure (05 Jun 2016 21:45)
Graph Spectra (05 Jun 2016 21:45)
The American Dilemma (05 Jun 2016 21:41)
Estimating Entropies and Informations (05 Jun 2016 20:58)
Causal Inference (05 Jun 2016 20:53)
Economics (05 Jun 2016 20:37)
Decision Theory (05 Jun 2016 20:37)
The Cold War (05 Jun 2016 20:32)
Collective Cognition (05 Jun 2016 20:30)
Homophily and Influence in Social Networks (04 Jun 2016 22:20)
Neuropsychology (04 Jun 2016 22:09)
Cognitive science (04 Jun 2016 22:06)
Neuroscience (04 Jun 2016 22:00)
Exponential Random Graph Models (ERGMs) (04 Jun 2016 21:56)
Analysis of Network Data (04 Jun 2016 21:53)
Social Networks (04 Jun 2016 21:53)
Neural Nets, Connectionism, Perceptrons, etc. (03 Jun 2016 15:44)
Learning Theory (Formal, Computational or Statistical) (03 Jun 2016 15:41)
Recommended Fantasy Books (03 Jun 2016 14:08)
Recommended Novels (03 Jun 2016 12:58)
Optimization (03 Jun 2016 10:18)
Landauer's Principle (03 Jun 2016 10:09)
Network Comparison (03 Jun 2016 09:37)
Graph Limits and Infinite Exchangeable Arrays (03 Jun 2016 09:23)
Citations and Citation Networks (02 Jun 2016 17:10)
Recommended Mystery Novels (22 May 2016 21:24)
Recommended Science Fiction (14 May 2016 13:57)
Experiments on Social Networks (13 May 2016 11:45)
World History, Macrohistory (09 May 2016 14:48)
Statistical Computing and Programming (08 May 2016 23:29)
Bootstrapping, and Other Resampling Methods (08 May 2016 23:27)
Ethics, Game Theory and Biology (08 May 2016 01:08)
Visualizing Network Data (07 May 2016 14:09)
History of Science (02 May 2016 15:01)
Reception and Appropriations of Classical Culture (02 May 2016 14:56)
Scientific Method and Philosophy of Science (02 May 2016 14:48)
Evolutionary psychology (02 May 2016 14:40)
Convergence of Stochastic Processes (25 Apr 2016 09:27)
Fluctuation-Response Relations (24 Apr 2016 18:31)
Fantasy (24 Apr 2016 18:26)
Classical era, Mediterranean (21 Apr 2016 19:25)
Early Modern Europe (21 Apr 2016 19:21)
Lucretius (21 Apr 2016 19:20)
Science Fiction (16 Apr 2016 22:20)
Mysteries (16 Apr 2016 21:58)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (16 Apr 2016 21:39)
Networks of Political Actors (16 Apr 2016 16:11)
Stochastic Block Models (16 Apr 2016 15:58)
Social Contagion, Information Cascades, Diffusion of Innovations, Etc. (16 Apr 2016 15:30)
Maximum Entropy Methods (MaxEnt) (16 Apr 2016 09:56)
Causality (14 Mar 2016 14:33)
Statistics (04 Mar 2016 13:21)
Afghanistan (22 Feb 2016 16:37)
Feminism (11 Feb 2016 18:41)
History of India (and the rest of the subcontinent) (11 Feb 2016 18:40)
Machine Learning, Statistical Inference and Induction (11 Feb 2016 18:38)
Pattern formation (06 Feb 2016 21:01)
Persian Empire, Ancient (06 Feb 2016 20:59)
Chinese History (06 Feb 2016 20:24)
The Late Bronze Age "Dark Age" (06 Feb 2016 20:19)
Blackouts (01 Feb 2016 11:47)
Hilbert Space Methods for Statistics and Probability (30 Jan 2016 19:55)
Probability Theory (30 Jan 2016 16:32)
Math I Ought to Learn (30 Jan 2016 16:29)
Operator Semigroups (25 Jan 2016 16:50)
Development Economics and Economic Growth (25 Jan 2016 15:53)
Antarctica (22 Jan 2016 21:12)
Model Selection (17 Jan 2016 13:44)
Frequentist Consistency of Bayesian Procedures (15 Jan 2016 12:58)
Methodology for the Social Sciences (15 Jan 2016 11:00)
Algorithmic Information Theory (10 Jan 2016 21:35)
Complexity Measures (10 Jan 2016 21:33)
Mixing and Weak Dependence of Stochastic Processes (09 Jan 2016 19:06)
The Renaissance (06 Jan 2016 01:38)
Evolution (of Organisms) (06 Jan 2016 01:37)
Education, Academia (06 Jan 2016 01:34)
Factor Models in Statistics (05 Jan 2016 02:27)
Time Series, or Statistics for Stochastic Processes and Dynamical Systems (01 Jan 2016 20:09)
Computation, Automata, Languages (31 Dec 2015 12:19)
Nuclear Weapons (29 Dec 2015 17:58)
The Right, Conservativism, Reaction (29 Dec 2015 17:57)
Stochastic Processes (29 Dec 2015 13:13)
Ecology (29 Dec 2015 13:10)
Political elites (29 Dec 2015 12:50)
Political Decision-Making, Social Choice, Public Policy (29 Dec 2015 12:50)
Millenarianism (29 Dec 2015 12:28)
Teaching Statistics (29 Dec 2015 12:26)
The Soviet Union, 1917--1991 (27 Dec 2015 20:33)
Foreign Policy (American) (27 Dec 2015 20:29)
Judgment, Choice, Human Decision-Making (27 Dec 2015 20:28)
Democracy (27 Dec 2015 20:22)
Sociology of Science (27 Dec 2015 20:18)
Role-Playing Games (19 Dec 2015 22:15)
Central Asia (19 Dec 2015 21:23)
Pre-Columbian Civilizations (19 Dec 2015 21:08)
Maya civilization (19 Dec 2015 21:08)
Literacy, Reading, Writing (19 Dec 2015 21:08)
Information Theory (13 Dec 2015 22:18)
Ergodic Theory (13 Dec 2015 21:15)
Mesopotamia, especially Sumeria (13 Dec 2015 14:02)
Physical Principles and Biology (13 Dec 2015 13:44)
Spatial-Temporal Statistics (13 Dec 2015 13:41)
Dynamical Systems (Including Chaos) (13 Dec 2015 13:39)
Programming (10 Dec 2015 11:39)
Linguistics (10 Dec 2015 11:38)
Cross-Validation (08 Nov 2015 14:14)
Regression, especially Nonparametric Regression (03 Oct 2015 00:20)
Large Deviations (27 Sep 2015 22:41)
Two-Sample Tests (27 Sep 2015 22:33)
Space Travel, Extraterrestrial Life, SETI (22 Sep 2015 21:44)
