Sunday, September 24, 2017

Thoughts on Teleportation

At the suggestion of Dr. Michio Kaku, I would start out with an attempt to teleport something small. The first step would be to transport the essence of a solid object, not an image, like an examinable Death Star in Star Wars, except that one could do something like put their hand in the beam, and viola a temporary copy object would be created, at the receiving end.

I would expect to teleport using direction, essentially a vector that disappears in the same trajectory.  Picture teleportation as sending stuff through the internet. Remember the old days of zip files? The object would be packed as some sort of a zip file, and then beamed to a specific part of creation, specifically a receptor, probably a large magnet that would shatter the information, a fragile file, back into constructing itself in the desired form, a more robust file, such as a living being.

Maybe have an electrical interface on the teleportee's hand while inside of a scanning machine to facilitate transport or something and when they want to be teleported they just plug into a computer and then as packed molecules they go to the destination set for travel through the internet, and via magnet the computer intelligently unpacks them as if they were a zipped file.

Teleportation via hardwiring would almost certainly come before beaming anything from one place to a different place.

As I see it, we are data, and by that I mean that we are as a puzzle, so even the soul would somehow have to be coded for, meaning coding for variability. In fact, most of the body would need to have some variability coded for beyond what is already set in place by DNA. So to travel we would have to morph into a more compact puzzle for transit (right now to my knowledge we are only able to send electrons to code for that puzzle), and don't forget, we are 3 or more dimensional puzzles. For instance DNA carries much of the information by which we are constructed, and that at some point in the future, we might be able to transmit our entire body and genetic code for 3d unpackaging.

It would be a world where instead telephoning people, or using the 2d internet, we could actually travel to meet up with people with minimal need for traditional travel. For example, we wouldn't need airplanes.

Right now the idea of teleporting a human is absurd. However, we might be able to teleport something small, such as a strand of DNA. And, then a cell. It would be a long way to the trillion or so cells that humans have, but I think if we are able to transport 1 cell, that would be one of the greatest steps. Yet, in my lifetime we went from bytes, to kilobytes, to megabytes. Last time I checked, terabyte drives were still available. I think we could do it. Given this rapid expansion that has occurred in only a few years.

Also, this idea presents the potential for profit, such as reliability of transit.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

4 Years of Grading Bullies High School Students

This is something I said years ago.  Giving grades, term after term, and year after year doesn't help. The grading system is the equivalent of bullying high school students.  It's no wonder why students choose to get high on drugs to cope with the grading system.  Not only that, but the grading system focuses too much on speed of learning, and not enough on long term memory, and real life problem solving.

I had no idea how bad it was until I worked at the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, where Scientists, most of them with post doctoral degrees, needed reminders of the basics when it came time for peer reviewing other scientists.  If it is bad at a place that is considered more reputable than the Ivy Leagues, why haven't we put more effort in things such as study skills for the college bound folk?

Please teachers and professors of all kinds, stop focusing on how fast, and instead focus on retention related skills.  If it goes into the mind for a test, and pops out before the end of not just a semester, but after several years, that is something that should be taken into strong consideration.

The real test is should be one you can't prepare for, but comes at a completely random time.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Gypsy Moths Causing Evolution

On the subject of the fossil record, I wonder if the strata may be caused by invasive species causing punctuated equilibrium, instead of phyletic gradualism. This probably puts me in the minority because vocal scientists like Richard Dawkins seem to ignore punctuated equilibrium, favoring phyletic gradualism. This occurs to me because right now the trees around my house are covered in gypsy moths, such that it occurs to me that the death of trees over a hundred or perhaps a thousand years may appear as an actual geological stratum, or even strata. With modernity, if humans are still alive, and some say we won't be, there may be a time that we can discover this by studying patterns in creation of new species (given punctuated equilibrium new species would always be invasive), and migrant species, such as birds, bringing new species that are invasive.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Alex’s 2nd New Awesome Chess Variant

  1. On each turn, player flips a coin or roll a six-sided die.
  2. If a player flips a heads, or rolls an even number, then he or she gets to take two turns.
  3. If a player flips a tails, or rolls an odd number, then he or she only takes one turn.
  4. If a player is to take two turns and is put in check, or checkmate on the first turn, then he or she may sacrifice a pawn. This nullifies the status of the king.
  5. The rest of the rules are the same.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

To Introduce Wild Animals for Ecologic Healing


It is no secret that humans have possibly stressed the environment beyond repair.
We are currently in the middle of a mass extinction because of human misdeeds.
I presuppose that it is a fallacy to believe that humans can never help ecosystems.  The suggested fallacy many believe, heaven forfend, is that it is human activity by nature makes us in a way that we humans must permanently destroy more than we are able to mend due to human iniquities.  It is time for humanity to step up and take more effort to do good by nature because too often we wait, which causes dreaded population bottlenecks for species, making recovery even harder because it diminishes necessary antifragile genetic variability to a population.

If we reach out, we should not fear that animals will become dependent on our support.  We as humans should think of helping animals succeed as a job, and in addition humans should demand pay for such work, as wild animal breeders, such that wild animal breeding could be both a job creator and a human niche.
While not optimal, I believe that it could still be good to help both suffering species and non-endangered species.  Too often humans have waited to the extent that our activity creates a population bottleneck.  Rather, I suggest that we breed animals, especially harmless animals, with the hope of having them enter their natural niche out of captivity.

I even suggest that with the help of scientific research, in order to fight the toll of invasive species, possibly we could also safely introduce more invasive species, except the new invasive species, would be less troublesome, as they would be natural predators functioning to reduce the total damage done to indigenous species.   

In the future, we may end up having to help species in a multifaceted battlefront, including efforts to reduce toxic carbon emissions.  This is job #1 for humanity today.  We need to step up to the plate and assume a role of encouraging bio-friendly activities that heal the world, rather than giving up on ideals.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Spelling: In Favor of More Inclusive Dictionaries

When it comes to spelling, I hate vowels.  In English, the correct spelling of too many words hangs on vowels that usually don’t affect the meaning of the word, although there is a great difference in some words as affect, and effect.  In a definition, the vowel letters can be trivial and stumbling blocks even for someone who is well educated.  So what’s holding us back from accepting multiple spellings of words, such that we rewrite our English dictionaries, including multiple spellings of words like difference and, differance, or tomorrow, and tomarrow, etc.?

Monday, December 19, 2016

Newly Invented #Chess #Checkers Variant

By Alex and Craig Hamilton

Board Setup:  One player plays with chess pieces.  The other player has checkers pieces.

For the player with chess pieces:
  • There is the same number of chess pieces, 16, for the player who has chess pieces.
  • The King is white, and he goes on his color.  The Queen is black, and she goes on her color.
  • Each chess piece, black or white, goes on it’s color.  For example, the Castle on the right side of the board is white, while the Castle on the left side of the board is black.
  • The chess pieces move and capture as they would in a normal game of chess.
  • The way for the chess player to win is to eliminate all of the checkers on the board.

For the player with checkers:
  • In this variant, the checkers player controls 36 checkers.
  • These 36 checkers cover the the checkers player’s entire half of the board.
  • Each checker goes on it’s color, black or red.
  • The player with checkers plays opposite the side of the player with chess pieces.
  • The checkers move as checkers normally move.
  • The way for the checkers player to win is to put the chess player’s King in checkmate.

Please note:  There are 2 tokens used in the checker player’s that represent two missing red checkers.