Saturday, December 16, 2017

First Round Of University Application Replies


Song:  I'm A Man

Group:  Chicago


Alex had applied to a total of 23 top Math Universities in the US.


Last week...
Alex had received three university application replies...
and this morning, Alex received two notices from 
universities which are in the top 20 in the world for math.



I had waited for Alex to get up this morning as he was expecting to have an answer
from one university today.

Alex logged into his computer to read his email.




Alex was surprised...
as there were two universities which had replied.

He was only expecting one this morning.


Alex then logged into the first one to see the results.

Anticipation was on high!


Alex read it and found out he was accepted to the first one.



Alex was basking in the moment...
then it was on to the second university log in.


Alex then logged into the second university...


and he was also accepted to this one!

Both of these universities are in the top twenty in the world for math.

However, there are still another 18 universities Alex is waiting to hear from.

For the majority of them...
he will have to wait until the end of March to get an answer...
but, Alex would be perfectly happy if he went to one of these two which had
just accepted him.

And...
Alex's declared Major is in the hardest one...
and he was accepted in this category for both...
Science and Engineering (Math is included in this Major).


As you can see by Alex's hair...
he had just awakened...
but these two acceptance letters fully opened his eyes!  :)



Alex is feeling good.

Everything is right in the world of Alex  :)


No matter what happens in the next few months...
Alex may now continue towards his journey to becoming a university math professor.

Even were he to get rejection letters from the rest...
he would be perfectly happy with choosing one of the two which had just accepted him.



The tally so far:

1 Rejection letter

1 Deferment letter 
(going to the next round of picks...answer by end of March)

3 Acceptance letters

With one of the universities...
he had been sent a Golden Ticket.

They had been actively recruiting him...
and it is also a famous math and engineering university.


Again...
there are another 18 universities we are waiting to hear from...
and it may be until the end of March before we get their answers...
but, at least we know that Alex has some top universities to pick from already.


I had suggested we go out to eat to celebrate tonight.


However...
Alex wants to wait until Monday evening...
as he is taking his UNR final for his Linear Algebra II class then...
and he doesn't want to go anywhere until he takes his final.
He just wants to stay home and study for it.

Alex is also registered for the Spring Semester at UNR.

He will be taking Functional Analysis
(the next higher class after Linear Algebra II).










Thursday, December 14, 2017

VII - A Talk With Alex About Life



Song:  Lazy Calm

Artist:  Cocteau Twins



This article covers group encounters...
and the three basic types of individuals.

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Last night...
on the way home from picking up Alex at Mountain College...
we again talked about a subject.

This time...
as Alex is going to attend a university full time next year...
he will be mixing in with groups of people on a long term basis...
I talked to him about how to mix in with others...in general.


First of all...
Alex and I are introverts.

As I am one...
I understand Alex.


For most of my life, even at present...
I craved for, and had sought out, solitude.

The larger the groups of people...
the more I dislike the situation.

Although I like to be around good people...
like most introverts...
there is a set amount of daily time where we must have solitude
to recharge and be in our own world.

Notice I had put into bold print...good people?

More on this in a bit.



Alex is actually more social than am I.

However...
he doesn't have my experience with people.

I had told him as a general rule when first being introduced
into an environment with groups of new people...
it is best to first observe them...
and to allow them to observe you.

It is also best to observe without being obvious about it.

Of course...
when doing this...
it is the same as in science experiments where there is a two way feedback system...
the observer could change the data...
and so, he must not be obvious.


I think that people introduce themselves too quickly
(other than in structured professional or social settings).

It is to presume that the person being addressed
wants to know and is expected to automatically accept the person introducing himself...
and so, there is a certain underlying arrogance to it.

Both parties should first observe, and allow themselves to be observed, from afar.

When...
and only when...
the eyes of each meet...
acknowledging that each had observed the other...
and when they keep eye contact as they signal through
body language or facial expression...
this is the time where an introduction could take place.

Such a social system serves to allow for a more smooth transition
from one social orbit to another.

It allows those of like hearts and minds to find each other more readily.


Example:  Introverts are generally more comfortable with other introverts.

Introverts usually observe the general patterns of groups of people...
and of the tells of individuals.

They do this in the hopes of meeting people of like minds.

They, in general, hate being around loud people
(verbally, in action...even in attire).

By observing a new person...
of how he quietly observes...
tells of his like mind.

As the new person to the group quietly observes...
he will see certain people attempting to observe him...
not just initially, but over a protracted period of time.

Every time the new person scans...
he will notice certain people attempting to observe him each time...
without being obvious through staring.

This allows him to know that it was not just initial curiosity...
but one of a quiet study of him.

So...
in a sea of faces...
he knows he had found a person of like mind.


If a person of the group locks his eyes on to the new person...
and when the new person momentarily notices it
and then looks away for a few seconds...
and then looks back...
and the person is still looking at him...
he knows that the group person is a poser.

Especially if he or she has adopted a ludicrous "power position"...
the exaggerated physical attempt to display an air of authority.

They will often follow up with a show of disrespect to the new person...
in front of the others.

This particular person is not only arrogant...
but lacks intelligence.

