Minimal Human Instruction Set? So: I read about a proposed Universal Tactile Language for Visually Impaired with multiple disabilities. 55 proposed symbols from teachers from several schools that were spread out in the northeastern USA. Well, out of the 55, which ones worked? I found the follow up study. They didn’t test them all but of those they did, 14 got a 40-60% success rate but 7 were mastered by most: “Wheels on the Bus,” “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” more, finished, juice, sensory. If this was an instruction set for a computer to bootstrap functionality, could it scaffold into a dictionary of functions with more and more meaning? Well, maybe. Wheels on the Bus could be the continuity of time, a crucial feature of computing that standard mathematics has as optional. It allows for step/time based functions. So, I’ll put Wheels on the Bus as expressing that. Twinkle Twinkle is “expanded workspace” / buffer / pointer system. It’s visible yet, out of direct reach. Pointers. Maybe Push/Pop stack or “memory pages” (like Spreadsheet Worksheets). So I’ll go with that. Itsy Bitsy Spider today I realized fits the monomyth. it’s in four distinct states: status quo, rain conditions, drying conditions, loop condition (“again” – a counter). This means it’s loop – example here is a game loop for comparison: while (user does not exit) check for user input run AI move enemies resolve collisions draw graphics play sounds end while It will presumably rain regardless of the spider’s position but if the user is in the water spout/gutter, the rain which gets the inside of the water spout slippery, any thing in the water spout will slide down, whether user or other kinds of enemies not introduced. User interactions with AI include: more, (stroke red velvet cloth) finished, (pull on spool at the end of a string) juice, (pick up juice box shape) sensory. (pick up lotion bottle shape) Sensory is akin to an averaging / smoothing / abstracting function as it smooths the skin, calms the nerves, smoothing. Juice is energy. More/finished sound like diffusion controls at the very least. More on that later.

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if the path from non-verbal to abstract language communication were a communication protocol like TCP, what would the handshake look like? (this would compress 24 months of human cognitive/social development) Do any existing protocols use the same pattern for handshaking and negotiating meaning and building understanding? What about development of pidgins?

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Musical Creativity Versus Other Forms of Creativity While creativity shares features across fields, there are aspects of musical creativity that are relatively unique to it. 1. Speed. The act of creating music, particularly in the case of improvisation, is often extremely rapid. Such “real-time composition” (as improvisation is often called) requires not only a precise command of fine-grain musculature (e.g., the fingers, mouth, and/or larynx), but also the capacity to execute those commands at sub-second levels temporal precision. 2. Temporal extension. Like film, dance, and storytelling, but unlike painting, sculpture, and architecture, music is a temporal art, requiring time to unfold. Thus for both the composer/improviser and the listener, the working memory apparatus plays a critical role in assembling a mental representation of the whole of the musical work—since the whole does not really “exist” at any single point in time except in the form of memory (ignoring “prosthetic” memory representations such as written scores and audio recordings). 3. Symbolic structure. Just as spoken words and sentences are constructed from a limited set of phonemes, so too are musical melodies constructed from a limited set of notes and durations. In this sense they are both “symbolic,” i.e., composed of “symbols” (or “elements”) which in themselves have no meaning. However, an important distinction between speech and music is that phonemes, when combined in specific ways, do produce recognizable “words” which can refer to events and objects outside of the language system itself, and thereby take on meaning. In contrast, recombinations of musical elements only rarely refer to anything outside of the realm of music. The fact that these different combinations of musical elements can still feel “meaningful” to a listener, therefore, is a peculiarity of the art of music that is worthy of paying special attention to. Bashwiner, David, and Donna Bacon. “Neuroscience: Music and the Brain.” (2020).

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Very well written. The vision of the United States he considers a division in this article (I have not read his book on the subject), I consider what the United States is, which is in a state of ontological pluralism. Being a nation of laws, one thing that strongly binds us is the court system as authorized by the US Constitution remaining within certain tolerances which, unfortunately have had a very wide range of acceptability through the centuries. I’m not studied enough to name names or eras but we have had conservative courts, balanced courts, activist courts, liberal courts. [Kavanaugh is an activist, Gorsuch is conservative – that is the meaning I’m using] So I think this is within the growing pains of what is the United States of America the experiment but it’s not pretty to go through sometimes. Yet I still believe in it as a broader notion. But what I remember is changing? More definitely.

Very well written. The
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