Friday, February 16, 2018


We have a web-site associated with this work, albeit we have not really used it much: It will be re-organized. Also, we will be working with the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc. in areas that overlap. To be brief, as one looks at the discussions about truth and related around the world, there is a growing influence from social media. Quora is an example.

But, discussions are all over the map. AI, especially ML/DL, is a sidetrack with robotics seen as a new life form. So much is going on that ignores the importance of people to the issue of reality and truth. Yes, people are part of the process in so many ways.

However, too, the U. S. stands as a symbol, for a whole lot of things. That will be discussed. But, one fact is that the history of the U.S. needs to be re-examined. History is told by the victor, it is said. I say, history is told by people who like to talk and write.

When you look at history, we have many contributors whose story is told by others, and not very well. We have chance to look at that with Thomas Gardner. We, basically, know his from his children and the descendants thereof. Yet, Thomas was right there from the beginning (1623) of the U.S. through the establishment of Massachusetts which, by the way, subsumed the Plymouth colony.

All through the history of the U.S., there are threads from people from those early arrivals who carried on the activity related to the establishment and evolution of the country. Generation by generation, they were there for the good times and the heart ache. Yet, history glosses over that.

Truth, though, pertains to people more than to anything. Arguable, perhaps, but, then not.

Remarks: Modified: 02/16/2018

02/16/2018 --

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Modern ways

Not posting here does not mean that there are not things going on. For the past few months, I have been writing on Quora, with the intent of getting back here. In fact, the whole aspect of truth engineering has been brought out there. The intent is to update this blog in the near future.

For one thing, I ran into an interest in Common Lisp on the part of the younger set. There are several manifestations in use. One called clojure has been used for both front-end and back-end work. What is suggest to me is that we can start to talk a workbench approach.

Aside: There is a lot to discuss, but Lisp has been involved with AI from the beginning. Here is some information related to why it is so good: What-did-Alan-Kay-mean-by-Lisp-is-the-greatest-single-programming-language-ever-designed

If one listens to some AI/DS/ML/DL (that is, Artificial intelligence, data science, machine learning, deep learning) practitioners, one sense can an out-of-control situation. Gobs of time, money, space get gobbled running against suspect data, one might say. As, this information is wide and not very deep. So, who is deep? In other words, where is the science?

Too, there is a general malaise with regard to not understanding. That is, the computer comes up with something, and the humans cannot provide anything that allows comprehension to look at it and make a judgment. No, the reaction is to think the the computer is out of our league.

That might be true in several senses, but it is not in terms of truth (hence, we need to engineer this).

Remarks: Modified: 11/29/2017

11/29/2017 --

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

On computing

On Quora, there is a lot of discussion of AI. This whole framework is warped as it does not consider several important issues related to humans  and computing. It is as if the guys of SV (I say silly) can run amok (boys being boys, see USA Today, 7/25/17), and we are just to marvel at their talent.

Think again. A long tradition is being ignored. Why? Engineers do not care for humanities nor do they give a mote for philosophy. Psychology? Nada.

Well, how can we address that? Truth engineering was proposed as a way to discuss the matters that pertain to the issues. Last post, I mentioned hermeneutics (see starting list). Since then, I ran into Crapularity heumeneutics (think the huge interest now in the Singularity). I agree with Florian but see a whole lot of other ways that his concept can be used. All in good time goes the adage.

Later, I ran into sociology of  knowledge (paper by Inanna Hamati-Ataya). So, I am collecting an initial viewpoint with which to launch discussions and work.

 Recently, someone asked this: What is the difference between Lacan's and Jung's literary criticism? Well, I had already considered this topic from the Jungian sense. Mostly, it would have been done by some later follower of Jung, and archetypes would play a huge role.

But, Lacan? Well, on looking him up, I found that he liked Freud's approach. Too, he gave Chomsky grief. There is something to like about that. Hence, there is a thread from Freud to Jung to Lacan that needs some attention. Chomsky is in there to pull things to the modern times.

I pulled this out of a book on Lacan.

Note that Lacan talked what I might call peripatetic leanings. As he does raise a question. There is a bias for the brain. Look around, it's everywhere. AI (and SV) have taken that to an extreme. Oh, they say, replicate the brain and end up with intelligence that is artificial (and supposedly better than human). 

How did we get that bias? When were those other types of intelligences (say, Gardner's; he of Harvard) thrown out?

Lots to discuss. The benefit? A more full view so that we can dampen both the mania and the hysteria. Perhaps, then, Hawkins could sleep peacefully. 

Remarks: Modified: 07/26/2017

07/26/2017 --

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hermeneutics, at last

Reading links on two subjects.
An associated bit of scholarship goes under the title of Sociology of Knowledge. We will be looking at this, among other things, in our review of advanced computing (and its huge set of issues). 