Just by initially being purposely rude...
it tells you that he or she is attempting to intimidate
what he or she incorrectly perceives as a weak person...
and so, has no concept of long term consequences.

This speaks beyond emotional and intellectual immaturity...
it speaks of the evil and predatory nature of the person.



An Alpha Male does not need to posture...
in fact...
a true Alpha Male has a quiet confidence about him.

A true Alpha Male is intelligent...
and as such...
whether he is an extrovert or introvert...
he is also an observer.



What many people do not understand about initial meetings
of new individuals to a group...
is that it is an interview...
which goes BOTH ways.

The group members which look upon it
as a trial to which they will subject the new member...
 soon unmask themselves.

They automatically view the new person as a beggar...
one who has no options.

To the new person of the group...
if they don't see what they like...
they are free to observe until they see what they like there...
or later in life.

To the new person...
the meeting is not just to find those of like minds...
the meeting acts as a sieve.

He is straining out the posers...
the vain...the arrogant...the willfully stupid.

It is the unmasking of these
which will prevent him from entering into a potentially disastrous relationship...
by forever remembering them,
and forever keeping them in far orbit.


It is always the actions, inactions, and reactions of a person...
when they don't think they are being observed...
which tells of the true nature of them...
especially their actions to those of whom they deem is at a disadvantage somehow.

The true nature of the person never changes...
it merely waits for the appropriate situation to express itself.

This goes into the three basic types of people.


There are three basic types of individuals...
and they have nothing to do with race, gender...
or any of the categories put forth by the manipulators of society...
and as followed by their zombie minions.


The three:


Reliably GOOD 
(Ants)


 OPPORTUNISTS 
(Chameleons)


Reliably EVIL
(Spiders / Ticks)



In general
(not to consider the anomalies)...
while Nature influences human behavior...
it does so in strengths of basic drives.

The direction and expression of these drives is mostly Nurture.

That is why the quantity of quality nurturing...
 from as early as possible...
is crucial to the child's development...
and to which category he will eventually end up.


Of course...
as with anything involving humans...
this is a continuum on a wide spectrum...
as played out on a bell curve of human behavior.


As such...
this places the opportunists square in the middle...
and so, they are the most numerous.

However...
as they approach the good end of the bell curve...
more and more of their behavior is good...
and the threshold for reversion to opportunistic behavior is higher...
and the opposite is true for the other end of the bell curve.

Even at the ends of the curve...
there are always times where they may be the opposite...
but these instances are rare...
and the situations must be more extreme for the opposite to manifest itself.


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THE RELIABLY GOOD
(ANTS)


Ants are guided, focused...
and have structure in life.

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With humans...
the reliably good are guided by morals...
are focused on their goals...
eschew anything which would derail their achieving their goals...
and so, faithfully follow their structured plans for life.

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Ants work well together...
and strive to improve their society.

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The reliably good know that more may be achieved
working with others, and that to have an ordered society
which rewards effort and positive results, is desirable.

Each takes pride in pulling his load...
and they live life looking forwards to the future...
for they have planted the seeds which will bear fruit.

Knowing this...
they are generally happy...
as they are on the correct path in life...
one which has ever bearing fruit as a result of their practiced deferred gratification.

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Ants are relentless in their drive to accomplish their goals...
and their nest comes first.

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The reliably good are also driven.

They have their lives planned out...
and actively seek to fulfill their plans.

This is what makes the reliably good...
in general...good natured.

They have replaced doubt about their future...
with a mission towards goal accomplishment.

Each step forward gets them closer to their goals...
and so, they become even happier.

They have a love for their family as their first priority.

The reliably good are typified by their long term prioritized thinking...
and of their giving nature.


However...
the single greatest attribute which separates the good from the other two categories...
is that of selflessness.

The good places his family...
especially his children...
first.

He then places the welfare of his group next.

He reliably lives by his morals...
whether or not it is advantageous at the time to do so...
and he will even remain moral in the face of adversity.

He readily sacrifices himself to these ends.

And...
this is how to best identify the good...
from the rest.

Of course...
anyone may be fooled in the short term.

However...
by looking at accumulated actions...
and by noticing contradictions of speech...
the opportunists and evil groups eventually unmask themselves.

Their selfishness manifests itself in their egocentric behavior and speech.



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OPPORTUNISTS
(Chameleons)


A Chameleon relies upon a constantly changing camouflage
to blend in with his surroundings to mask his true nature...
so he may feed more easily...and to keep himself as safe as possible.

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Just as does a chameleon...
opportunists change their outer image to match their surroundings.

As they don't have a structured moral system by which they live life
(although many will pretend to live by a moral standard as part of their camouflage)...
their main concern is profiting from which ever way the wind blows.

They will take the side of issues or trends which will personally benefit them at the time.

They take no firm stances on anything...
until it is known to a reasonable degree of certainty which side
will be the most popular or safest one to choose.

Their main concern is personally profiting from any given situation...
while limiting personal risks.

If they may personally profit from it...
whether it be in social standing...
or in something more tangible...
the key factors which drive their behavior
is the most profit with the least amount of personal risk.

These are the fence sitters of life.

This doesn't make them particularly evil...
just very selfish.

And as such...
they are reliably...
unreliable.


