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Computers, Math, Science, Technology / Music Maker
« on: September 15, 2022, 12:52:43 pm »
Music Maker

School of Rock Kansas City Do It Again (early Steele Dan, before their signature harmony.  For so many years they would play this on the radio just about non-stop)

The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirtuality by Angel Miller, Inner Traditions.

Neat picture of cover of 8 pointed diagram.

Craftsman - Warrior - Magician

endorsement from Mitch Horowitz

Millar writes and lectures on Freemasonry.

In My Dreams -- School of Rock

Look what I just found:

So Deleuze and Guattari are clear that clinical mental illness is created in the mental health system, its the drugs and its the talk therapy.

But they do say that there is one genuine mental illness, Neuroticism, and it is incurable and it is fatal.

Well, Dabrowski decimates the conventional notions of mental health. He describes that as psychoneurosis.

His idea of Positive Disintegration is something which is happening on multiple levels simultaneously. So there is always intense flux.

And it is always the disintegration of biologically determined and social conformity drive structures. So there is this biologically determined mental development.

Then there is this autonomous mental development, which is what we want. Transends the demands of biology and social norms.

Then there is also this one-sided mental development which is anti-social. It is egocentric and manifests in crime and paranoia.

Dabrowski takes apart the views that Mental Health is the absence of mental disorders or is a state of psychological integration.

Dabrowski's ideas revolve around his concept of Overexcitability.

He writes in 1970:

[Overexcitability] first provokes conflicts, disappointments, suffering in familily life, in school, in professional life--in short, it leads to conflicts with the external environment. Overexcitability also provokes inner conflicts as well as the means by which these convlicts can be overcome. Second, overexcitability precipitates psychoneurotic processes, and, third, conflicts and psychoneurotic processes become the dominant factor in accelerated development.

Dabrowski called a lot of this "positive infantilism" or "positive immaturity", and this is all associated with creativity and accelerated development.

And so inner conflicts and frustrations are inherent in positive disintegration. And so one with high developmental potential will become more introspective, more aware of possible choices and consequently, more conscious of different levels--higher and lower--in his or her feelings, thoughts and behavior. In his or her feelings, thoughts, and behavior. In these internally and often externally tumultuous conditions, such an individual "introduces into his life a new controlling factor, where higher feelings [being to control] the lower forms of instinctual, emotional and congnitive functions".

So Michael M. Piechowski was the one who really promoted Dabrowski in the Gifted Movement.

Theory of Positive Disintegration, in Dabrowski's theory, personality is not a fixed, universal attribute; personality must be shaped -- created -- by an individual to reflect his or her own unique character. Positive disintegration, the process by which personality is achieved, is a twofold process of: (1) disintegration of a primitive mental organization aimed at gratifying biological needs and mindlessly conforming to societal norms, and (2) re-integration at a higher level of functioning, in which the individual transcends biological determinism and becomes autonomous. Personality, shaped by positive disintegration, develops primarily as a result of the action of developmental potential, which is a constitutional endowment that includes overexcitability--a high level of reactivity of the central nervous system, and dynamisms--autonomous inner forces, assumed to be normally distributed in the population.

Dabrowski to an interest in Rudolph Steiner's Anthroposophy and in Alice Baily (Theosophy UK). Parasychology and Eastern studies,and he practiced meditation daily.

He saw emotions as directing forces of development.

Got into areas covered by DSM., things he came to call Psychoneurosis. And he said, Psychoneurosis is not an illness.

These serve the transition from lower to higher development by generating the disintegration process.

Reading about Dabrowski here and knowning that his first major English language book was in 1964, I can see that being trained as a psychiatrist what Dabrowski was doing was serving as an anti-psychiatrist, in the same manner and Frantz Fanon, R. D. Laing, and D. G. Cooper.

Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration
Sal Mendalio editor.

Great Potential Press, Scotsdale AZ 2008.

Now GPP is a major Gifted Movement Publisher, and Dabrowski is very highly thought of in the Gifted Movement.

He was a Polish Psychiatry, tortured by the first the Nazi's and then by the Communists.

He came to Canada and to the US and he had work groups and students, and many of these wrote the chapters in this book. I recognize some of the names.

