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Philosophy, Religion, Esoteric, Occult / Hugh B. Urban, Secrecy
« Last post by forbitals 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
« Last post by forbitals 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
« Last post by forbitals 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.
« Last post by forbitals 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.
« Last post by forbitals 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)
Computers, Math, Science, Technology / Re: Thomas Remy Cuthbert Jr.
« Last post by forbitals on March 23, 2022, 04:58:36 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.
Philosophy, Religion, Esoteric, Occult / Sex Magicians
« Last post by forbitals on March 18, 2022, 05:17:03 pm »
SEX Magicians
Michael William West (2021)
Destiny Books, a division of Inner Traditions
forward by Hannah Haddix

Michael William West is an author and filmmaker from Paris France.  Student of the occult and practitioner of left-hand traditions for almost 20 years.  Writes for A Void magazine and released the film, 9 Circles: Limbo.

Jeff Healy

What are the Freemasons and other Societies Hiding.
Philosophy, Religion, Esoteric, Occult / Gnostic Mysteries of Sex
« Last post by forbitals on March 10, 2022, 02:45:18 pm »
Gnostic Mysteries of Sex
Tobias Churton
Inner Traditions (2015)

Churton is interesting and his books are a bit challenging.  I had read much of this about 5 years ago.

Computers, Math, Science, Technology / Thomas Remy Cuthbert Jr.
« Last post by forbitals on March 05, 2022, 02:01:56 pm »
I want here to add some references which Thomas Remy Cuthbert Jr. does not make:
The Shanmugam book I could not find.  Availability today may be limited:Shanmugam, K. Sam 
Digital and analog communication systems / K. Sam Shanmugam ( 1979 ) but has other books too.

And then Cuthbert deals a lot with filtering and ladder networks:
Lam, Harry Y. F., 1944-
Analog and digital filters : design and realization / Harry Y-F. Lam
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, c1979

Analog and digital filters : design and realization / Harry Y-F. Lam (1979)
* and available for used purchase

Ralph J. Smith

Charles A. Holt
Good book.  He also has an electromagnetism book

William Hayt, also good

Newer one than what Cuthbert references: Ramo, Whinnery, and Van Duzer, this is also very good, 1975

Johnk, Carl T. A. (Carl Theodore Adolf), 1919- 
Engineering electromagnetic fields and waves / [by] Carl T. A. Johnk.
Communication systems : an introduction to signals and noise in electrical communication / A. Bruce Carlson  ( 1986, but goes back further and up to 2002 )

Frederick, Dean K., 1934- 
 Title Linear systems in communication and control / Dean K. Frederick and A. Bruce Carlson ( goes back far like 1971 )
Oppenheim, Alan V., 1937- 
  Signals and systems / Alan V. Oppenheim, Alan S. Willsky with Ian T. Young
and his other book about Digital Filtering

Lyons, Richard G., 1948- 
 Understanding digital signal processing / Richard G. Lyons.
This is a bit of an overview, lighter on math, kind of book.

Simon Haykin, Active Network Theory, his 5th book.   Read through
chapter 4.  Has formal matrix theory for going from element lists and
then having matrix descriptions to indicate what connects to what.
Extensive formal theory for this!
So in the Haykin book I am ready to start chapter 5.  More 2 port
network properties.  It's going to talk about reciprocity.   Then there
will be a chapter about scattering parameters.

The book does deal with gyrators, negative impedance converters, and
inverse negative impedance converters.  These, along with mutually
coupled inductors are the 4 unusual type of matrix two ports.
Active network theory / [by] S. S. Haykin. (1970)
Deals with node and loop equations.  But this book is not really using
standard terminology.   Haykin is at McMaster Univ.

Then also State Variables approach!
Charles A. Holt book, and M. E. Vanvalkenberg

Active and passive analog filter design : an introduction / Lawrence P. Huelsman. (1993)  This guy had written a huge number of books, but Cuthbert does not mention him
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News, Politics, and General / Re: Gifted Education
« Last post by forbitals on February 16, 2022, 01:55:55 pm »
So continuing with:

Genius Denied, by Jan and Bob Davidson, 2004

Their bibliography is long and it includes most of the voices in the Gifted Movement.  And it is interesting to me that this movement, with its multiple publishing companies and numerous journals, for the most part is in a high degree of agreement.  So I want to list some of these voice here:

Gifted Movement voices I like:

Barbara Clark
Barbara Kerr
Nicholas Colangelo
Felice Kaufmann ( in Alabama)
James Curtis Gowan (was at what would become CSU Northridge)
Linda Silverman
James T. Webb (much of his work is in response to a prominent teen suicide)
Joanne Rand Whitmore

Gifted Movement voices I do not like:

Sally M. Reis
Sylvia Rimm
Karen B. Rogers (Minnesota, St. Thomas University)
Lewis Terman

Gifted Movement voices I have not yet read, but plan to:

Susan Assouline
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Deirdre V. Lovecky
Rena F. Subotnik
Stephanie Tolan
Leta Hollingworth
Victor and Mildred G. Goertzel (1962)
Miraca Gross

And Also of Note

Harold Bloom
Howard Gardner
Richard Hofstader, "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life 1962
Diane Ratvitch (education expert from Houston, strong opponent of No Child Left Behind)
John Vasconcelles  (retired CA State Senator, known for focusing on the concept of self-esteem in education, something the Right and some voices in the Gifted Movement take exception to)

And on page 62 the Davidson's say,

Gifted kids are acutely aware that they are different.  The most confident ones shrug it off, but more wonder "What's wrong with me?"  This question rarely leads to a positive self-concept.  The more precocious the child, the worse the disconnect becomes.  The most highly gifted face what gifted education's Miraca Gross calls a "forced-choice dilemma": achevement or friendship.  Gifted children often hide their intelligence to blend in.  Those who choose achievement must learn to live with having only a few good friends, who tend to be several years older.  ... Many radically accelerated gifted children discover that being years younger than classmates makes them less strange than being years older intellectually.

But we can just disregard this and listen to "Autism/Aspergers/Neurodiversity" advocate John Elder Robison, "They don't owe you an accomodation", as he is getting strapped in for his next zap from the transcranial magnet.
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