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THE RELIABLY EVIL
(SPIDERS / TICKS)


Spiders spend much time and energy in building and maintaining their webs
(most are web spinners...although, some are active hunters).

This is the means by which they feed.

The web spinners set a trap in known areas of travel with a web which is not easily detected...
and so, by design...deceit is used to lure in their victims...
as they lie in wait...
ever ready to pounce...
and feed.

The active hunters aggressively hunt their victims...
and look to overcome them through stealth until they may approach
closely enough to use surprise and violence of action
to overcome their quarry.

These are predators.

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Ticks spend much of their time in known paths of travel...
attempting to seize a ride on its prey...
so they may suck upon their blood.

They keep the blood flowing by injecting anti-coagulants.

These are parasites.


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The spider equivalent in the human world are also the predators.

Just as in the arachnid world...
there are also two basic types of predators in humans...
the web spinners (con-men)...
and the active hunters (aggressive predators).


The means by which they secure their victims is the same as their arachnid counterpart...
for each type of predator.


The human web spinners weave a web of deceit
to ensnare their victims.

Just as the webs of spiders are not easily seen...
the webs of deceit woven by the con-men are also not easily detected.


The main method of operation of the con-man is to befriend and to eventually betray...
to extract information which can be used against the victim in the future.

They often operate using social sabotage through the spreading of rumors
in order to foment malcontent among possible allies to the victim
in order to isolate him...
so he may more easily be destroyed.

They are mainly driven by envy.

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The human active hunters don't rely so much upon deceit...
as upon direct brute force.

They actively and openly show disrespect to the victim
in as public a manner as possible.

These people often attempt to seize political clout in groups
in order to oppress others...
as their need for a public display of dominance is their main driving force.

Their open disrespect is an attempt to intimidate the victim into inaction and silence...
and to attempt to establish dominance over him...
and as a sign to all.

Another often used method is attempting to belittle in public through the usage
of "gotcha" questions.

This involves knowing the answer to a thoroughly researched question
which the active hunter believes the victim doesn't know the answer to...
in the hopes of catching him off guard...
and then acting openly dismissive of him.

This is an attempt to prove two things simultaneously:

1)  That by being dismissive in a manner which would suggest a parent to child relationship...
he is dominant.

2)  That the victim in his inability to answer that particular question...
that he is somehow...of lesser worth to the group.

The active hunter is also prepared to tear apart any imperfect answer...
should the victim reply.

Through body posturing and through the structure and delivery of the question...
they attempt to establish that the question had just occurred to them
instead of having thoroughly prepared themselves for the showdown...
and so, through implication...
that they are intellectually dominant.

Their main method of choice, other than open disrespect, is through open manipulation
of situations in order to force the victim into accepting an unjust compromise
by creating a socially untenable position for the victim.

The active hunter's goal is to destroy the victim's potential as a rival.

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In both of these types of predators...
their goal is to destroy the victim
by trapping him and sucking him dry of all his dignity
in order to dehumanize him in the eyes of others...
and so, destroying his ability to function as part of a group for then...
and for all time.


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The Tick human equivalent is the person who attempts
to feast upon the labors of others with as little effort as possible on their own part.

They attempt to ingratiate themselves to others...
and then attempt to hook them through societal obligation...
all the while, injecting them with the anti-coagulant of flattery.

For them...
they look upon their victims as stupid...
as they are easily manipulated though cheap social stroking.

For the price of a few words...
they attempt to utilize the resources of their victims...
and save their own.

For them...
they go from "friend" to "friend"...
 using them until their request for "favors" come to an end.

They are always on the hunt for a free ride...
and they look upon themselves as intelligent for doing so.

They rely upon the goodness of some people to give...
and they take as much as possible...
and give very little in return
other than a few calculated words.

Or when seeing that their victim is pulling away
after years of being sucked dry...
they will then publicly throw a one night display
of "friendship" by investing in a party for the victim...
hoping for years more of parasitism.

However...
the most commonly used tactic is by expressing a profound...
but meaningless, love for the person
(best friend...closest confidant...etc).

The tick often believes that by making his victim feel good through mere words...
he has performed a service...
and is therefore owed something by his victim.

As ludicrous as this sounds...
this is their main justification for being a tick.

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The main characteristic of the predators and the parasites...
is one of extreme ego-centricity.

They look upon themselves as master manipulators.

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A manipulator has a go to response to the initially unresponsive...
 to attempt to place the burden of proof upon the potential victim.

It is always a form of having you justify to them
as to why you don't automatically like them.

This is, of course, backwards.

The person initiating contact must justify why he should be liked...
and it should always be a tentative proposal for both...
until actions over time provide the reason for each...
and as equally applied.

Always beware of manipulators.

They are always bad news.

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As one cannot tell right away...
the true depth of evil...
unless it is a blatant display...
the best defense against the opportunists, the predators, and the parasites...
is to simply look for the individuals of the good category.

To value something is to not give it away to just anyone.

The intelligent method of establishing a relationship...of all sorts...
is to have a courtship period.

Never allow yourself to be initially beholden to someone.

By staying independent...
you may see from afar...
and so, may more clearly judge others by their
actions, inactions, and reactions...
over time.

Other people of like minds not only automatically understand and appreciate it...
they like to see this...
as in such a person...
they know they had found a kindred spirit.

