Today is my day for integrating events of the previous week. I’m not quite done with this, but progress is visible. Notably, unrest in the Jammu and Kashmir state of India seems to have been intensifying and conflict between Mainland China and Hong Kong has also been intensifying. Events in the weeks of April and May are slowly starting to be better sorted.
Once again, I decided to work on reviewing modern history and connecting to current events. I started early in July and it’s taken this long to get more caught up. I was last working on this in mid February, so there are about 6 months of events yet to review. All the weeks of 2019 are now connected are now connected to the quarters they belong to and to sociology as far as communities. There is still a gap in connecting social mechanics and nations, but it is closing. I am making connections to the future. Although I would like to discuss events of the United States, the size of India and China dictates that these will get a large share of attention.
India’s religious pilgrimages and its space program have drawn some attention. An increasing conflict between mainland China and Hong Kong is also drawing attention. I expect to add more detail as I continue examining and developing recent events.
I’m back to inching along in connecting the Knowledge Base. I have begun pages for atomic and subatomic physics, Elements of culture are being connected to magnetism, and elements of anthropology are being connected to optics. Finer divisions of anthropology will be connected to mechanics as I proceed.
I’ve reached a significant milestone in personal decluttering…my personal paperwork is now cleared of most of the junk, sorted, filed, and up-to-date. Other stages of decluttering and cleanup may now proceed.
Just checking in for now. For the past week, I have been taking care of some physically and emotionally demanding personal business. I am still making progress with the STEP program, although it has taken longer and been more difficult than I had anticipated. For the past couple of weeks, the organizing of my personal routines, projects, and living space has taken priority over the knowledge base, or programming related to it. I should be back before long.
For a personal project, I’ve recently invested in the STEP Mastery Program, from https://learndobecome/com. I’m tired of living a life of chaos surrounded by piles of debris from incomplete projects, so I’m spending a lot of time organizing my time, projects, and stuff. There’s a lot of sorting and throwing away going on; the most urgent batch may continue for another week or so. I’m also enrolled in several free courses from Udacity; these include version control using Git; HTML and CSS; Android (programming) Basics, and also a Java programming course from Udemy. I’ve decided that it’s time to upgrade and update the Sapience Web site: I’m not quite sure exactly how I’m going to do that, but I intend it to be more graphic and more interactive. I also intend to develop a smart phone app, or maybe a suite of them, using Android and IOS. The working title is “Sapience Learning Laboratory”.
I’m continuing with the development and linking of pages of the Sapience Knowledge Base and I have almost a year’s worth of work I haven’t yet published and posted to the the web. I’ve decided to shift the focus to the lower end, concentrating on science and beginning with physics, mechanics, and particle mechanics. Most of that is going to be reserved for a future update.
That should keep me busy and out of trouble, or perhaps in it.
Not much progress in building links for the knowledge base. Instead, I have been pushing my independent studies of computer science and technology, and learning how to organize my activity and stuff.
I have taken physical and natural science, the study of the natural world around us, as the most basic component of human knowledge. With my recent decision to focus on the simpler end rather than historical end comes a decision to focus most particularly on physics, and within physics, on mechanics, and specifically particle mechanics. The first thing to I want to do is to concentrate on the mathematical description of time and space. I don’t have any deep philosophical insight into the description of time: I just use a number of time units from an arbitrary beginning, which will depend on the context of the problem. As I develop more applications, this will become a more complex topic. As far as space, I am using three types: Linear, or one-dimensional space; planar or two dimensional space; and three dimensional space. There are more complex variants of these, but I will also defer this for a later time. Although time and space are considered mathematically continuous, I can only represent them approximately. For beginning applications, a small number of divisions will be sufficient.
The next task is to describe particle motion. I consider a particle to consider a mass point, which is an idealization and is only represented approximately. Motion is the association of positions in space with instants of time, and there are various types and cases of motion. I am still working on my programming skills to represent these in a computer program, but I am getting close.
I had the notion that my studies of history are going much too slowly to be useful. I want to start making a commercial product. Given that smart phones are becoming so common and useful and applications are becoming so common, I want to go back to the low-level science end and begin programming scientific applications in what I will be calling the Sapience Learning Laboratory.
When I did a search on Android development, the first thing that came up was Udacity. This has numerous free courses that I can used to update and improve my various skills.
As I work through the knowledge base, there is a great deal of emphasis on physics. Many topics use this, at least indirectly. The most basic, elementary topic is particle mechanics. In order to work with particle mechanics, I need the concepts of time and space. I am taking a purely mathematical approach. Although space in reality seems to be infinite, unbounded, and continuous, for practical, computational purposes, I am dealing with small, discrete, bounded spaces. As I enlarge these in the process of development, they will begin to approximate reality. There are linear or one dimensional spaces, planar or two-dimensional spaces, and solid or three-dimensional spaces. I am also including time as if it were a space. This should get me started.
I have known for some time that studies of prehistory depend heavily on archaeology and earth science, which began to develop most seriously in the 19th century and 20th century. I had not begun to seriously develop those periods, but I am starting to go through them going through them as an aid to study of prehistory. Studies of prehistory also depend heavily on academic institutions and scholarly heritage in Western Civilization. I have been conducting a review of the history of Western Civilization, in hopes of filling in the details of academic and scholarly history. One of the things I accomplished in the last few months was the connection of biographical pages to Anglic history. It has long been one of my goals to use these biographical figures to fill in details of history. This allows me to get a picture of important developments. I don’t have many of these in antiquity or classical and medieval history, but modern history, starting with the 16th century and 17th century, is coming along nicely. I am also connecting biographies of Latin peoples with the intention of doing a similar review.
I am finding that working in prehistory is more satisfying than trying to track current events, so I’ve been trying to expand the examination of the earliest periods. This is requiring that I look more into the development of science, particularly biology. Since I had set this aside for a long while, there’s a certain satisfaction in getting back to it.