27 07 2014

The Earthian Brain--A History (IV)

Reproduction for the higher forms of the Earthian corpuscle came gradually to be associated  more with pleasure than with maintenance. Copulation between members of the opposite sex belonging to the same species was the most common form of sexual reproduction among higher species. An interesting phenomenon, unique to the species H. Sapiens, was the development of an increasingly complex set of controlled--willed--actions around the instinct.
The construction depicted in the picture is from the 2nd JM; at this time copulation had long been a strictly controlled action that involved will,  i.e. regulated behavior.
Those functions translated in the interactions among corpuscles to experiences of desire as well as fear, which were associated, respectively, with the more complex "motivation" and a shared "sense of prohibition". The novel motivation was indicated verbally by the sound "drive", replacing the "instinct".
The average H. Sapiens bolstered the experience of drive fulfillment by avoiding or delaying it. Now fulfillment was pleasure--a stronger reward.
The interplay between the brain reward circuits and other parts of the corpuscle were involved in the delay, avoidance, and augmentation of pleasure.
Copulation came to be strongly associated with several auditory and visual symbols as control over it tightened. The efficiency afforded by the cascade was fascinating--hence the meme characteristic of sexual reproduction.
Castration was one of the powerful symbols derived from the memes that materialized around this instinct and paved the way to many others.
For a better understanding of reproduction in the late Earthian corpuscle, specifically the minority H. Sapiens, we will in the next chapter have a glimpse at some of the 20th century European scripts: A series of brief narratives, collectively termed as psychoanalysis, provides rich clues in this context. It is of note that traces of this system can be detected millenia later in life sciences. Perhaps we have yet to learn from the 2nd JM Earthian corpuscle.

5 07 2014

2. Baykuş

Baykuş çeşitlerini bilir.
          - Bak, bir de puhu kuşu vardır.
          Kafamı çevirsem pencerede bir baykuş göreceğim. Öyle anlatıyor. Puhu, başlı başına bir önerme.  
          - Gelir mi?
          - Gelir mi gelir, diyor, ne söyletmek istediğimi anlamadan. Ben de bilmiyorum. Gelse bir türlü gelmese bir türlü. Göz göze geleceğimiz ânı aklımdan geçiriyorum. İlk bakışmayı atlatsam gerisi kolay olur mu?
          Çok sıcak.
          Her şeyi biliyor, bitkiler ve hayvanlar âlemini... Bitkiler zayıf, sıcak. Hepsi eğri; hepsi el altında. Kışın plastik, mercimek, pamuk seyrettik, ot bekledik.
          Gelsin, ne var ki! Puhu. Gelsin. İlk bakışmadan galip çıkışımı hayal ediyorum. Gagasına bakmazsam...
          - Gagası? Var mı?
          - Var tabii. Kuş, kuuş!
          - Aklı var mı? Aklı?
          - Ouu! Her şeyi bilir o. Her şeyi görür.
          Gagasına bakmazsam, korkmazsam, bir serinlik neşesi bulur muyuz? Evde? Ağustos bitip Nisan. Bun, sıcak, bir de yırtıcı hayvanlar ezdi bizi.
          İkindi ezanı okunuyor.
          - Aziizallah, şefaatiyaaresuulüllah.
          Oraya kadarını söktüm. Sonra, pıspıspısfss gibi bir şey. Fsakhattiim, uzuun kısa kısa uzuun... Ağlar gibi, telaşlı gibi söylüyor, sesi alçalıp yükseliyor, kalınlaşıyor, gözleri devriliyor. Tane tane konuşsa, bana bakarak...
          Puhuyu anlatırmış gibi bastıra bastıra söylese, konuşmayı öğreneceğim. Anlamadan da konuşurum da, onun fısfıslıları değil de kendinden bastırmalıları söylemesi lazım güzelce. Hhk, luu, aazibiii, puhu.
          Aslında puhu değil de adi baykuş gelse var ya, en iyisi. Biraz korku, savaş, sonra yeni. Sıcak da kurur. Kendinden bastırmalı sıcak var.
          Bunun kendi yazı varmış, güzden sonra gelen.
          Daha aslanlarla yılanlara bakacağız.
          - Namazımı kılayım da, diyor.
          Pencerede baykuşu arıyorum.