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All people have the absolute right of freedom of association.

You need no justification, what so ever...
as to why you refuse to accept anyone to your circle of friends.

This is also true of others.

True alliances of all sorts...
be it friendship or love...
can never be forced or begged for...
but can only be because both want it to be so.

Anything else is not only a profound waste of time...
it limits the ability to find a true relationship in the future.


















Wednesday, December 6, 2017

VI - A Talk With Alex About Life


Song:  I've Been Searching So Long

Group:  Chicago



This article is a further breakdown of the previous article.


First of all...
what is Logic?

It is a method of thinking which most closely resembles reality...
through the establishment of cause and effect 
as reasoned through the consideration of all affecting variables...
either Inductively or Deductively.


Of what importance is it?


Because...
as correct thoughts lead to correct actions...
and correct actions lead to correct results...
and correct results lead to great prosperity...
it is the correct path to walk.


It is through this process that fundamental laws and concepts
were discovered and applied.

Through its application...
people, and whole societies, went from merely surviving...
to that of thriving.

As it accurately reflects reality...
it explains processes...
 allows reliable and accurate prediction of results...
as well as allowing for the duplication of said processes to a wide scale...
thereby effecting positive results to all of humanity.


Without Logic...
a person must rely upon what he is told to think...
instead of learning HOW to think for himself.

It is the difference between that of a critically reasoning person...
and that of a Zombie.

Without critical reasoning...
an individual is enslaved to any false prophet...
any manipulative predator or parasite...
and any cult which exploits and abuses its members.

As a society...
a land of brain dead zombies is ripe for tyranny...
whether it be manifested through the Rule of Man instead of the Rule of Law... 
an oppressive Theocracy...
an upside down society of a Marxist bent...
or the Anarchy of Mob Rule.


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Now...
I have already talked about the importance of simplicity in thought.


The important question is...How?

How is this achieved?



Our thoughts are arranged by, and in...
categories and subcategories.

It is automatically done in this matter as it is the most logical format
for association and retrieval.

As each subcategory is made...
it is once removed from its root thought...or category.

And...
with each one...
the number of connections to each association... 
and to the next group of subcategories...
grows exponentially...
and so, without making logical connections...
the number of possible permutations would soon overwhelm the thought process.


This explanation was just to give you the idea of the structure of thoughts...
so the direction of thought flow may be established.

So...
any thought leading towards the root thought or Concept...
is Simplification.

The importance of simplification is efficiency of thought...and of systems...
and it purifies the initial premise.

But... most importantly...
it is through simplification that basic concepts and fundamental laws are discovered.



Any thought leading towards further subcategories...
is how Logical Extrapolation works.


All Logical Extrapolation is...
is the logical progression of thought chronologically...
from root thought towards further subcategories
through logical direct association...
and which the subcategories are determined by the modifying variables...
and which determines the eventual destination...
and so, gives the most plausible result.


HUH?


Now...
did I just make the above complicated?

No...
each word was important to the explanation.

Then...
why did it sound so complicated?


Because words are not the most efficient manner of the conveyance of thought
because it is an abstract representation of reality...
which is actually a means of translation and transposition of a movie of the mind 
of the disseminator of information, to abstract symbols...
to once again being translated and transposed, into a movie of the mind of the recipient.



.....Shiroi.....did you just do it again?



Well...
no...and yes.


No...
again, the words used were necessary...
but yes...
I wanted to use the explanations to contrast my next point.



Speaking Metaphorically is efficient.


How so?


It uses the fewest words to conjure an image or movie in the recipients mind...
without actually projecting it visually.


Okay Shiroi...do it.


Okay...here goes...
from the abstract...to an image, in the fewest words...fully explaining the above:


TREE


It immediately makes sense to all with an elementary knowledge of trees.


If not...
imagine it is a time lapse GIF.

The flow of water (information) going from the root...
up the trunk...
and depending on the modifying variables...
it flows into a particular branch (logically)...
where it further bifurcates time and again...
to smaller and smaller branches...
to twigs...and finally to a particular leaf or needle.

This is directly analogous to the thought process...
and a way to illustrate a logical flow and categorization of information...
including the usage of Logical Extrapolation.


A separate example:


When first learning about electricity...
it is often taught through the simile of water through a pipe.

It has the same basic characteristics of electricity through wires...
size of pipes to flow (Resistance), flow pressure (Voltage)...
flow volume (Current or Amperage)...
and so...it becomes easier to visualize and understand.

A metaphor or simile crystallizes a portion of experience...
and applies it to another to give the understanding of one to the other.


So long as there is a direct correlation...
it also fits into the Micro Macro - Macro Micro thought process...
and this is why it is a shortcut.

All Micro Macro - Macro Micro is...
is simple pattern recognition.

It is a natural process.

Simply ask yourself what other systems...
either tangible or as part of a thought process...
matches the one at hand.


By doing so...
you may skip the inconclusive Inductive Reasoning process...
and may go directly to a Deductive Reasoning Syllogism...
thereby explaining and proving in one step.














Monday, December 4, 2017

V - A Talk With Alex About Life


Song:  Wicked Game

Artist:  Chris Issak


As was the crux of the last article...
in order to gather initial data..
you must first observe.


