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  • autism Archives - Unreal Blog
    fall on the right side of the distribution close to the tail and if you are unlucky you would find yourself near the wrong end But this statement is a bit too simplistic Nothing in life is quite that straight forward The various distributions have strange correlations Even in the absence of correlations purely mathematical considerations will indicate that the likelihood of finding yourself in the right end of multiple desirable traits is slim That is to say if you are in the top 0 1 of your cohort academically and in terms of your looks and in athleticism you are already one in a billion which is why you don t find many strikingly handsome theoretical physicists who are also ranked tennis players The recent world chess champion Magnus Carlsen is also a fashion model which is news precisely because it is the exception that proves the rule By the way I just figured out what that mysterious expression exception that proves the rule actually meant something looks like an exception only because as a general rule it doesn t exist or happen which proves that there is a rule Getting back to our theme in addition to the minuscule probability for genius as prescribed by mathematics we also find correlations between genius and behavioral pathologies like insanity and autism A genius brain is probably wired differently Anything different from the norm is also well abnormal Behavior abnormal when judged against the society s rules is the definition of insanity So there is a only a fine line separating insanity from true genius I believe The personal lives of many geniuses point to this conclusion Einstein had strange personal relationships and a son who was clinically insane Many geniuses actually ended up in the looney bin And some afflicted

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  • Richard Feynman Archives - Unreal Blog
    the advantage of being outside the country the media and their public relations tricks make it very difficult if not impossible It is all very obvious from the outside but it takes a genius to see it from within But O V Vijayan s genius had impressed me even before that and I have a short story and a thought snippet by him translated and posted on this blog Chess is a good metaphor for almost everything in life with its clear and unbending rules But it is not the rules themselves that I want to focus on it is the topology or the pattern that the rules generate Even before we start a game we know that there will be an outcome it is going to be a win loss or a draw 1 0 0 1 or 0 5 0 5 How the game will evolve and who will win is all unknown but that it will evolve from an opening of four neat rows through a messy mid game and a clear endgame is pretty much given The topology is pre ordained by the rules of the game A similar set of rules and a consequent topology exists in the corporate world as well That is the topic of the next post Albert Einstein chess life O V Vijayan Richard Feynman Philosophy Physics Quotes Science Bye Bye Einstein January 25 2012 manoj Starting from his miraculous year of 1905 Einstein has dominated physics with his astonishing insights on space and time and on mass and gravity True there have been other physicists who with their own brilliance have shaped and moved modern physics in directions that even Einstein couldn t have foreseen and I don t mean to trivialize neither their intellectual achievements nor our giant leaps in physics and technology But all of modern physics even the bizarre reality of quantum mechanics which Einstein himself couldn t quite come to terms with is built on his insights It is on his shoulders that those who came after him stood for over a century now Science alone of all the subjects contains within itself the lesson of the danger of belief in the infallibility of the greatest teachers in the preceding generation Learn from science that you must doubt the experts As a matter of fact I can also define science another way Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts Richard Feynman One of the brighter ones among those who came after Einstein cautioned us to guard against our blind faith in the infallibility of old masters Taking my cue from that insight I for one think that Einstein s century is behind us now I know coming from a non practicing physicist who sold his soul to the finance industry this declaration sounds crazy Delusional even But I do have my reasons to see Einstein s ideas go Let s start with this picture of a dot flying along a straight line on the ceiling so to speak You are standing at the centre of the line in the bottom on the floor that is If the dot was moving faster than light how would you see it Well you wouldn t see anything at all until the first ray of light from the dot reaches you As the animation shows the first ray will reach you when the dot is somewhere almost directly above you The next rays you would see actually come from two different points in the line of flight of the dot one before the first point and one after Thus the way you would see it is incredible as it may seem to you at first as one dot appearing out of nowhere and then splitting and moving rather symmetrically away from that point It is just that the dot is flying so fast that by the time you get to see it it is already gone past you and the rays from both behind and ahead reach you at the same instant in time Hope that statement makes it clearer rather than more confusing Why did I start with this animation of how the illusion of a symmetric object can happen Well we see a lot of active symmetric structures in the universe For instance look at this picture of Cygnus A There is a core from which seem to emanate features that float away to the lobes Doesn t it look remarkably similar to what we would see based on the animation above There are other examples in which some feature points or knots seem to move away from the core where they first appear at We could come up with a clever model based on superluminality and how it would create illusionary symmetric objects in the heavens We could but nobody would believe us because of Einstein I know this I tried to get my old physicist friends to consider this model The response is always some variant of this Interesting but it cannot work It violates Lorentz invariance doesn t it LV being physics talk for Einstein s insistence that nothing should go faster than light Now that neutrinos can violate LV why not me Of course if it was only a qualitative agreement between symmetric shapes and superluminal celestial objects my physics friends are right in ignoring me There is much more The lobes in Cygnus A for instance emit radiation in the radio frequency range In fact the sky as seen from a radio telescope looks materially different from what we see from an optical telescope I could show that the spectral evolution of the radiation from this superluminal object fitted nicely with AGNs and another class of astrophysical phenomena hitherto considered unrelated called gamma ray bursts In fact I managed to publish this model a while ago under the title Are Radio Sources and Gamma Ray Bursts Luminal Booms You see I need superluminality Einstein being wrong is a pre requisite of

