Jul 29, 2007

new seven wonders !!!!




I was utterly shocked on the announcement of the new seven wonders of the world ! how come the pyramid of Giza has been left out ! if pyramid can't make us woder, then we must have lost our sence of woderment...

yes, peoples' choices vary indeed,but Egypt always have had some spell over me. i've never been there but i've promised myself ..i must stand before thise tombs and feel the pride of being a human being after all. and that moment i wont think about the cruelty or greed of the rulers who tried to deify themselves.. i will just wonder about the great minds who brain-stormed day and night for perfection. 
"The new seven wonders of the world" announced July 7 following a global poll to decide a new list of human-made marvels. The contest was organized by the New7Wonders Foundation—the brainchild of Swiss filmmaker and museum curator Bernard Weber—in order to "protect humankind's heritage across the globe." The seven new wonders are Christ the Redeemer" statue in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil ,the Colosseum in Rome, India's Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, Jordan's ancient city of Petra, the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, and the ancient Maya city of Chichén Itzá in Mexico.


At last the Mayans got some respect they have deserved for long..the invaders destroyed most of the relics, cultural icons and the few people who escaped from homicide could not preserve their identity well. now we can just remember their glory and pay some respect to these ruins !




Jul 25, 2007

speciality about numbers !!

0 is the additive identity.
1 is the multiplicative identity.
2 is the only even prime.
3 is the number of spatial dimensions we live in.
4 is the smallest number of colors sufficient to color all planar maps.
5 is the number of Platonic solids.
6 is the smallest perfect number.


I found this very interesting...to find more visit this page ;

I went there while reading the february issue of SPECTRUM.
The article was "THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT NUMBERS
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really interesting one...just go through it!

Jul 22, 2007

a great article ...about intelligence


yes, this one is really a great one. i was hugely moved reading this article on IEEE 's SPECTRUM magazine' s April edition. Jeff Hawkin revealed a newer vision about thinking. he is working in this field for a long time and going on with new energy and idea everyday.
here anyone can get the online version of this article:

Learn Like A Human

By Jeff Hawkins

http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/apr07/4982
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2007/02/01/8398989/index.htm

for years scientists are trying to resolve the mystery of human brain..how we really think, and they are not stuck with only human thinking, rather trying to build machines that can think! To make intelligent machines , our first job is to define intelligence , what actually makes us different and superior to all living beings. what makes us intelligent is our learning power, we learn from experience , we gather ideas through our perceptions, the more we learn the better we perform, and the faster we think. Our brain is nothing but a general purpose learning machine!

"One of the baffling aspects of the brain is that it decides what to learn on its own !"
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in this article Jeff talks about HTM model , the outcome of intense research of numenta institute. He established this institution out of his interest about human intelligence and thinking process, though his field was electrical engineering. This new start really inspired me greatly ..a person never gets old if he always strives for knowledge, his thirst for new idea always keep him active and lively. And in the field of INTELLIGENCE computer science and neurobiology walks hand in hand , you never get tired however long this walk is ...you reach a new world and this is so exciting, you never feel bored. At every step, you find something new, and the truth is, all of these are actually inside you, the more we go through, the more we know about ourselves !!

let's think about thinking...

It strikes me every time when i start to think about our thinking process..whenever i meet a new person, whenever any of us meet anyone for the first time, we try to predict about his/her personality or more accurately, what is that person thinking about us ! We accept it or not, every single instance of time, every moment we go through, has something to add to our personality, our behavior. Sometimes the effect is so deep that it reshuffles our idea about life and living. Everyday our perception tries to make us fitter and worthier for the world we live !