This article will cover how to process it.

The first thing a person should do to understand the data before him
 may be summed up in one word:

SIMPLICITY

It is the paring away of the unnecessary to arrive at the lowest common denominator...
and which forms the path of least resistance...or the most efficient path...
and then checking for commonalities with other similarly categorized groups or systems
using the concept of Micro Macro - Macro Micro.

Whether it is the behavior of electricity or of basic human behavior...
the understanding and controlling of it lies in simplicity.

This will always be the most desirable path to take
(Ockham's Razor).


This second concept is a way to general understanding and is an initial shortcut.

MICRO MACRO - MACRO MICRO 
(a general premise - not necessarily definitive)

That which is true for the small (or few), is true for the large (or numerous).

That which is true for the large, is true for the small.

It is a way to discover the fundamental forces or drives behind the physical world...
or beneath the psyche of the individual or groups of people...
and so, how explanations of the past or present...
as well as provide the basis for how predictions of the future, may be made.


It is analogous to the molecular structure of a crystal...
and the unimpeded growth of a crystal.

The result is the same...
the large follows the small.

It was also the start of the understanding of planetary physics...
as well as how engineers were able to apply that which proved
to be true on smaller scale objects...
and apply them to full scale ones.

Without force upon an object to change its natural course...
when all the variables remain the same...
the result will be the same...
whether in the large, or the small.




The way to prediction or application is through:  


 LOGICAL EXTRAPOLATION
(Inductive Reasoning - indefinite results - most plausible)

This is simply thinking things through rationally.

When all variables which can change a result are not known...
but can be reasonably supported...
a rational argument may be made as to the most plausible outcome or reason.

As most scenarios in life involve cases where all the necessary variables are unknown...
especially in cases involving human behavior...
this is the most often used.


Example:  An Inductive Rational Argument

Premise:  The initial assertion which is to be supported (but not proved)
by the following body of the argument.

Supporting Evidence:  That which logically supports the premise.

Conclusion:  That which is logically derived from the premise, and so too...
the supporting evidence.



Practical Application:  Court of law


Prosecutor:  

Premise:  The suspect is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Supporting Evidence:  All forms of evidence entered, probabilities calculated...
especially that of DNA which predicts to a 99.9% probability that he was the one.


Conclusion:  (The closing statement) - 99.9% probability is by definition...
beyond that of reasonable doubt.
(But not definitive...just ask O.J.  :)




DEDUCTIVE REASONING
(Definite results - all possible affecting variables known)

When all of the variables which can change a result are known...
the result may be reliably and accurately predicted.

When all the variables which can change a result are controlled...
the result may be reliably and accurately produced or reproduced.

This is the essence of Math...
especially that of mathematical proofs.

This is also the method by which a syllogism is produced.

It is through a syllogism which fundamental truths may be
discovered and proved.

By knowing and controlling all the given variables...
through the introduction or extraction of a known variable...
it may be known that the particular variable effects a change.

a+b = x

a+b+c = z

Therefore:  c is a modifying variable

This is the essence of the experimental method of science.



Example: A Deductive Rational Argument


Major Premise (A): Something Known To Be True (All humans need Oxygen)

Minor Premise (B):  Object known to be same as the object in the major premise
(He is human)

Conclusion:  A = Truth  B = Object of A
Therefore:  That which applies to A applies to B
(Therefore, he also needs Oxygen)



Practical Application:  Court Of Law


Defense Attorney:  


Major Premise:  As no one person may be in two places at the same time...
my client is innocent.

Minor Premise:  My Client was in Japan, and not in New York, at the time of the murder.
(Alibi checks out as true)

Conclusion:  Therefore, my client must be innocent.


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I have often spoken of these concepts to Alex on many an occasion.


Now...
of course, this is not a checklist from which to operate with every problem in life...
as even the simplest of operations would be too numerous in life
for us to complete in a timely manner.

The mind doesn't operate in this fashion.

This is to give the realization of a method of efficient thinking
(which is actually the way infants and children naturally think)...
to people whom have been taught to think subjectively rather than objectively
(which so many in public schools have been for many decades now).

Also...
so many people think that learning is all about making things more and more complicated.

No...
this is how those of whom were taught through memorization and regurgitation think.

While they are usually fine when faced with similar problems in life...
they usually fail to adapt to new problems...
and also fail at innovation.

True understanding is the ability to take the complex...
and make it simple and true over a wide area of applications.

Simple concepts may be applied widely...
and rapidly...once they are understood.


Once a person realizes a simple path to understanding...
and once a person reaches an epiphany of understanding...
 it is accepted in the person's mind...
and it is automatically put into the operating instructions in the hard drive of the mind...
and the subconscious automatically thinks in this new manner...
and so, a revised movie of the mind plays...
only it is in Ultra 4k HD...
as the clarity of thought is greatly enhanced.

When we think through things...
a movie of the mind plays.

While we are watching this movie in the mind's eye...
it automatically stops playing when there is a flaw in the scenario...
and when it would defy reason to continue playing.

This is how we intuitively know when there are contradictions, fallacies...
a lack of supporting evidence, or a failure of some sort in a presented argument.