Michael M. Piechowski, Linda Kreger Silverman, Nicholas Colangelo.

Now, what exactly is Positive Disintegration? I have long wanted to know. I will have to read it to find out.

Philosophy, Religion, Esoteric, Occult / Colors of Chaos Magick
« on: July 14, 2022, 03:14:01 pm »

So this is not all just Peter J. Carroll, it is from a number of sources.  As I see that, it means that I can change it.

Octarine* – Pure Magic
Black – Death
Blue – Wealth
Green – Love
Yellow – Ego
Purple – Sex
Orange – Thinking
Red – War

So I am going to have 4 on the up tetrahedron and 4 on the down.


Octarine* – Pure Magic

Blue – Wealth
Green – Love

Orange – Thinking


Black – Death

Yellow – Ego
Purple – Sex

Red – War

News, Politics, and General / Re: Gifted Education
« on: June 23, 2022, 04:24:02 pm »
Want to know how people used to think about things and they used to talk about things?  Then you have to read the old books.

The Education and Guidance of the Ablest

John Curtis Gowan and George D. Demos

Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Springfield Illinois (1964)

500 pages on surprisingly thick paper

Gowan taught at what would become CSU Northridge and Demos taught at what would become CSU Long Beach

News, Politics, and General / Tracking Wars
« on: June 13, 2022, 07:07:46 pm »
The Tracking Wars
State Reform
Meets School Policy

Tom Loveless

Brookings Institution Press 1998

I was expecting that Tom Loveless would have been a parent of a child in the Gifted Program. It is usually they who are the most adamant about defending tracking. So I was expecting I would be reading the suburban real estate section of the news paper.

But no, Loveless taught for 9 years in CA public schools. Then he went to U Chicago to do a doctorate. The work for this book started with his thesis.

As Loveless explains, the Anti-Tracking Movement started in CA and MA, and a little bit in NV and MD. And it was mostly because of the Jeannie Oakes book, Keeping Track (1985), and also because of Annie Wheelock in MA.

I talk about reading the Oakes book before.

Other Loveless books?

Yes, about Math scores.

Loveless also invoked the work of this John Kingdon, to explain how untracking became such a political issue:

Agendas, alternatives, and public policies / John W. Kingdon. (1995)

Basically decades after Brown v Board we still have this racial achievement gap.

And so there was a hunt for the cause and it looked like the cause was school tracking. This was mainly coming from Jeannie Oakes and her UCLA mentors.

And yes, decades ago tracking was done by IQ tests and it was quite racially driven. But this is not the case today.

And going back to the 19th century, organized labor originally opposed having vocational programs in high schools.

By the 1890's though organized labor changed positions. They were strongly committed to having vocational programs in high schools, as they have remained ever since.

They'd seen the rise private trade schools, and they did not want support siphoned away from the public schools. They say the public schools as the best opportunity for economic advancement for their own children.

And this was before there we IQ tests!.

Now, the efforts to remove tracking have only gone so far. In urban schools you have had the most untracking, and it is the remedial programs which have most likely gotten cut. Suburban schools still have the most tracking.

The subjects most tracked, in order are:


And then English Dept's are quite receptive to untracking. It is Math where there is the most commitment to tracking.

Even Oakes talks about this, when you untrack, what you often go to are cooperative learning enviroments, and these often involve team teaching and oversize classes.

To me this sounds like stuff shown in the movies To Sir With Love and Black Board Jungle.

If you want world class knowledge, even putting aside concerns about college, these types of exercises do not do it.

And also I would say that the Gifted Movement is not supposed to mean a top track. The original idea was of some few students who really stand out. And then what is usually wanted are things like AP classes, grade acceleration, and early college entrance.

AP is like a top track, but the other stuff is not.

There was also this Middle School Movement. This was teachers who did not want jr high to be like high school. They wanted it to be more like elementary school. So they sent the 9th graders to high school, and then often they extended the lowest grade do to the 5th.

They wanted it all untracked and they wanted generally qualified teachers, not narrow subject specialization.

ANd then of the racial achievement gap, it got to an all time low in the late 80's.

BUt then it started widening again. Is this untracking or school defunding or the rise of charter schools?

