Anthem Of Equivalence

Anthem Of Equivalence

 

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry? – Excerpt from The Tyger, by William Blake

Cast In The Same Mold

Isomorphism derives its name from the Greek iso, meaning “equal,” and morphos, meaning “form,” or “shape.”

It’s used to describe underlying symmetry between high-level concepts in many different fields:

Mathematics – symmetrical sets of numbers, their graphs, and transformative relationships. (You’ll find much of the latter in the artwork of M.C. Escher) •Biology – similarity in body structures or evolutionary paths between species. •Linguistics – common evolution of word origins, usage, and grammar. (See: Zipf’s Law) •Game Theory – decision trees which produce mutual stability points, such as

Evolving By Network

 

“But somewhere, beyond Space and Time, Is wetter water, slimier slime! And there, they trust, there swimmeth One Who swam ere rivers were begun, Immense, of fishy form and mind, Squamous, omnipotent, and kind.” Rupert Brooke, Heaven

When embarking into unfamiliar territory, the wise and prudent will prefer to consult those who have gone before

So, if networks had been put to use for billions of years before humans “invented” them, wouldn’t it be foolish not to seek guidance from their creator?

It isn’t a rhetorical question…

Nature’s Network Architects

Research into the behavior of Slime molds has raised questions about the real nature of intelligence. (See: How Brainless Slime Molds Redefine Intelligence – Scientific American). Despite lacking a central nervous system, their methods are …

Crossroads And Closure

 

“I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

In light of recent happenings, this topic has been moved ahead of schedule.

Sometimes, we have to work hard to overcome the initial distastefulness of ideas, to get to the inspiration that comes from understanding and accepting them. It may help to keep that in mind here.

The Rooms You’ll Never Stay In

Hotels and airports are the crossroads of the modern world. These places find us at times of transition in our lives; We pass through them on the way from one …

The Avenues Of Exodus – Part 2 Of 2

 

“Following her immutable law, nature, having changed the form of competition, proceeded to select a quality of mind to correspond with the new conditions of life.” – Brooks Adams, The Law Of Civilization And Decay

Nature Abhors A Vacuum

The end of a monopoly leaves a void that must be filled. (See: Part 1)

Some assume the fourth monopoly will end with an economic collapse – returning large parts of the world to the second monopoly. Though some are quick to paint members of the prepper movement as kooks, their strategy could serve as a strong hedge against such a scenario.

Fate may intervene. Some politicians, already supporting a return to violence, have found themselves …

Breaking The Fourth Monopoly – Part 1 of 2

 

“The evolution of this centralized society was as logical as every other work of nature. When force reached the stage where it expressed itself exclusively through money, the governing class ceased to be chosen because they were valiant or eloquent, artistic, learned, or devout, and were selected solely because they had the faculty of acquiring and keeping wealth.” – Brooks Adams

Something Runs In The Family

Brooks Adams was the grandson of a U.S. President, and the great grandson of another. Perhaps not surprisingly, he shared his ancestors’ distrust of excessive wealth and power in the hands of an elite.

His best known work, The Law of Civilization And Decay, discusses the predictable cycles by which civilizations rise and fall:

“At first, commercial activities flourish in

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