When things are illogical...
progression of thought stops...
as the line of reasoning stops...
and so, the movie stops.

At the point of stoppage...
is where the line of reasoning fails...
and so, where the person knows the problem is.

If a person starts with a known false premise...
the movie never starts.


The key is the initial input of the concepts...
the thorough understanding of them...
and of how to apply them.

The rest will be forever automatic in their minds.


This is the essence of Critical Reasoning.

Critical Reasoning is the essence of Rational Thinking.

And...
Rational Thinking plus Wisdom equals...
good ole' Country Common Sense.
















Saturday, December 2, 2017

IV - A Talk With Alex About Life




Song:  The Logical Song

Group:  Supertramp




As I was taking Alex to one of his classes...
I spoke to him more about life.



Three very important points I had stressed during our drive there and back:


1)  What you project in your body language and dress...
is how the world will initially perceive you.


2)  The company you keep...
is also a projection of who you are.


3)  The key to positively affecting the aforementioned:

Observe others carefully...
patterns of behavior to results will emerge...
experience will be gained...and in time...
being able to quickly and accurately gauge people intuitively will result.





I then went into each one.


I had already spoken to Alex about, whether it be for a job interview...
or to establish an initial alliance...
the necessity for people to gauge people rapidly.  

People must be careful of others.
The world has too many predators and parasites...
and their prime method of operation is the way of deceit.

However, a problem often occurs with mistaken identity.

If a person projects an image of someone who is undesirable...
or in any way not someone whom they would consider to be a future asset...
they are dismissed from their minds as a possible ally.

Potential opportunities are often lost within the first few seconds of a meeting.

People simply must make decisions with their safety first.


Concerning job interviews...
they already have all the necessary information in the submitted paperwork.

However, the face to face job interview is not a mere formality.

They ask the most promising candidates to appear personally
to gauge the inner workings of the person's personality and mind...first hand.


What employers hope for in its applicants...
is the greatest return on their investment in them.

What they desire is someone who will be there long term...
who has the personality to mesh with others well...
 who has the attitude and aptitude to be adaptable to their ways...
and someone who is able to convey his thoughts logically and effectively.

What they look for in the personal interviews starts from the general...
and goes to the specific.

The person's grooming and attire immediately tells them much about 
the person's aptitude, as well as his attitude.


A person with a high enough aptitude...
dresses for success by looking at the successful people in that company...
then at least dressing similarly.

This tells the interviewers that the person had the foresight to have done his research...
is observant, and can draw the correct conclusions from the readily apparent.

It also tells them that the person is adaptable enough to work as a team member...
and not someone whose attire screams to the world that he will not bend
to the way of others...that he is demanding to be taken as he is...
that his desires overrides that of the welfare of the group.

You must remember...
you are selling a part of your life to your employer while at work.

There are certain expected standards that must be met while there.


What they also see initially...
is posture...and body language.

Posture is more than an indicator of the emotions...
a projection of the strength of the ego.

Posture is also a projection of the intellect.

You will notice that most successful people have great posture.

This speaks of a realization they had early on in life.

Poor posture robs you of energy.

Correct posture conserves energy through the correct alignment of the bones.

With incorrect posture...
the body is forced to keep muscles contracted to keep you erect.

This becomes tiring...
and it occupies the mind needlessly.

This is indicative of a lazy nature...
and of an undisciplined mind.

With correct posture...
the body need only lightly contract the muscles to keep the bones aligned.

The bones bear the weight of the body...and so...
the majority of the tension in the body is relieved.

This also relieves the mind to think more clearly.

Even breathing becomes easy and natural...
as the diaphragm has more room to expand.

Correct posture tells the interviewers that the person also had the discipline
early on in life to establish an important habit.


Body language tells much of the attitude.


It projects...most of all...confidence...or a lack thereof.

If a person lacks confidence in himself...
why should a company have confidence in him?

A smooth flowing motion of the body...
reveals a smooth flowing mind.

Stiffness or tentativeness is the antithesis of both.

Much of this is seen in the person's stride as he walks in.


Now...
this isn't a tell all.

A person who is nervous because he has humility...
is often confused with someone whom is without confidence.


However...
a person who relies upon hand gestures to tell much of his story...
is indicative of a person who lacks the necessary vocabulary...
and this is often telling.


Facial expressions must be genuine.

Never should a person smile disingenuously.

If it doesn't come from within...it should not be given.

The chief indicator of a disingenuous smile...
is the lack of lower eye lid involvement.

Genuine smiles start with the uplifting of the lower lids...
and spreads down to the lips and cheeks.

Most are not conscious of the actions...
but when it doesn't happen...
they see right away that the person has dead eyes when he smiles.

When there is no eye involvement...
it is striking.

To have a disingenuous smile is indicative of deceit at best...
and a manipulative sociopath at worst.


Now...
a problem of misidentification comes with people on the Autistic Spectrum.

They often have a more deadpan face when others exhibit more animated
facial expressions.

A sincere solution comes with acknowledgement of humor
or a greeting by a simple nod and a light clasping of the eyes.

People greatly prefer a genuine and sincere greeting to a false smile...
especially a greatly exaggerated one.

This indicates reserve...
and it is an acknowledgement of the intelligence of the person being addressed.


