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- 04:39am May 21, 2002 EST (#2332
Author : Richard Feynman (Nobel Prize winner)
There are the rushing waves
mountains of molecules
stupidly minding its own business
forming white surf in unison
Ages on ages
before any eyes
year after year
thunderously pounding the shore as
For whom, for what?
On a dead planet
with no life to
Never at rest
tortured by energy
wasted prodigiously by
poured into space
A mite makes the sea roar
in the sea
all molecules repeat
the patterns of one another
till complex new ones are formed.
They make others like
and a new dance starts
Growing in size and
masses of atoms
dancing a pattern ever more intricate
Out of the cradle
onto dry land
here it is standing
atoms with consciousness
matter with curiousity
Stands at the sea
wonders at wondering: I
a universe of
an atom in the universe.
- 09:35am May 21, 2002 EST (#2333
5/20/02 9:52pm .... Thanks! What happened to me was a very
American thing - with aspects in gross conflict with ideals
Americans hold dear in other ways. It seems to me, overall, that
I've done, especially in the last 3 years, exactly what Casey would
have advised and wanted -- and that considering the difficulties,
many things have gone well.
I'm hopeful, and trying to be careful.
How I wish I could be debriefed face to face ! It would be ideal,
now, I believe, to have it done before witnesses NOT in the
government. . . . That would take funding - and ideally would be
done by academics (perhaps including grad students) at a university
that is neither the University of Wisconsin, nor Johns Hopkins -- by
academics with CLOSE contacts with the New York Times. Too much to
hope for, perhaps -- maybe even too much to dream of. But it would
serve my interest, and I believe, the national interest and world
interest, as well.
Casey was terribly concerned, eloquently concerned, thoughtfully
concerned with some of the issues of information handling manjumicha2001
5/20/02 9:52pm speaks of - - and some of what I did was a
"penetration" of the US society, as if it were a foreign society, to
try to find some things out. Many of the things I was asked to find
out, I did. Not everybody will like all the answers - be we'd be
safer if more people knew them.
I'm being careful, and taking a little time. A key question to
ask, again and again, is
. How do you check?
What do you really know if you don't check?
If those questions were asked competently, and thought of
reasonably, we'd all be considerably safer, and somewhat richer,
I think the OpEd pages in the last few days have been great - and
I remain a big fan of Paul Krugman. Also a big fan of WuDunn's
husband. (I'd like to meet WuDunn, ideally with a chaperone, to
discuss to context of a story she covered about TV show generated
epilepsy in Japan a few years ago.)
I'm taking time to feel rested, and think carefully - and trying
to be constructive.
- 09:46am May 21, 2002 EST (#2334
A Modified Equation for Neural Conductance and Resonance
starts with this:
Recently, a Japanese television cartoon broadcast bright and
repetitive T.V. screen flashes. Many hundreds of children and adults
who saw the cartoon had epileptic seizures that resulted in hospital
visits(1). More than ten thousand children, and many adults, seem to
have been affected(2). The cartoon makers accidentally repeated
experiments that are discussed below(3). None of the children who
watched the cartoon seems to have been permanently hurt. Even so,
this event underscored again the need to reconsider the differential
equation now used to describe passive neural conduction.
1 Sheryl WuDunn "TV Cartoon's Flashes send 700 Japanese into
Seizures" The New York Times, December 18, 1997.
2. Sheryl WuDunn "Japan TV to Act Against Seizure-Causing Cartoon
Flashes" The New York Times, December 20, 1997.
. . .
Taking time to be careful.
- 10:08am May 21, 2002 EST (#2335
If what I suggest in rshow55
5/21/02 9:35am or rshow55
5/21/02 9:46am are hard for the New York Times -- then
journalists ought to consider other responses, in addition to moral
indignation, when they think of rigidities at the FBI, the CIA, or
We are facing some common problems here.
Common challenges. Common solutions. And a common need for human
tolerance if anything is to be workably solved. Though toleration
also has limits.
- 10:15am May 21, 2002 EST (#2336
5/21/02 9:35am . . If the NYT wanted to facilitate something,
but not fund it, and I knew that, and others knew that . . . . the
money could be found.
If the point I just raised is broadly improper, I feel proper
. Why exactly?
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