3. Kumru
4. Kuğu

30 06 2014

The Earthian Brain—A History (III)

Earthian is a misnomer, as it almost always refers to a single species among the vast array of forms that the small rotator cultivated. The species was, population-wise, a minority throughout the Faith Millenia; it was exceded in number by many of the nucleated forms. Despite this weakness—for power depended literally on size or quantity—it achieved to maintain control over all other forms.  
The H. Sapiens had two assets that were unparalleled by any living or nonliving form. One was efficient symbolic communication; this species saved huge amounts of energy by communicating via a negligibly small percentage of its total body mass. The other was ultra high speed of parallel processing, maintained in an average culture for about 80 % of the organism’s life span.   
Our information about the H. Sapiens brain is unfortunately limited to the work of this very organ, which/who conducted extesive research and produced volumes of narrative on the body that it resided in—or governed, or belonged to; the expression varied depending on the era, and there probably existed considerable within-group variation.

Note the densities in the magnified snapshot of the Training Nodes in the figure below. Those were located below the paws or claws—areas of intense training by way of whisper chains, usually initiated and controlled by a central brain. Whisper cascades are not visible at this magnification.

30 05 2014

I hear you Carthage: Ode to gloom

Carthage haunted her successor. Two centuries and a prophet after her death, she appeared to the people of the prosperous town. In her mother tongue she requested an elegy.

She was barely visible as she told the story of her own destruction.

Hearing someone tell how she was razed to the ground can be chilling.

Her grace as she lay beneath the inscription was chilling.

She was too flat to spark off desire.

Harsh inflections. Sounds that were crushed long ago by some Romance yet still making sense—Scipio’s name was the first to be picked up by the residents of the new town.

The resilience of her language was petrifying.

Scipio Aemilianus... rushed to... crush the hungry citizens... to consecrate... his victory... Adon-Baal...

She could have done with less than an elegy perhaps. Her uncanny Punic might have misled the new Carthaginians, when all she needed was to be heard: “I saw children being sacrificed, I forgave parents, I bosomed bones, I let skeletons hug one another, I led parents underground to where they could smell their offspring.” How deep? Six feet? Who knows—no inscription to help; Phoenician history has been wiped off by romance.

Classius Secundus found the inscription and instantly spotted Scipio. Soldier recognizing the soldier.

Looked up Malouf on the web, heard the music. Tunisian, influenced by the Ottoman. Too familiar to be interesting, too... human and too boring: It’s in the name—Malouf: normal, familiar, customary.

Malouf is music to a qasidah.

Perhaps it was an ode that she, the Ancient Carthage, needed to hear. An ode to her grace, to motherhood. The mother tongue.

14 04 2014

Follow-up on The Following

İkinci sezonda, izleyende bilgiçliği kışkırtmaya yönelik senarist hesabı seçiliyor.
Ryan Hardy: Şövalyeliğinin dinamiğini “keşfetmeye” ara ver, ABD-FBI bağlamınıdan kopar, Kadir İnanır karikatürü.
Joe Carroll: Klinik Psikolojiye Giriş, habis narsizm vaka örneği.
Heyecanımızı ruh tahlili yaptığımız hissine kapılmamıza dayamışlar; kolaya kaçmışlar.
Hesap tutmuş ki izliyoruz.
Üstelik, ilk sezona da kusur bulmuşum:

26 03 2014

Brief note on data maps and big data

As with all statistical results (inductive conclusions), network “maps” are commonly interpreted as facts (absolutely correct statements, true propositions).

Thus, conclusions drawn from “mapped” data are usually mistaken for scientific facts.

This tendency is probably based on the common presumption that quantitative (numerical) statements are more reliable.

In fact, quantification is no more than replacing impresion and narrative by measurement, and measurement per se is neither precise nor reliable by definition.
An important mediator and a potential source of bias: Relevance to practice, i.e. decision-making—with varying degrees of social economic cultural impact. Possible alternatives for the purpose of data collection—and mapping big data:   

-          Applicable to policy-making, i.e. “translational”—the procedure of “translation” presents additional logical/mathematical challenge, since translation, by definition, involves induction, generalization.
-          Remotely, if at all, associated with policy-making
-          Built specifically to inform policy-making

2 03 2014

Şiir hayatla...

... müterafık değil. (1)
'Şiir hayatla müterafık değildir' demek için şiirin dışına çıkmak lazım. (2) [Düz sıradan konuşma yazma diline.]
İyi şairler, o gündelik dili çat pat konuşup yazıyorlar. (3)

Öyle işte. Söyleyeyim dedim.

Talepkâr şeyler 02

Kirden parladım, sonra tedbirli bir tercümeyle yetindim. Temizliğin çiğliğinden yüzüm kızardı.