Agent-Based Modeling (22 Sep 2015 21:31)
Markov Models (22 Sep 2015 21:25)
Data Mining (22 Sep 2015 19:41)
Self-Organized Criticality (18 Sep 2015 21:12)
Myths (18 Sep 2015 20:55)
Computers in Education (18 Sep 2015 20:44)
Neural Coding (18 Sep 2015 20:39)
Information Technology Before the Electronic Computer (18 Sep 2015 20:32)
Value-Added Measures in Education (04 Sep 2015 12:39)
Complex Networks (02 Sep 2015 02:33)
The Romanticists (01 Sep 2015 23:49)
Literary Criticism and Theory of Criticism (01 Sep 2015 23:49)
Globalization (29 Aug 2015 14:22)
Nationalism (29 Aug 2015 14:06)
Economists in Politics (29 Aug 2015 13:54)
Joint Modeling of Texts and Networks (29 Aug 2015 13:10)
Statistical Learning Theory with Dependent Data (26 Aug 2015 20:26)
Stochastic Approximation Algorithms (25 Aug 2015 15:23)
Computational Statistics (23 Aug 2015 22:57)
Indirect Inference (23 Aug 2015 16:44)
Statistical Emulators for Simulation Models (22 Aug 2015 16:22)
Monte Carlo, and Other Kinds of Stochastic Simulation (22 Aug 2015 16:22)
Calculating Macroscopic Consequences of Microscopic Interactions (22 Aug 2015 16:18)
Climate Change (22 Aug 2015 14:34)
Deviation Inequalities in Probability Theory (22 Aug 2015 14:22)
Forecasting Non-Stationary Processes (22 Aug 2015 14:14)
Learning in Games (17 Aug 2015 22:26)
Evolutionary Game Theory (16 Aug 2015 11:38)
Lev Semyonovich Vygotsky (15 Aug 2015 01:03)
Heritability and Its Estimation, Especially in Humans (14 Aug 2015 09:14)
IQ, and Mental Testing More Generally (14 Aug 2015 09:02)
Human Evolution and Paleoanthropology (13 Aug 2015 13:36)
ibn Khaldûn, 'Abd-ar-Rahmân Abû Zayd ibn Muhammad ibn Muhammad, 1332--1406 (13 Aug 2015 13:23)
Socialism, Market Socialism (11 Aug 2015 21:44)
Signal Transduction, Control of Metabolism, and Gene Regulation (11 Aug 2015 13:41)
Thought and Society (11 Aug 2015 13:36)
Nonequilibrium Statistcal Mechanics and Thermodynamics (11 Aug 2015 13:33)
Interacting Particle Systems (08 Aug 2015 03:31)
Sufficient Statistics (03 Aug 2015 16:04)
Historical Materialism (03 Aug 2015 15:59)
Relational Learning (03 Aug 2015 15:43)
Graphical Causal Models (03 Aug 2015 15:43)
Exponential Families of Probability Measures (03 Aug 2015 15:24)
Graphical Models (03 Aug 2015 15:23)
Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium Models in Macroeconomics (DSGEs) (03 Aug 2015 15:05)
Stochastic Differential Equations (29 Jul 2015 23:51)
Random Time Changes for Stochastic Processes (29 Jul 2015 23:51)
The Schelling Model (23 Jul 2015 11:28)
Graph Theory (14 Jul 2015 01:34)
Graph Sampling Algorithms (14 Jul 2015 01:15)
Gene Expression Data Analysis (08 Jul 2015 19:36)
State-Space Reconstruction (08 Jul 2015 14:51)
Universal Prediction Algorithms (08 Jul 2015 14:17)
Text Mining (and Information Retrieval) (30 Jun 2015 23:18)
Neural Modeling and Data Analysis (30 Jun 2015 23:11)
Sociology (24 Jun 2015 14:24)
Ensemble Methods in Machine Learning (19 Jun 2015 13:37)
The Enlightenment (19 Jun 2015 13:35)
Self-Organization (19 Jun 2015 13:35)
Institutions and Organizations (19 Jun 2015 13:26)
Partial Identification of Parametric Statistical Models (19 Jun 2015 13:12)
Embedding Networks in Hyperbolic Spaces (10 Jun 2015 11:14)
Inferring Networks from Non-Network Data (05 Jun 2015 11:03)
Emergent Properties (26 May 2015 20:58)
Finance, Banking, "the Markets" (15 May 2015 06:55)
Tsallis Statistics, Statistical Mechanics for Non-extensive Systems and Long-Range Interactions (14 May 2015 20:50)
"Math Methods" (06 May 2015 13:04)
The Minimum Description Length Principle (MDL) (05 May 2015 15:36)
Rhetoric (19 Apr 2015 14:22)
Mixture Models (in Statistics) (19 Apr 2015 14:11)
The Thomson Ability-Sampling Model (16 Apr 2015 17:44)
Manifold Learning (16 Apr 2015 15:36)
Social Neuroscience (30 Mar 2015 20:33)
The Left (29 Mar 2015 22:42)
Recurrence Times of Stochastic Processes (also Hitting, Waiting, and First-Passage Times) (29 Mar 2015 22:00)
Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, 1466--1536 (01 Mar 2015 23:49)
Filtering, State Estimation, and Other Forms of Signal Processing (01 Mar 2015 22:10)
Empirical Process Theory (01 Mar 2015 18:53)
Power Law Distributions, 1/f Noise, Long-Memory Time Series (21 Dec 2014 12:44)
Statistics on Manifolds (09 Dec 2014 00:22)
Branching Processes (04 Dec 2014 18:23)
VC Dimension and Evolving Cellular Automata (13 Nov 2014 14:05)
Influence of Network Topology on Synchronization (09 Nov 2014 19:10)
State Formation and Development (31 Oct 2014 12:13)
Memes, and Related Ideas about the Evolution of Culture (28 Oct 2014 19:13)
Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena (28 Oct 2014 19:07)
Norbert Wiener (1894--1964) (23 Oct 2014 23:14)
Clustering (22 Oct 2014 19:37)
Density Estimation (19 Oct 2014 12:00)
Quantum Mechanics (15 Oct 2014 12:50)
Synchronization and Functional Connectivity in Neural Systems (28 Sep 2014 21:59)
Clinical and Actuarial Judgment Compared (25 Sep 2014 10:34)
Spatial Statistics (02 Sep 2014 09:39)
Sequential Decision-Making Under Stochastic Uncertainty (29 Aug 2014 22:13)