Public schools are still the best for achieving equality and tracking, or at least ability grouping, is part of how this is accomplished.

Industrial Concerns / Enterprise Resource Planning
« on: May 31, 2022, 07:06:17 pm »

Philosophy, Religion, Esoteric, Occult / Hugh B. Urban, Secrecy
« on: May 21, 2022, 03:05:52 pm »
Hugh B. Urban
Silence, Power, and Religion

Urban is at TheOSU and is supremely qualified to write about a subject like this.

He acknowledges April DeConick, at Rice University, Houston.

some of his refs:
Sisella Bok, Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation (1983)

He starts off talking about Albert Pike, co-founder of the KKK and Scottish Rite Masons.

He will also talk about the Neo-Nazi Turner Diaries, and lots of other stuff.  And he will talk about Blavatsky.

But here he talks about Maria de Naglowska:


Georges Bataille, Erotism: Death and Sensuality (City Lights 1986)

Donald Traxler, translating Naglowska's "The Light of Sex, Initiation Magic, and Sacrament (Inner Traditions)

Marc Pluquet "La Sophiale: Maria de Neaglowska (Inner Traditions)

Man Ray, a surrealist

News, Politics, and General / Multiple Menu Model
« on: April 21, 2022, 02:05:35 pm »
The Multiple Menu Model
A Practical Guide for Developing Differentiated Curriculum
Joseph S. Renzulli etal, Forward by Carol Ann Tomlinson

What this book describes is interesting, and they do prescribe that there be college level textbooks available.  It is a flexible multi subject curriculum.   And clearly it is easier for students to engage with and better for students in the lower and middle tracks.

Renzulli and Tomlinson are the ones the Un-Tracking advocates cite as saying that common classrooms are better for the Gifted too.

This is hard to see evidence of.  A child who is committed to graduate level studies in a competitive university would not even want to waste their time in these kinds of classes.  They want to arrive at the university better prepared than any other students, and they want advanced placement.  For them education is competitive, and they know what things they will need to know and what books show all of this.  They will want to make progress everyday.  This more cooperative program that Renzulli and Tomlinson are showing does not support this adequately.

other by these authors

Light up your Child's MindLight up your Child's Mind, Book
Finding A Unique Pathway to Happiness and Success
by Renzulli, Joseph S. (2009)

Enriching curriculum for all students / Joseph S. Renzulli, Sally M. Reis (2008)

Differentiation for gifted and talented students / Carol Ann Tomlinson, editor (2004)

I have much more I must read.

News, Politics, and General / Pandemic Inc
« on: April 12, 2022, 02:50:40 pm »
“Pandemic, Inc.”: J. David McSwane on Chasing Capitalists & Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick

Pandemic, Inc.: Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick
J. David McSwane

Mcswane, J. David (2022)

Computers, Math, Science, Technology / Re: Thomas Remy Cuthbert Jr.
« on: March 25, 2022, 04:39:49 pm »
Thomas Cuthbert's references

Forsythe, G. E. (1970) mention of an article about pitfalls in computation, why a math book is not enough

Maron (1982) Numerical Analysis a Practical Approach
Numerical analysis : a practical approach / Melvin J. Maron, Robert J. Lopez (1991 2nd ed)
* widely distributed

Traub (1964) Iterative Methods for the Solution of Equations
widely distributed

Wilkinson (1963) Rounding Errors in Algebraic Processes

Kelma V. C., and A. J. Laub (1980) about the singular value decomposition...

Noble B. (1969) Applied Linear Algebra
Applied linear algebra / Ben Noble and James W. Daniel. (1988 3rd edition)

Murray (1972)  Numerical Methods for Unconstrained Optimization
Numerical methods for unconstrained optimization / edited by W. Murray (1972)
*  widely disseminated

Nash (1979) Compact Numerical Methods for Computers
Compact numerical methods for computers : linear algebra and function minimisation / J.C. Nash. (1990)

Gill, P. E., and Murry and Wright (1981) Practical Optimization
Numerical methods for constrained optimization / edited by P. E. Gill and W. Murray. (1974)

Bellman (1960)
Introduction to matrix analysis / Richard Bellman. (SIAM 1997 2nd edition)