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  • beauty Archives - Unreal Blog
    a Japanese research institute that did all kinds of strange studies One of the researchers there showed me his study on averaging facial features For this study he took a large number of Japanese faces and averaged them which meant he normalized the image size and orientation digitally took the mean on a pixel by pixel basis So he had an average Japanese male face and an average Japanese female face He even created a set of hybrids by making linear combinations of the two with different weighting factors He then showed the results to a large number of people and recorded their preference in terms of the attractiveness of the face The strange thing was that the average face looked more pleasant and attractive to the Japanese eye than any one of the individual ones In fact the most attractive male face was the one that had a bit of female features in it That is to say it was the one with 90 average male and 10 average female or some such combination I don t remember the exact weights The researcher went one step further and created an average caucasian face as well He then took the difference between that and an average Japanese face and then superimposed the difference on an average face with exaggerated weights The result was a grotesque caricature which he postulated was probably the way a Japanese person would see a caucasian for the first time This reminded me of the time when I visited my housemate s farm in a small town in Pennsylvania a town so small that the street in front the farm was named after him I went with his parents to the local grocery store and there was this little girl sitting in a shopping cart who went wide eyed when she saw me She couldn t take her eyes off me after that May be seeing an Indian face for the first time in her life she saw a similar caricature and got scared Anyway my conjecture is that an averaging similar to what the Japanese researcher did happens in all of us when we migrate First our minds see grotesque and exaggerated difference caricatures between the faces we encounter and the ones we were used to in our previous land Soon our baseline average changes as we get more used to the faces around us And the difference between what we see and our baseline ceases to be big and we end up liking the faces more and more as they move progressively closer to the average normal face Here are the average male and female faces by race or country Notice how each one of them is a remarkably handsome or beautiful specimen If you find some of them not so remarkable you should move to that country and spend a few years there so that they also become remarkable And if you find the faces from a particular country especially attractive with no

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  • japanese faces Archives - Unreal Blog
    visited a Japanese research institute that did all kinds of strange studies One of the researchers there showed me his study on averaging facial features For this study he took a large number of Japanese faces and averaged them which meant he normalized the image size and orientation digitally took the mean on a pixel by pixel basis So he had an average Japanese male face and an average Japanese female face He even created a set of hybrids by making linear combinations of the two with different weighting factors He then showed the results to a large number of people and recorded their preference in terms of the attractiveness of the face The strange thing was that the average face looked more pleasant and attractive to the Japanese eye than any one of the individual ones In fact the most attractive male face was the one that had a bit of female features in it That is to say it was the one with 90 average male and 10 average female or some such combination I don t remember the exact weights The researcher went one step further and created an average caucasian face as well He then took the difference between that and an average Japanese face and then superimposed the difference on an average face with exaggerated weights The result was a grotesque caricature which he postulated was probably the way a Japanese person would see a caucasian for the first time This reminded me of the time when I visited my housemate s farm in a small town in Pennsylvania a town so small that the street in front the farm was named after him I went with his parents to the local grocery store and there was this little girl sitting in a shopping cart who went wide eyed when she saw me She couldn t take her eyes off me after that May be seeing an Indian face for the first time in her life she saw a similar caricature and got scared Anyway my conjecture is that an averaging similar to what the Japanese researcher did happens in all of us when we migrate First our minds see grotesque and exaggerated difference caricatures between the faces we encounter and the ones we were used to in our previous land Soon our baseline average changes as we get more used to the faces around us And the difference between what we see and our baseline ceases to be big and we end up liking the faces more and more as they move progressively closer to the average normal face Here are the average male and female faces by race or country Notice how each one of them is a remarkably handsome or beautiful specimen If you find some of them not so remarkable you should move to that country and spend a few years there so that they also become remarkable And if you find the faces from a particular country especially attractive with