Random Fields (29 Aug 2014 22:09)
Evolutionary Economics (14 Aug 2014 11:06)
Evolution of Complexity (14 Aug 2014 11:05)
Slime Molds, especially Dictyostelium (15 Jul 2014 10:54)
Foundations and History of Statistical Mechanics (06 Jul 2014 13:21)
Neural Control of Action, Especially of Rapid Motor Sequences (23 Jun 2014 09:36)
Cities, Urban Form (13 Jun 2014 10:53)
Reductionism (13 Jun 2014 10:28)
Characterizing Mixtures of Processes by Summarizing Statistics (01 Apr 2014 10:45)
Hayek, F. A. von (15 Mar 2014 13:12)
Positivism (15 Mar 2014 13:02)
Pragmatism (11 Mar 2014 14:35)
Information Geometry (24 Feb 2014 09:45)
Independence Tests, Conditional Independence Tests, Measures of Dependence and Conditional Dependence (14 Feb 2014 08:30)
Psychotherapy (05 Jan 2014 12:44)
Classifiers and Clustering for Time Series (25 Dec 2013 19:34)
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)
Law and Jurisprudence (12 Dec 2013 13:36)
Interpretation (08 Dec 2013 15:21)
Mechanistic Explanations (08 Nov 2013 15:24)
Ergodic Theory of Markov and Related Processes (12 Oct 2013 17:35)
Scientific Thinking (11 Oct 2013 18:20)
Corporations, Corporate Governance, Corporate Finance (01 Sep 2013 10:28)
Technology and Society (20 Jul 2013 22:18)
Complexity (30 Jun 2013 16:48)
Jack Vance (30 Jun 2013 14:16)
Imagination (04 Jun 2013 12:49)
The University-Industrial Complex (11 May 2013 15:52)
Gödel's Theorem (25 Apr 2013 16:16)
Exchangeable Random Sequences (17 Apr 2013 11:15)
Statistics with Structured Data (21 Feb 2013 18:15)
Cellular Automata (29 Dec 2012 15:10)
Change-Point Problems (30 Sep 2012 11:31)
Turbulence, and Fluid Mechanics in General (06 Sep 2012 00:03)
Grammatical Inference (03 Sep 2012 12:24)
Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844--1900 (21 Aug 2012 09:55)
Symbolic Dynamics (27 Apr 2012 11:51)
Postmodernism, Poststructuralism, etc. (18 Apr 2012 12:47)
The Dying Earth (26 Mar 2012 11:34)
Yet Another Information Matrix (15 Mar 2012 08:34)
Astrophysics and Cosmology (08 Jan 2012 18:38)
Random Boolean Networks, Nk Networks (01 Sep 2011 13:38)
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)
Flocking and Models of Animal Swarms (14 Aug 2011 12:19)
Biochemical Network Evolution (14 Aug 2011 11:55)
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)
New Mexico (28 Dec 2010 23:08)
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)
Knowledge and Intelligence as Factors of Production (03 Dec 2010 07:58)
Synchronization (28 Nov 2010 14:01)
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)
Density Estimation on Graphical Models (16 Aug 2010 11:26)
Herbert Simon, 1916--2001 (08 Aug 2010 18:12)
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)
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)
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)
Predation of Humans by Other Animals (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Poetry, Poets (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
The Phylogenetic Comparative Method and Evolving Cellular Automata (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)
Goddess, The (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Information in Games and Decision-Making (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Guerilla Warfare, Counter-Insurgency, etc. (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Human Ecology (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Evolutionary Design (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Emotion (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Joan Didion (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Diversity (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Karel Čapek, 1890--1938 (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Jorge Luis Borges (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Campaign Finance in US Politics (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Bertrand Russell (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Islamic Spain, al-Andalus (10 Apr 2009 17:40)
Basis Selection in Function Decomposition (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)
Social Engineering (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Yi the Archer (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Scientific instruments (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Philosophical Taoism (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Theocracy in Tibet (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Southeast Asia (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Soviets, councils, etc. (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Singapore (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Zen or Ch'an (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
The Wild Hunt (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Yi-Fu Tuan (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Vergil: medieval legends (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
William Carlos Williams (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