Jennings (1977) Matrix Computations for Engineers and Scientists
Matrix computation for engineers and scientists / Alan Jennings (1977)

Introduction to matrices and linear transformations, by Daniel T. Finkbeiner, II (1966 2nd ed)
*  widely disseminated

McCalla, T. R. (1967) Introduction to Numerical Methods and FORTRAN

Computational methods in elementary numerical analysis / J. Ll Morris (1983)
*  widely disseminated

Solving least squares problems / [by] Charles L. Lawson [and] Richard J. Hanson. (1974)

A first course in numerical analysis / Anthony Ralston, Philip Rabinowitz (1978 2nd ed)

Nonlinear programming : sequential unconstrained minimization techniques / Anthony V. Fiacco, Garth P. McCormick. (SIAM 1990 2nd ed)

Matrix computations / Gene H. Golub, Charles F. Van Loan (2013 4th ed)

Advanced calculus / Wilfred Kaplan. (1973 2nd ed, has other books too)

Nonlinear and dynamic programming / by G. Hadley. (1964)
* widely disseminated

Foundations of optimization [by] Douglass J. Wilde [and] Charles S. Beightler (1967)

The art of computer programming / [by] Donald E. Knuth. (1968 3 volumes)

Practical methods of optimization / R. Fletcher. (1987 2 volumes)

Himmelblau, D. M. , Applied Nonlinear Programming (1972)
Applied nonlinear programming [by] David M. Himmelblau (1972)

also note

Numerical linear algebra with applications : using MATLAB / by William Ford. (2015)
0 now

Foundations of optimization / Osman Güler (2010)

Computers, Math, Science, Technology / Re: Thomas Remy Cuthbert Jr.
« on: March 24, 2022, 06:17:15 pm »
Optimization Using Personal Computers
With Applications to Electrical Networks
John Wily and Sons 1987

Thomas R. Cuthbert Jr., his second book, and he is now

Director, Digital Signal Processing
Collins Transmission System Division
Rockwell International Corporation
Dallas Texas

Thomas Remy Cuthbert, born 1928

Now this book, like his prior, has a really stupid title. But never mind the math in this is really good and I have long wanted to read it.

Cuthbert has got a card in the book where in 1987 you could send $30 to Wiley and get a 5 1/4 DSDD floppy with all 33 of the BASICA programs, plus some test data.

Lots of references, but different from his other book.

Curtbert gives refences for Problem matrices, not maybe singular, but still problematic, and for other data too.

first of all Knuth 1968, Art of Computer Programming. And matrix types, Vandermonde, Combinatorial, Cauchy, Hilbert

and then Nash 1979 Compact Numerical Methods for Computers: Linear Algebra and Function Administration

matrix types: Hilbert, Ding Dong, Moler, Bordered, Diagonal, Wilkinson W+, Ones

Dongarra, J. J., C B. Moler etal (1979) LINPACK User's Guide, SIAM

Smith (1976) and Garbow (1977) document the EISPACK eigensystem

Hopper (1981) Harwell Subroutine Library. United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

Compact numerical methods for computers : linear algebra and function minimisation / J.C. Nash. (1990 2nd edition)

So this seems to be a pivotal reference,

Smith, Boyle, Dongarra, Garbow, Ikebe, Kelma etal
Matrix Eigensystem Routines, Springer-Verlag, 1976

Matrix eigensystem routines : EISPACK guide / B. T. Smith [and others] 1976

also available is a 1977 extension guide

And Cuthbert's book:

Optimization Using Personal Computers: With Applications to Electrical Networks Hardcover – January 1, 1987
by Thomas R. Cuthbert

Courant, R. (1936) Differential and Integral Calculus, Wiley

Differential and integral calculus / by R. Courant ; translated by E. J. McShane. (1937 2nd edition)

And he has other books too.

I like old books like this because I can see how they likely explained things differently.

Continuing with Cuthbert:

Optimization Using Personal Computers
With Applications to Electrical Networks
John Wily and Sons 1987

Cuthbert p14

He sites:

Acton, F. S. (1970) Numerical Methods That Work
Numerical methods that work / Forman S. Acton. (Mathematical Association of America 1990)
* widely disseminated

Cuthbert quotes Acton:

minimum-seeking methods are often used when a modicum of thought would disclose more appropriate techniques. They are the first refuge of the computational scoundrel, and one feels at times that the world would be a better place if they were quietly abandoned. ... The unpleasant fact that the approach can well require 10 to 100 times as much computation as methods more specific to the problem is ignored -- for who can tell what is being done by the computer?