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  • Do You Believe in God? - Unreal Blog
    would want to believe in a God You don t know whether there is a God Moreover you believe you can t know You are agnostic You believe there is a supreme being a higher power or a life force but not necessarily something that is hung up on human morality and certainly not something that looks human Freethinking You believe in God There is a God good and moral angry when we sin and watching over us But not necessarily in the anthropomorphic form or shape as described in the scriptures You believe in God There is a God as given in the scriptures heaven and hell or reincarnation Karma etc Perhaps all religions point to the same God You believe that there is only one God as given in your own scriptures All other Gods are false Or at least people following other Gods are most likely mistaken Here is how it works There is a division of labor going on in our brain according to the theory of hemispheric specialization of brain functions In this theory the left hemisphere of the brain is considered the origin of logical and analytical thinking and the right hemisphere is the origin of creative and intuitive thinking The so called left brain person is thought to be linear logical analytical and unemotional and the right brained person is thought to be spatial creative mystical intuitive and emotional This notion of hemispheric specialization raises an interesting question is atheism related to the logical hemisphere Are atheists less emotional I think so and this test is based on that belief The quiz tests whether you are left brain person If you score high your left brain is dominant and you are likely to be more analytical and logical than intuitive or creative And

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  • god concept Archives - Unreal Blog
    more accurate my guess about your faith is going to be Easy Quiz Pro by Unreal Once you have your Score or Rate if you didn t finish the quiz click on the button corresponding to it You believe there is no God You are an atheist and cannot quite understand why anybody would want to believe in a God You don t know whether there is a God Moreover you believe you can t know You are agnostic You believe there is a supreme being a higher power or a life force but not necessarily something that is hung up on human morality and certainly not something that looks human Freethinking You believe in God There is a God good and moral angry when we sin and watching over us But not necessarily in the anthropomorphic form or shape as described in the scriptures You believe in God There is a God as given in the scriptures heaven and hell or reincarnation Karma etc Perhaps all religions point to the same God You believe that there is only one God as given in your own scriptures All other Gods are false Or at least people following other Gods are most likely mistaken Here is how it works There is a division of labor going on in our brain according to the theory of hemispheric specialization of brain functions In this theory the left hemisphere of the brain is considered the origin of logical and analytical thinking and the right hemisphere is the origin of creative and intuitive thinking The so called left brain person is thought to be linear logical analytical and unemotional and the right brained person is thought to be spatial creative mystical intuitive and emotional This notion of hemispheric specialization raises an interesting question is atheism related to the logical hemisphere Are atheists less emotional I think so and this test is based on that belief The quiz tests whether you are left brain person If you score high your left brain is dominant and you are likely to be more analytical and logical than intuitive or creative And according to my conjecture you are likely to be an atheist Did it work for you Well even if it didn t now you know whether you are analytical or intuitive Please leave a comment to let me know how it worked This post is an edited excerpt from my book The Unreal Universe Photo by Waiting For The Word atheism cognitive neuroscience god concept quiz Humor Philosophy Quotes God s Blunder August 21 2008 manoj Scriptures tell us in different ways depending on our denomination and affiliation that God created the world and everything in it including us This is creationism in a nutshell Standing in the other corner all gloved up to knock the daylight out of creationism is science It tells us that we came out of complete lifelessness through successive mutations goaded by the need to survive This is Evolution a view so

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  • quiz Archives - Unreal Blog
    okay you can quit the quiz and get the Rate But the more questions you answer the more accurate my guess about your faith is going to be Easy Quiz Pro by Unreal Once you have your Score or Rate if you didn t finish the quiz click on the button corresponding to it You believe there is no God You are an atheist and cannot quite understand why anybody would want to believe in a God You don t know whether there is a God Moreover you believe you can t know You are agnostic You believe there is a supreme being a higher power or a life force but not necessarily something that is hung up on human morality and certainly not something that looks human Freethinking You believe in God There is a God good and moral angry when we sin and watching over us But not necessarily in the anthropomorphic form or shape as described in the scriptures You believe in God There is a God as given in the scriptures heaven and hell or reincarnation Karma etc Perhaps all religions point to the same God You believe that there is only one God as given in your own scriptures All other Gods are false Or at least people following other Gods are most likely mistaken Here is how it works There is a division of labor going on in our brain according to the theory of hemispheric specialization of brain functions In this theory the left hemisphere of the brain is considered the origin of logical and analytical thinking and the right hemisphere is the origin of creative and intuitive thinking The so called left brain person is thought to be linear logical analytical and unemotional and the right brained person is thought to be

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