However...
the two most telling things other people see in an interview...
are the eyes...and the speech of the person.

In general...
most of the questions asked...
they already know the answers to.

What they are looking at when they ask these questions...
is the motion of the eyes.

The two greatest tells of the eyes is one of quickness of motion
of the eyes as you process.

Another tell is whether or not the eyes are focused.

A person who uses his peripheral vision to monitor the situation...
is a person searching for an answer.

It shows by the widening of his eyes
(It gives that odd deer in the headlights look).

In general...
quickness of motion of the eyes is indicative of the quickness of the mind...
and focused eyes are indicative of a focused mind.


The most telling of the processing of the person's mind is...
the speech pattern and...
of course...
what is actually said.

In short...
it is the quantity and quality.

What people look for in others is...
Precision and Concision in speech.

In other words...
to say the most...accurately...in the least number of words.

The timing of the words...
the rapidity and flowing of the speech...
intonation...hesitation...number of explanations...
logically expressed words...
they, and more, are all noted.


Now...
the reason I mention all of this is NOT to study it and find a way to try to fool people.
It is to illustrate how one should NOT try to fool people...
of how easy it is to see deceit in people.

Many of these tells are unconscious.

Most people can fairly accurately gauge in general...
a person in a matter of seconds...
intuitively.

It is not even conscious on their part.

It all comes with experience.

A person sees the same repeating general patterns in what they perceive in others...
and they then match the patterns to the results...time and again in life...
through the people they meet or closely observe.

To try to fool people is akin to trying to change the thermometer in a room...
instead of the thermostat.

Knowing there is a problem...
properly identifying it...and devising a solution...
is how to correctly resolve them.

By ensuring you are of right mind...in attitude and aptitude...
ensures your body will reflect it fairly accurately...
automatically.


To attempt to play a long game of deceit...
is a losing proposition.

And...
once trust is lost...
in most cases...
it is lost forever.


Now...
just as people judge others by their actions, inactions, and reactions...
so do they judge you by the company you keep.


In general...
people of like goals or are otherwise of like minds...
naturally get along.

To keep company with people who are on the wrong path in life...
logically, means, at least in part...
you are of like mind.

People have the absolute right to freely associate with others of their choice.

But...
it is also true that people have the absolute right...and need...
to judge others, if they are also to have the right to associate themselves with others freely.

In order to know with whom to associate yourself...
you have to be able to know them.

To be able to know them...
you have to be able to judge who they really are...
otherwise, the association is not freely chosen.


To listen to the modern idiocy of people screaming
that others have no right to judge them is the argument of a child...
completely illogical...and non-sensical.


These are the people with whom you do NOT wish to associate.

Their only recourse is to be deceitful, loud, and aggressive.

Their whole tactic for leading life is one of the short game.

They have no long game.

They are of the predators and parasites of society.

And...
should you associate with them...
you will be judged accordingly.


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Now...
while all of this was just simple common sense...
common sense is borne of experience in life.

Alex doesn't have much experience with others in life...
and he has a very pure heart...
and so...
he may easily get sucked into the web of a person
attempting to take advantage of his very kind and open nature.

The main way to solve both of the quandaries of knowing how to project himself...
and of knowing about the thoughts of others...
is by gaining experience through being aware of his surroundings
 through close observation of others.

If you can observe and judge others...
you can do as the ones who are successful...
and you can keep away from those who are destined to not become successful
because of the incorrect path in life on which they walk.


Alex is highly intelligent...
and with just a little experience...
 by being conservative in nature...
and by constantly observing others...
he will do well in life.


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Just to reinforce my message to Alex...
last night at supper...
I reiterated the meaning of my message to him by asking him a couple of simple questions.


I asked him what a person must have in order to render a rational conclusion...
especially involving people.

He said, "Enough data".

I then asked him how he is to gather this data.

He answered, "By observing".


On this note...
I smiled, knowing that he had learned a valuable lesson.



















Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Alex's World Literature Religious Analysis Essay: Confucianism


Song:  Above All 

Artist:  Helen Jane Long



Alex is currently taking a verbal fluency exam in his Japanese class.

Last night...
Alex submitted this essay on Confucianism for his World Literature class.


Alex has always enjoyed expressing his thoughts in prose.

I have always enjoyed Alex's stories and essays...
as they are indicative of...
not only the direction of his thoughts...
but of the depth of his thoughts.

Alex has always been a rational thinker...
and he has always had a pure heart.

What this means is...
that he is guided by goodness in life...
and that he has the means to achieve it.


However...
I won't go into this yet.

This line of thought will be part of the next article.


As for now...
Alex's essay on Confucianism:









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As you can see from this essay...
there are so many implications of the depth of thought...
not so much of the written...as of the writer.


I will go into this in my next article.

It will cover some very important thoughts 
to so many getting ready to start their way in life.

But, as a starting point...
it will hold the greatest amount of relevance.
















Sunday, November 26, 2017

III - A Talk With Alex About Life


Song:  Walk On Water

Artist:  Neil Diamond


Listen to your heart (subjectively)...
guide with your head (objectively).



I will first have to explain a few things here...
as I have already talked many times to Alex about these.


There are some basic psychological...
well...what I consider to be...
fundamental truths.


