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Pathological thought can be helpful, especially the Asperger’s variety. Ludwig Wittgenstein became the arguably greatest philosopher, overseeing the postmodern. The mathematician Paul Erdös is another good example.


In time for Autistic Pride Day 18 June:

    Why do people congratulate somebody? Asperger’s sufferers often do not understand this. I asked myself:

  I’ve won the lottery, so why additionally congratulate me? If congratulation is something positive, why give it to someone who has just been lucky already?

Space seems like an empty box that lives through time. This can already be classified as a “better model”, as you can see in the table below. However, this tacitly held model makes people wonder: If I toss a coin and find myself with the result being “tails”, where is the other me, the one who found “heads”, the other possibility which physics can no longer ignore, and which good philosophy has always known to be equivalent?

Has a universe popped up next door to this one?

I may have once appeared as if endorsing Eckhart Tolle, by pointing out perhaps negligible similarities between Tolle and Muho. Muho wrote to me once that he does not know why his own meditative practice worked for him. Such awareness about uncertainty and such honesty about it are consistent with Zen, in my eyes. Tolle basically claims his way as the only true way for everybody.


I receive much crackpot email. There is a very common misunderstanding often central, one I have not seen a good answer to anywhere. This is partially due to that few who write about physics counter crackpot theories well. Allow me to explain this point with a new personal story before explaining why energy seems quantized, why photons seem to be little packets of energy rather than a concept that describes quantum interactions more or less well.

A rare opportunity, likely unique in its clarity of how different interests clash, a look behind the curtains of ‘scientific peer review’ corrupting science; moreover, revealing sniffs of the swamp that is the established community researching memristors, but the implications are general and can be only more severe with issues where more money than Hewlett Packard’s is involved or powerful political interests such as with global warming.