I have seen this first hand. Curthbert is writing in 1987. A lot of this correlates to the popularity of personal computers and to the rise of some software vendors who's names I will not speak.

They promote idiocy. And wasting computer cycles is not by itself that important. The problem is that the entire approach to the problem at hand is completely wrong headed. And then the simulation program becomes a child's busy box, a video game. And the well paid people who are running this are just glorified script files. The simulation program serves as a division of labor, as there will be one pit boss who gives the orders, and then minions who carry it out. Very very little smarts is being used, and what results is usually completely appropriate, but they will never understand this.

I am embarrassed to admit that I know how many millions of dollars a company can blow through doing this. And I know there are large sectors of industry which are entirely like this.

I have seen things like this in human behavior all along. But this specific kind of stuff pertaining to computer simulations I first learned of reading discussion way way back about the race for the 64k DRAM chips. The US firms lost and Japan won. One analysis explained that in the US modelling and simulations some wrong assumptions had been made. But 95% of those doing the design and simulations were not even aware that there were such assumptions.

These people, they just know that if they continue being good frat boys, then they will continue to get paid and continue to have social approval. This is about all they are good for. They understand things in terms of buzz words, but they don't have an in depth understanding of how the ideas developed, what really is at issue, or of what the limitations are in the analysis. They don't understand the assumptions behind the buzz words.

So continuing on with Thomas Remy Cuthbert jr. 1987

So he gives us a function F in the variables x and y. So he shows a graph of F rising over the x and y plane. There are 4 local maxima and 3 saddle points.

The function he gives us in that that complex, but it seems to be just an example to give us the idea.

So he talks about partial derivates and then he talks about approximating the maxima by a parabola in two variables.

Not sure why you really need to do this here, and he does not go into the math to do this, but he has 33 BASICA programs to do it.

I think if the function F were something for which each point required lengthy simulations, then by using the 2d parabolic approximation you might be able to get a satisfactory result more quickly.

Himmelblau, D. M. (1972) Applied Nonlinear Programming, McGraw Hill

Applied nonlinear programming [by] David M. Himmelblau (1972)

Himmelblau has other books oriented towards numerics for Chemical Engineering.

And Nonlinear Programming is the description of all this preferred by Cuthbert.

Gilbert Strang, Linear Algebra 1976, read just a couple of months ago.

And Cuthbert idenfies himself as being with Collins Radio Company, Texas Instruments, and Rockwell International and he signs his preface as being in Plano Texas.

He acknowledges Karl R. Varan. Our local Varian?

Davidson, W. C. (1959) wrote books about this, but not standard publishing.

In 1847 Cauchy described the method of steepest ascent.

Traub, J. F. (1964) Iterative Method for the Solution of Equations
Iterative methods for the solution of equations / [by] J.F. Traub. (1964)

and also note:

Information, uncertainty, complexity / J.F. Traub, G.W. Wasilkowski, H. Woźniakowski (1983)

Lootsman, F. A. (1972) Numerical Methods for Nonlinear Optimization
Numerical methods for non-linear optimization : Conference sponsored by the Science Research Council, University of Dundee, Scotland, 1971 / Edited by F. A. Lootsma.
* a conference digest

Vlach J. and K. Singhal(1983) Computer Methods for Circuit Analysis and Design
Computer methods for circuit analysis and design / Jiří Vlach, Kishore Singhal (1983)

Dixon, L. C. W. (1972) Nonlinear Optimization

Practical methods of optimization / R. Fletcher (1980) 2 volumes

Selected applications of nonlinear programming / [by] Jerome Bracken and Garth P. McCormick.
Imprint New York : Wiley, [1968]

Compact numerical methods for computers : linear algebra and function minimisation / J.C. Nash. (1990 second edition)

Methods for solving systems of nonlinear equations / Werner C. Rheinboldt (1998 2nd ed)

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