Ph.inisheD

Ph.inisheD

What’s your most recent learning?

I wonder Laurie if you have created a new term – “inishe” (sounds like “initiate” – without the “eight”) – for the process of completing a PhD?

Well done you!

I started uni in 1973 with the intention of earning a PhD, and 3 years later dropped out, and went fishing. Two years on the then director of the Fisheries Management Division of the Ministry and Agriculture and Fisheries said to me at a public meeting “What the F*#k would you know Howard, you’re just a F*#king drop-out! Sit the F down and shut the F up!” He didn’t like my questions.
He liked them even less the following year after I completed a BSc completing two years of study in 1, and gaining my skippers ticket and engineers ticket at the same time; but he couldn’t use that excuse for ignoring them.

I have had an uneasy relationship with formal academia – I tend to find things that hold my attention that are outside the scope of the institutional courses.

It is really hard to describe my most recent learning.
It has to do with the levels of acceptance of diversity and tolerance that are required to attain freedom and security with stability. It’s kind of the opposite of traditional knowledge in a sense, as it has all sorts of fuzzy and uncertain boundaries in many different dimensions, and there is a kernel of confidence within that extreme fuzziness that has extremely high confidence (0.999999999+) – the sort of thing one doesn’t spend a lot of time re-examining once one has established the confidence limits with confidence ;).

Well done for sticking with it enough to complete – that aint easy – I wasn’t prepared to do it 40 years ago. Have been reconsidering recently, but not quite ready for it yet.

[followed by]

Hi Laurie,
The Fibonacci sequence is a simple sequence of compound growth always involving the last two steps in the sequence. It is one of the simplest possible sequences of compound growth, and as such is seen in many places in living systems, in the unfolding of a fern (koru), in the shells of molluscs, and many other places.

The Maori were (are) keen observers of nature.

[followed by]

Yeah – I guess it’s all a matter of perspectives.

I’ve gotten my head used to considering sequences that open new and infinitely evolving sequences at every step – the dimensionality of those things really twists the brain. And one can learn techniques which allow limited exploration, at least enough to get a bit of a feel for general themes.

Did you ever watch Dr Who – the TARDIS – infinite large rooms within a small box, each one bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside, and everyone containing doors to other rooms with other doors – some math sequences are like that. Benoit Mandelbrot is appropriately famous for his explorations of some such sets of sequences.

[followed by]

Hi Laurie
The TARDIS is the name of the police phone box that the Dr uses to travel through time and space – it is an acronym (Time And Relative Dimension In Space).
I’ve been a Dr Who fan for 50 years – and the TARDIS has been there the entire time.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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