``Swarm'' theories (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Spies, Secrecy, Intelligence (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Sufism (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Whole Earth Catalog (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Vampires (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Alfred North Whitehead (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Science (03 Oct 1994 12:03)
Physics (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Mass media (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Religion (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Mu'tazila and Mu'tazilites (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Philosophy of Mind (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Lumpenproletariat, the underclass (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Joseph Needham (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Regulation (of Markets, etc.) (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Sardinia (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Marshall McLuhan (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Ichiro Ozawa (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Madison, Wisconsin (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
The Ottoman Empire (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Mysticism (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Personal Violence (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Edna St. Vincent Millay (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Physiological effects of TV (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Charles Sanders (Santiago) Peirce, 1839--1914 (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Magic (supernatural) (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Religious conversion (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
``Naturalist'' philosophy in ancient China (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Potentially Runaway Technologies (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
``The New Physics'' (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Schizophrenia (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Migraine headaches (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Proto-industrialism (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Molecular Biology (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Julian Offray de la Mettrie (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Race and Racism (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Mass Culture, Popular Culture (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Pseudo-events (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Mass hysteria and mass panic (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
San Francisco and the Bay Area (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
New Age music, electronic music (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
The Middle East (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Phoenicians (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Ancient Rome and the Roman Empire (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Post-industrialism (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Particle physics (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Neutral monism (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Republics (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Jeremy Rifkin (03 Oct 1994 12:02)
Frivolous elites (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Import of Eastern religions to Europe (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Genocide: history (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Shirley Jackson (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Intellectual frauds, II: The rabble (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Galileo (Galileo Galilei, 1564--1642) (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Literature (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
History of Technology (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Islam (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Sir James Frazer (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
``Intellectual immune systems'' or ``intellectual self-defense'' (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Goliards, medieval wandering scholars (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, etc. (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Intelligence augmentation (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Intellectual frauds, I: Famous and profound (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
``Future shock'' (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Russell Jacoby (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Hildegard of Bingen (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Initiation rites (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Etruscans (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
