Truth and Beauty

One cannot commmunicate without trust.
One cannot govern without chaos.
One cannot war without death.
Any human communication,
even lies,
reveals something about the speaker,
perhaps point of view,
but something.
What if the data in the book
"Bell Curve" is right?
What if the intelligence of our population
really is increasing with each generation?
What if, even at their low efficiencey,
the schools work?
What if there aren't any other life forms
out there?
What if we are it?
What do you think our job is?
Machines can seek and create beauty
if beauty is defined as
order and consistency!
Machines can seek and create truth
if truth is defined as
order and consistency!
Governments are chosen because they promise
not to change anything.
When all of the things,
which they promised not to change,
don't work,
what can we do?
Is the question
or the answer
most important?
What is Truth?
What is Beauty?
Michael Dell had a secret weapon.
He talked to customers
and listened to what they said.
They spoke the truth
and he cared enough to listen.
Now he's moving to a fortress on a hill.
One can only seek so much Truth.
Have you read Peter Drucker?
Have you read "Managing for Results"?
Seek Opportunities
not Problems.
Supervisory Management 101
Responsibility and Accountability
If resources are provided
with no responsibility or accountability.
What is the likelyhood of success?
What is the highest priority responsibility
for any parent, of any species,
while raising offspring to adulthood?
If the resources are provided
to accomplish this goal
without any accountability
what is the likely result?
Any accountability for any other
result is lost.
What is the mission of the University
Condense the most important knowledge
which we possess into a four year
cram course for the next generation.
What is the most effective
teaching method?
A dialog between the student
and a teacher who cares.
Data is bits and bytes.
Extra bits and bytes are added
to make sure that the information
coded in the data message
arrives at the destination
intact, ie. unchanged
from the information
that was transmitted.
Claude Shannon quantified the measure
of information which could be
transmitted through a communication
channel. His basic measure of information
he defined to be a Bit.
Binary Information Transmitted.
He was dealing with the problem of
error rate in the channel.
That is, in any given channel,
the faster you send data,
the more errors you get.
He was dealing with the telegraphy problem
which had been pestering the industry
since Samual Morse took some time off
from teaching Art and Painting
Information is data that makes sense.
to invent the telegraph.
Everyone knew that the more dots and dashes
one used to describe the characters
the less likelyhood there was that
the operator receiving message
would get the wrong character.
But more dots and dashes took more time,
and as they said in the industry
at the time, time is money.
So, one hundred and nine years later,
Shannon proved that
the maximum amount of information
which could be transmitted
through a channel, in a given time
is inversely proportional to
the sum of the logarithms of
probabilities of the characters
is a message.
He effectively said that there is less information
contained in an "e" than there is in a "z".
He showed that Morse's code wasn't optimal.
He also showed that Morse,
intuitively understood
the problem.
Shannon was addressing the problem
at the time when most telegraph customers
had abandoned the telegraph
for the teletype
and they were complaining
that they both
upper and lower case characters,
and special puncuation characters,
and math symbols,
and some invisible characters
to control the machine.
And who knows maybe someday
fonts, and points, and .....
Shannon said wait,
lets look at the simplist case.
Two characters,
equal probability.
The information contained
in this message, he defined
to be a Bit.
The ASCII character set
was defined for an 8 bit set,
called a Byte.
And most everyone quit worrying
about the exact information content
because the real information,
the human information,
is in the words anyway.
No body has solved the human information problem.
How much information is contained in a word.
It all depends.
What language?
Who is the receipient?
What conditions apply?
Who is the source?
Can they be believed?
Can they be trusted?
shared experience,
common culture,
similar education,
level of expertise,
underlying beliefs,
religious convictions,
life history,
perceptual limitations,
personal biases,
Human information is
Human communication
Words are pointers to
Human sensory experience
and the heirarchy of concepts
which develop as an aggregation
of that experience.
The basis of all human communication
is shared, or common perception.
The fundamental basis of meaning
is feeling, touching, tasting,
seeing, smelling, hearing.
It is difficult for two beings
who share the same experiences,
same history,
same environment,
to communicate accurately.
Human communications doesn't
seem to be one way.
