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A Black Swan is a seemingly random event having a huge impact. It’s nearly impossible to predict one coming.

We did not foresee the success of Harry Potter, the tragic of 9/11 or what happened in Norway last weekend.

After a Black Swan, we start analyzing and searching for reasons which led to the event.

Yes, I’ve been reading the book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Check it out if that’s your sort of thing!

It’s quite natural for a guy nicknamed raindropper to create a book covering all aspects of water, don’t you think?

So, point your browser to The Book of W and start exploring. There will chapters and postings about science, business, arts, cultures and religions – all of course water-related.

The Book of W

It looks like a mish-mash of blog postings and book chapters. But there’s a simple, common theme underlining all of those – and it’s clear as water. 😉

Crystal Set Radio - Neuron

… Learnings from The “On How The Brain Functions” Experiment.

You, the web wanderer, are perhaps aware that a bit over one year ago I posted my research paper about theory of how the brain functions. I also built a blog around it so that you, the brain researcher, can comment it with witty references to tin-foil hats. 😉

The current gain is zero remarks to tin-foil hats.

Seriously, though, I still stand behind the theory and see several strenghts in it. The question is: why I’m not building a working prototype as it only takes a few diodes, capacitors and coils to make it. Maybe it’s because I do not want to disturb the local neighbourhood with electromagnetic noise.  

And: I’d like to thank Joni Tuoreniemi and Paul Tudsbury for commenting it and creating conversation. Thank you!

…is something that wasn’t taught on my physics lessons. It’s one of the most interesting and mysterious phenomena, and as yet unexplained by scientists.

Put simply, the experiment goes like this: shoot photons through a plate which has two slits on it, to a photographic film. An interference pattern appears on the film – even if you shoot the photons one by one, during a period of time.

Double-slit experiment

Here’s a movie of the experiment.

The question is: from where the interference pattern emerges, how do the photons know where to land on the film to create this pattern? There’s only one photon “on the air” at a time so with what it is having an interaction?

More info on Wikipedia.

Gary Flake runs Microsoft Live Labs, MS Research unit which is concentrated solely to the Internet.

His one-year-old presentation “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Imminent Internet Singularity” indicates the Road Ahead for Microsoft’s Internet strategy. 

When I hear the word “singularity”, it brings an image to my mind of all things united to one place, then Boom!!! – and a silence that lasts forever…

IMO Microsoft has been quite silent about Artificial Intelligence in the past. But now it seems that they are really starting to focus on that, utilizing the massive amount of data in the web and its feedback mechanisms.

As an experiment I decided to open a dedicated blog for gathering feedback and comments for “On How The Brain Functions” article. So, take a deep breath and jump to here.

I wish You a Marvellous New Year 2007!

I hereby publish my scientific paper: “On How The Brain Functions”. 

The paper presents my view and theory on how the brain functions, intelligence and learning. It provides a possible and comprehensive solution taking several different disciplines into account. In my view, the science community will benefit from the article. It will inspire, challenge and fuel conversation.

“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.”

Albert Einstein

You can get the article in PDF format here.