Subject: RE: Greetings for the Holidays
From: "Bill Howell. Hussar. Alberta. Canada" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2018 18:31:04 -0700
To: "Geoff Cowper. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. Vancouver. BC"

Great to hear from you, Geoff!  All the best of the season to Karen, Matt, Dan, Nicholas, and yourself.

I didn't get to Vancouver this year.   Hopefully in 2018 I'll be driving with my mother to visit her sister and family, but it's trickier now as my father isn't self-sufficient, and needs someone at their condo all the time.   Last June he was diagnosed with a metastasized prostate cancer recurrence after 20 years, and I thought he would be dead in a month or two, but it is progressing very slowly.   They can't aggressively treat him as he is too weak for that.  My mother's getting older too - perhaps faster cognitive decline than my father, and we're all afraid of her driving.

My daughters Catherine and Sarah are in Vancouver now, visiting from Auckland until later next week, when my older daughter will come to Banff with my two grandchildren Carter and Charlie-Rose for a 3-day family get-together.  Younger daughter Sarah has been working occasionally in Vancouver on her film-related projects as well as working towards starting up a cosmetic business that both daughters have been planning.  She now has a Spanish boyfriend (sugar daddy?) in Vancouver, and is thinking of re-locating there to re-establish her career.  She had been doing well in Singapore, but broke up with her partner, so she couldn't stay.

Although it's easy to understand the "yap", I don't really understand the "publics' view of AI" picture.  The key hype right now isn't AI, it's CI (more below in previous emails to daughters etc).  It's a strange world of business and public perception right now, almost entirely divorced from [reality, real issues, real opportunities], but I guess I'm not surprised.  Why is everyone so"sci-fi dark"?  Why have we learned nothing about technology and progress for >300 years?  Why will you never hear of the real scientists and their breakthroughs, rather than the back-stabbers who are geniuses at becoming famous off the work of scientists they have long stabbed in the back (Geoffry Hinton at [UoT, Google] is the penultimate example in Neural Networks.  Ray Kurzweil is another example, although I'm not aware of any backstabbing by either - just capture of the glory) ?  Why doesn't anyone outside of the area care at all what the [concepts, mathematics, science, engineering] are, preferring to hype the politically-correct [humanities, society] crap?  Anyways, the video links and emails posted below provide some context to my thinking and reactions.

It's a pleasure replying to you, not the least because you wouldn't believe how well I am physically (see "The Demise of Moby Dick", and follow the directory link to photos).  I'll try to call in the next couple of days.  If you call me, note that by habit my cellphone audio and vibrate are always OFF, even if I've turned them on for now.  It's a combination of [firefighter alarms, project work focus] that lead me to filter out continuous [spam, scam] calls....


Bill Howell
Volunteer firefighter, Member of Hussar Lion's Club & Sundowners
P.O. Box 299, Hussar, Alberta, T0J1S0

Mr. Bill Howell
P.O. Box 299, Hussar, Alberta, T0J1S0
member - International Neural Network Society (INNS), IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE-CIS),
IJCNN2019 Budapest, Publications and Sponsors & Exhibits Chair,
WCCI2018 Rio de Janeiro : Publicity committee, mass emails
Retired: Science Research Manager (SE-REM-01) at Natural Resources Canada, CanmetMINING, Ottawa

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Subject: Greetings for the Holidays
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2018 11:11:10 -0800
From: Geoff Cowper <>
To: Bill Howell <>

Dear Bill,


I assume you are still in Hussar and hope all is well.


I think of you often in the blizzard of references to AI and neural network thinking that is going on now.


I will try to give you a call to catch up and hope to see you in 2019.




The Demise of "Moby Dick"
Moby Dick, age 11 of Hussar Alberta, passed away ~14:00 Tuesday 11Dec2018, by the John Deer dealer just outside of Rosedale Alberta, in the company of his loving and stupid owner still sitting in the drivers' seat. Born in Ottawa Ontario of uncertain first owners, an orphaned Moby was adopted by the current owner, Captain Hook (apologies to Captain Ahab, but I have an amputated right hand, not leg) in July 2008, with the primary intent of hauling around OH^3 members (the drinking club with a running problem).
      Moby will always be remembered as a first class and dependable ride, accomodative of up to 15 passengers (including driver), and leaves us with fond memories of travels throughout Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, Massachusettes, Ottawa-to-Washington DC, and wherever else I've forgotten.
      Three of the four benches still serve loyally as front room furniture in the house. Additionally, Moby is survived by a rich set of tools, emergency gear and clothing, a broom, and my gym gear.
      Moby's lifelong friend and owner is dressed in black (and blue and red) as a sign of mourning and respect.