The transmitter/receiver model
doesn't seem to be adequit.
Truth is in the eye
(ear, tounge, nose, fingers)
of the beholder.
Beauty is in the eye
(ear, tounge, nose, fingers)
of the beholder.
Who killed Chrisopher Robin?
The detective problem.
Causation of an event in the past.
How much will it rain tomorrow?
The prediction (prophet) problem.
How much will we sell next month?
The prediction (profit) problem.
An event in the future
is not disconnected from the present.
Drucker calls it
the part of the future
which has already happened.
Comets are suprises.
rapid change,
seperated by periods
of appearent stasis.
is the rate of change
of acceleration.
Words are language.
Language is communication.
Information is facts.
Knowledge is anticipation via facts.
Wisdom is anticipation via knowledge.
Wisdom is knowing
where the knowledge stops.
Wisdom is knowing
what you don't know.
Shannon considered a closed
character set.
Language is an open system.
New experience produces
a need to capsulize reference
to the experience
into a pointer,
ie. a word.
Words are arbitrary
but consensually
agreed upon
by members of the
shared experience.
As similar experiences
collect, the group begins to
aggregate and descriminate.
Concepts are established.
This is connected to that.
This is like that.
This is different from that.
This and that are the same but different.
This snow is like ice
but both are water
and are different from
fog and steam
but also alike.
Words carry meaning.
I carry wood.
Wood carries bugs.
We have words for bugs.
Beetles are bugs,
but beetles are not ants.
Ants are bugs.
Logic is external to the human mind.
It is a discipline developed
through discourse, discussion,
agreement, disagreement.
Let us agree on these things:
Ants have bodies with three segments.
Beetles have bodies with two segments.
Clams have shells.
There are two cows in your field.
One is mine.
One is dead.
That one is yours.
It is only logical
That you should accept
My reasoning.
My cow could not
possibly be dead.
Therefor yours is.
Heads, I win.
Tails, You loose.
Simple logic.
The written word is different
from the spoken word.
The written word was developed
to extend human life.
You don't have to kill me
when my cow dies in your pasture
if we have branded the cows.
I will take all of our cows to Bagdad
to sell. We will take the money
and divide it amoung us
at the same amount per cow.
Each of you will put a token
in your clay jar for each cow.
We will seal the jars
so they can't be changed.
When I return from Bagdad we
will divide the money based on
the tokens in the jars.
No more killing over cows, OK?
Wouldn't it be better if
we marked on the jar
how many cow chips are inside
so we don't have to break the
jar to find out?
This is the mark of the ox.
For all languages, this mark is an ox.
Sounds like ...?
I have a house.
It has two rooms.
One for me.
One for my ox.
The floor plan looks like this.
This is known as a beth .
Ox and Beth
Alpha and Beta
How do I know that you speak the truth.
Because we both believe these things
And we use logic.
And Reason.
Yes, thats the reason we use logic.
Now, do what I say.
What about truth.
It doesn't matter, do what I say.
I speak the truth.
And Beauty?
Forget it, pay your taxes.
What taxes?
On your cows.
Here, I wrote down how much you owe.
Great idea, we'll raise your taxes
and seek Enlightenment for you.
And Salvation?
Sure, no problem.
I want to give Enlightenment and Salvation
to my sons and daughters.
No problemo.
Just sign here and we'll take
half of your cows when you die.
Your sons and daughters
will be greatly enriched
by your Enlightenment and Salvation.
Wonderful thing, this writing.
Why didn't I think of that.
Well you couldn't possibly have
because you are only you
and we, after all, are us.
That is why you work
and we don't.
This is called Governance
and it is wonderful.
Did you invent it?
Of course not,
God told us about it.
And we used our new writing
to write it down on this stone,
just in case your kids
aren't satisfied with
Enlightenment and Salvation.
What about my reward?
You'll get it.
After what?
After here.
Here isn't so great.
since you took half my cows.
Yes, but after here is!
What is after here?
Let's just call it
The Great Hereafter.
When is that?
Don't worry,
It's after you are gone.
Where do I go?
To the Great Hereafter.
Will there be Truth an Beauty ?
No problem.

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