Remarks: Modified: 07/26/2017

06/27/2017 --

Saturday, May 13, 2017


Quora has loads of discussion about IQ. Too, people are stressing EI (some use EQ).

Truth engineering deals with the necessity for a human-in-the-loop in terms of resolving hard problems. The computer cannot overcome vertigo, otherwise.

But, what type of person is required for this? All sorts of other questions pertain to the discussion.

So, let's start to look at intelligence among other things: The future belongs to the stupid (the blogger is a Professor of Psychology). I ran across this post in a Quora discussion. Seems like a good place to start (too, there is work being done - example: The Unz Review: An Alternative Media Selection).

I am proposing that, like Gardner of Harvard suggests, intelligence is multifaceted. The IQ test looks at a small portion. There may be 'smart ways' (perhaps, modes) that are not seen by the high-IQ. Or, rather, the higher IQ would require additional training.

And, not being controversial, broader scope for 'best and brightest' might be a wise choice on the part of society. What would that scope entail?

Remarks: Modified: 05/13/2017

05/13/2017 --

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ten years

Ten years ago, I started this blog. The first post was "Truth, can it be engineered?" Overall, there have been 284 posts. The topics have followed the times.

Early on, there were posts about engineering. The key topics were 'earned value' and 'middle out' which are constant issues. Then, the topics changed to finance due to the downturn, its consequences and the long road. We still are in jeopardy.

Prior to starting the blog, I was doing Wikipedia edits. I pulled this little graph that shows edits by year. It can be broken down further, but the timeline shows interrelationships.


Truth engineering started under the auspices of working in a knowledge-based engineering (KBE) environment. With all of the emphasis lately on AI (due to machine learning and deep diving of data), one wonders what is the basis for all of this. Well, KB, and its offshoot of KBE, were there from the beginning. And, they will continue. We will address this more here as we go along.

In the meantime, on a related page in Wikipedia, there was a request for real examples. I briefly sketched two recently. See . Talk:ICAD (software) for the examples.

Also, in terms of getting a plane to fly, it is more arduous than making a little smart phone. And, it demonstrates going up against nature big time. Nature is the chief guide. We have to conform and do so smartly. Nothing new there, as engineering has been around from the beginning.

What is new is the computer? What? And, social media and fake news. Don't blame the media, rather we need to look at this stuff from a new angle. Hence, truth engineering, for one thing.


Post note: There was no reference in this blog to KBE over the years. Why? There were two in the related blog: Out on a limb and Here we go again, III (only a cursory mention). I suppose that I was looking at truth beyond the computer. Guess what? Jobs and his mobile gift has changed the landscape (and his cohorts with their various clouds, too). And so, can we go forward without knowing that 'truth' is computational, albeit with natural or artificial resources?

Remarks: Modified: 05/11/2017

05/11/2017 --

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Code or not

Code has been the topic of several posts. Usually, it pertained to issues, such as content vs configuration management (from the 2014 time frame). The point? If one is doing work and the computer is the tool and assistance, then one needs to control reconfigs. That is, the producer of the system ought not come in and monkey with your process.

Yes, it's a control issue (see Stallman on this). Too, if the computer is driving things, then you have to follow. But, software people do not do this. However, they are not known for a good process, either.

Three years ago, I redid a website using only HTML/CSS. Why? It was familiar; too, I could control everything. And, it was minimal. The idea was to build upon this. I started with Microsoft's OfficeLive, but it was cut. I looked at a bunch of alternatives. None stood out.

Besides, in just a few days, I saw lots of hacking. What's with that? So, I went with not-so-simple HTML/CSS. Mind you, these things continually progress.

Want to know what CSS can do? A lot. Basically, it is parameterized code. This page shows three examples. #1 is a cut from MS OfficeLive. #2 deals with CSS (banner.js). That is, the objects are drawn and clipped (then I cut to an image file for ease). Now, #3 uses JavaScripting to do the same image.

I need to reconfigure to allow more interaction. And, so, need to bite the bullet. That example got me back into things. It basically writes on a 2D canvas.

But, I just went and looked at 3D and found this by Jeremy Heleine. Nice.
It is a trip down memory lane. I was doing 30+ years ago with a Lisp Machine (What is a lisp machine and what is so great about them?, actually, wrote my own perspective handler). Ten years later, I was using a top-notch CAD/CAE system, around which we wrapped Lisp for Knowledge Based Engineering. Ten years after that, I was doing this with Python (as it was interpretative and mimiced Lisp, somewhat).

Essentially, I dealt with geometric modeling with regard to massively detailed products that supported decisions related to design, analysis, and the whole gamut of build and maintain.

Remarks: Modified: 04/27/2017

04/27/2017 -- Further on the issues: self determination.