1-How can I access the initial page of the blog directly?
Congratulations on your perspicacity! You’ve detected the strangely counter-intuitive manner of page labeling of this blog which attempts (unsuccessfully, I might add) to reverse time. Whereas we commonly label years and the days, weeks, and months of the year in ascending chronological order, within the confines of this blog pages are numbered in reverse chronological order. So what is called ‘page 1’ is the current (most recent) page and its content is always changing over time. The initial page of the blog chronologically, though its content is unchanging, has a page label which changes (increases) over time. This was not by my own choice, but since I know so little HTML we are stuck with it. And would you expect less of a blog dealing with quantum mechanical weirdness anyway?
The way around this is as follows:
At the bottom of the page which greets you when you first access the blog you will see Page 1 of x where x is the then current total number of pages. To access the true (as opposed to the spurious) Page 1 directly, change the address in the address bar to blindmen6.tumblr.com/page/x and hit ENTER (or refresh the page). The electrons will take care of matters from there.
2-Whenever I attempt to use the Search function I get either no results or only a single page of results? Is something amiss here?
You bet your strange quarks there’s something amiss here. And I don’t know how to fix it. Frankly, the Search by tag function works better than the Search function. If your Search yields no results there likely are none. But if it gives you one page of results there are likely more.
Here’s what to do:
In your Search results (assuming there are any) find a tag which matches or most closely matches your search term. Click on that tag and you will get all the posts that have been so tagged. I try my best to tag posts exhaustively but the terms I’m thinking in may not always match those you are thinking in. Even the electrons can’t help in that case.
3-You call your blog ‘QUANTUM GEOMETRY’ but I’ve seen almost no geometry and, for that matter, not all that much quantum. I have seen a lot of art, modern and otherwise. This is really an art blog in disguise, isn’t it?
In fact, no. The images attached to the verbal content of the posts are carefully selected for their relevance as well as their visual appeal. But they are basically hooks by which to grab your attention. Most every post is related to geometry and/or quantum mechanics in some manner though this may not initially be clear. If you continue to follow the blog, this will become increasingly clear over time. We are still (as of June 28, 2012) building a common foundation for future discussions. In time more posts will appear more directly related to geometry and the quantum world. The art stays though. If I can’t woo you with ideas, I’ll wow you with visual imagery. Also, art is a reminder that ideas at their inception are rarely greeted with open arms and mind.
4-What are your qualifications for discussing physics, mathematics, and Chinese philosophy?
Glad you asked. I do have a postgraduate degree but not one in physics, mathematics, philosophy, or sinology. My background is more in the fields of chemistry and biology. Both of those fields are intimately connected to the fields of physics and mathematics, less so to the fields of philosophy and sinology. Frankly, I don’t think it much matters. This is an interdisciplinary blog. What I lack in comprehension of the advanced mathematical equations employed by theoretical physicists I make up for by bringing a fresh new perspective to the field. My interest in Chinese philosophy, the philosophy of science, and philosophy in general dates back more than half a century. I’ve been involved with studies of the I Ching, particularly of its mathematical underpinnings, for nearly that long. Where I disagree with the prevailing views in physics and sinology I will plainly state so. But I believe anyone with a questioning mind has the right to use it as s(he) sees fit. Half a century ago ‘quark’ was a soft creamy acid-cured cheese of central Europe made from whole milk. It wasn’t until 1964 that Murray Gell-Mann proposed this name for his newly dreamed up particle which at that point he still regarded as just a convenient mathematical device to explain the then prevalent particle zoo of hadrons. His new particle and the ideas behind it were not initially universally well-accepted. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
5-Isn’t the I Ching just a discredited guide to divination?
Don’t tell that to Carl Jung. (May he rest in peace.) The I Ching has held an exalted place in Chinese thought for over two millennia. It is one of the oldest Chinese classic texts. The book indeed contains a divination system and it is still widely used for this purpose. But it is also a historical document, a compendium of philosophical and ethical thought, a work relating linguistics to visual imagery which predates written language, and most important to our usage here, a treatise on mathematics, particularly combinatorics and group theory. One of the alternate names for the I Ching is The Book of Changes. Both the I Ching and modern physics are intimately involved with symmetry, space, time, and change. The I Ching approaches these matters from a very different perspective than does physics. Therein lies its unique value.
6-Why do you use so many metaphors in your posts?
And you’re just referring to the obvious metaphors. There are many more hidden from view. Use of metaphor is one of the behaviors that makes humans human. It is the ability to see that one thing can represent, or stand in for, another. It is the ability to make use of symbols. All language is fundamentally metaphor. Language has its very origin in metaphor. The I Ching in its earliest formulation predates written history and arose from a stratum of mind that did not yet universally separate wholes into parts or distinguish between right brain- and left brain-activities. Poetry, philosophy, science, art and imagery of all kinds were not yet specialized categories of thought. They were not yet mentally speciated, to borrow a term from biology. But all languages retain elements of metaphor. Physics and mathematics are special forms of language. When Einstein states that mass and energy are interchangeable he is using metaphor. E = mc^2 is metaphoric in form because the equals sign both separates and unites two objects or events that are distinguishable (different) but interchangeable (somehow the same.) In thinking metaphorically like this Einstein changed the course of history and the way we view the world. All equations are similarly metaphoric in form. So mathematics is rife with metaphor. Metaphor is everywhere. We cannot escape it. Looking into a mirror we recognize the image as that of ourselves but different. Viewing the universe is like looking into a mirror - - - it reflects back our own image but somehow changed. We only know the universe as metaphor. All else lies unrevealed behind the veil.