First of all...
this first one underlies all sentient beings' actions or inactions...
and as such, they are the prime motivators of life:

Pursuit of Pleasure

Avoidance of Pain


In both cases...
they may be physical or psychological in nature...
and what may be painful to one, may be pleasurable to another.

They manifest in many different ways...
and even seem to contradict themselves in some instances...
but these prime motivators in life underlie all actions and inactions in all sentient beings.

(And yes, this is the prime argument against the notion of true Altruism)



One great secret in life is gaining experience by venturing forth boldly to test...
and to know...yourself...enough to know who you are...
and what it is that you want most out of life.

It is in solitude that you reflect and dissect the experiences...
and you then come to know what it is in life that gives you the most pleasure
(non-hedonistic...but what strikes you to your core..connecting you with your passion).

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It is through this that people understand themselves, and so, learn how to relate to others.

And so, to paraphrase Socrates:

Know yourself...and you shall know the world.

Knowing others is also important...
as no one can truly live...hiding away from society in a cave...
without passing on his thoughts.

One of our great joys in life is being able to convey our feelings and knowledge to others.

Why would a person be concerned with others?

Of what value is the receiving of appreciation from others?

Because it is only through this that a person may double his pleasure in life...
the pleasure of giving...and the pleasure of receiving.


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Sorry...
and now...back to the path :)


You then look objectively at the goal...
and plan a route from there...
back to you (reverse planning).

You will then have the most efficient route...
and you will have established objectives to meet...
and a time line for the goal...
as well as to the milestones along the way.

You will then be able to plan for the proper preparation and provisioning 
of your journey.

Secondly...
the very first thing a person also needs to understand...
is that the below pyramid of a hierarchy of needs...
as put forth by Psychologist Abraham Maslow...
is how a person should also plan his life
to ensure that at least the first bottom two sections may be secured
through the pursuit of his passion in life.

This is the litmus test for a viable career path.

It is simply not enough to have a passion for something 
through which a living cannot be made
(although, a living may be had for almost anything if a solid plan
is devised and which is then properly carried through).

Positive Example:  A passion for playing video games could become
a viable career if he also learns how to make them...
or if his skills can be utilized in other employment...
such as a drone operator).

Negative Example:  The child simply wishes to play video games
instead of studying anything, or even thinking about his future.



(Gotten from Google Images)




A great basic guide for life:

Listen to your heart (subjectively)...
guide with your head (objectively).

This is analogous to a driver and a vehicle.

The car is your heart...your passion in life.

The greater the passion...
the more horsepower the engine...
the larger the tank...
and the more robust the frame and suspension.

With such a beast of a vehicle...
you may travel quickly...
you will have the endurance to last...
and you may overcome any obstacle.

However...
without a solid plan as put forth by the head...
the vehicle is driverless...
and will go nowhere.

The same holds true with having a plan...
but having no passion.

You are in an underpowered car...
with a small tank...
and with a flimsy frame.

Any route you undertake will take too long...
you will run out of gas before the destination is reached...
and even the smallest of obstacles will force you to retreat.

Or...
having made the thoroughly unpleasant journey...
you are too spent to enjoy the victory...you have run out of gas...
and you continually lament about not having taken another path.



One of the most painful and deepest of regrets
that many people experience as they near death...
is that of having lived a wasted life
(as compiled by a nurse working with Hospice)...
of not having found their passion in life...
or even worse...
having found it...
but allowing themselves to be talked out of it.

It is so important to know about that which you are most passionate...
and plotting a viable course...
while there is still time. 


Of course...
how is a child to know for sure what a deep passion is...
if there is no frame of reference?

It is quite simple...
if the child can't help but practice and learn everything there is to know
about the subject or skill...
if it is not something which he thinks about all the time...
it is simply not a deep passion...
and it is time to move on.




Plan life maximizing the Pursuit of Pleasure (Your passion in life)
and be willing to accept Pain to achieve your passions.

If you are unwilling to go through the pain...
you simply don't have a deep enough passion to achieve your goal...
find another.

There are two basic ways of achieving any goal:

Learn to love all that comes with achieving the goal...
including all pain.

Obstacles which lay in the path...
are challenges to overcome...
and all of which sweeten the victory.

He then looks forwards to these obstacles...
as he sees them as a means to strengthen and test himself.

This is by far...
the most intelligent way of thinking.

This is the person who eventually goes on to achieve great things...
and of whom enjoys every minute of his life.

This is the path which leads to the top of the pyramid
with the greatest chance of success.



The other way has the person attempting to bull his way through
(far fewer last long enough to complete the journey).

His mantra is:
You don't have to like it...
you just have to do it.

This also works.

And...
sometimes in life...
you simply must do this.

However...
this type of person, while keeping his eye on his goal...
 lets part of his life become distasteful.

And so...
while he will also love the results...
he will not have enjoyed the whole journey.


The important thing is the positive result.


Never allow yourself to be dissuaded from your goals because of Pain.

A person who plots life in accordance with Aversion to Pain...
is a person who lives a life of mediocrity.  

It is a person who takes on the persona of a rabbit.

He is satisfied to live in his safe little rabbit hole...
never experiencing life for fear of it.













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