The End of the World, I: Jehovah (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Robert Graves (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Japan (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Exile, Exiles (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
David Hume (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Epicureanism (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Human simulacra (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
G. C. Lichtenberg (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
The Finns (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Gardens (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Anatole France (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Hypertext (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Epics and Oral Poetry (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Input-Output Models (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Liquid Crystals (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
The End of the World, II: Oppenheimer (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Intellectual standards and competence (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Ionia (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Epidemiology, Especially Epidemic Models (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
History, Historiography, Uses of the Past (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
The End of the World, III: Nemesis (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Lost Tribes of Israel (03 Oct 1994 12:01)
Books and Their History (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Authors (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
The Berbers (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Ancient trade (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Drugs (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Computers (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Norman Cohn (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Armageddon (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Berkeley, California (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Confucius and Confucianism (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Ancient metallurgy (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Abyssal Vents (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Archaeology (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
The Counter-culture (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Alexander the Great (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Clockwork (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Hannah Arendt (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Censorship (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Automata (Mechanical) (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Eastern Europe, circa 1900 (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Electronic media, esp. portable ones, and demand for, expectation of continuous entertainment (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Astrology (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
``Directed evolution'' in biochemistry (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Cults, Enthusiasts (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
California (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Charles Babbage (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Biotechnology (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Richard Dawkins (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Ancient China (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Bohemia (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Adorno (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Atomism (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
The East Asian Economic Miracle (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Biological computers (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Denis Diderot (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Analytical Philosophy (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Cultural minorities (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
William Calvin (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Complex Systems (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Bosnia, and the Former Yugoslavia Generally (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Thomas Browne, 1605--1682 (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Biological Design (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
The École des Beaux-arts (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
``The biological expansion of Europe'' (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Umberto Eco (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Artistic Modernism (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
Classical era, world-wide (03 Oct 1994 12:00)
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