"... Thar she blows ..."
(first posted 20Dec2018)

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Subject: Memory enhancements. Telepathic rats? Fashion not function - advanced hearing aids.
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2018 22:30:22 -0600
From: Bill Howell. Hussar. Alberta. Canada <>
To: Sarah Howell. Director-Actor-Freelance E-Journalist. Dream Bravely. Panama Columbia Peru Signapore NZ <>, Catherine Howell. Founder. EightLoop Social & Yeity website. Auckland. New Zealand <>

Catherine, Sarah -  For no particular reason, tired after working to 03:10 in the morning last night as a volunteer for the lion's casino, I checked up on the hippocampal prosthesis.   Turns out that earlier this year, a news article about popped up :
Although human trials  were carried out, I have not yet looked at the scientific papers.   "...   The team worked with 22 patients awaiting surgery for epilepsy.   ..."  (good choice given ethics and concerned about ruining a normal person's memories).  In any case the results were quite impressive on the surface.
Strangely, I would not have been able to predict the "telepathic rats", which was done in 2013. Was this substantial?  What does it mean?  Are rats firmly ahead of humans now?

Ted Berger, the long-term key scientist, broke off with the company, which started with Ted as Chief Scientist, [apparently, perhaps] out of concern with the demanded pace of advancement?

My own encounters with Ted :
  • IJCNN2004 Budapest - Ted gave a presentation
  • IJCNN2005 Montreal - I had invited him to present at this conference, which he did.  Strangely, enthusiasm for his work wasn't great at the conference. He was disappointed in me as he thought that a conference paper automatically would lead to a journal paper, and I can't remember if he was part of that conference's Best Papers Special Issue.   I did [get,?buy?] his book "Replacement Parts for the Brain" from him, which he didn't want to carry home, and read the book.
  • 22Feb2016 Giacomo Borachi sent me a review invitation - I was really surprised to see it turned out to be a paper by Ted Berger!  I was HUGELY enthusiastic, like a cheerleader, and gave it highest ratings.   I really liked the way their mathematical approches had advanced.   But I guess the other reviewers panned it.   I suppose it doesn't surprise you that your Dad's opinion often differes radically from the opinions of leading experts.
Your grandfather's hearing is getting worse, so he shouts as he talks in A&W in the morning.  He never uses his hearing aids,, because of well-known problems with them.   DeLiang Wang, who I've know well since 2005 and from the INNS Board of Directors (I sat for two years), and as he is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the INNS Neural Networks journal, has progressed in his work with Deep Learning neural networks and hearing aids.  He collaborates with Starkey, a leading manufacturer, but they haven't produced a commercial model.  I've seen this before - I don't think they can sell hearing aids that require a wire that descends to a sub-clothing torso electric unit with the power to do that kind of processing.   Strange to me that people don't want function if it interferes with their looks?!?!

Mr. Bill Howell
P.O. Box 299, Hussar, Alberta, T0J1S0
member - International Neural Network Society (INNS), IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE-CIS),
            Association of Professional Engineers and Geo-scientists of Alberta (APEGA)
IJCNN2019 Budapest, Publications and Sponsors & Exhibits Chair,
WCCI2018 Rio de Janeiro : Publicity committee, mass emails
Retired: Science Research Manager (SE-REM-01) at Natural Resources Canada, CanmetMINING, Ottawa

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Subject: Re: Bill Howell 46755
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2018 09:28:37 -0700
From: Bill Howell. Hussar. Alberta. Canada <>
To: Chase Holt. Care Representative. CCI Wireless. Calgary. Alberta <>

Thanks for the "unlimited data" clarification, Chase. 

Right now, my purpose is to learn more about current MOOC systems by doing something [interesting, simple, short time commitment].   Course content isn't important, but the [function, mathematics, programming of
humans] behind MOOC is.   Not to build a system or to use it, just to get a feeling of its status and how radically it may change very soon.

Having said that, in a weird sense of timing, I have been "keeping part of an eye" on a Chinese system, KEEP, involving a friend, Irwin King, who is now Director or something of the Engineering faculty of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Irwin's been hitting me over the head for several years about the Chinese government's interest in MOOC, but it's always hard to believe much of what a government or academic scientist says.   Irwin's one of the good scientists - open minded, very energetic, enthusiastic, and fun!  (Sings karaoke better than me, but that's not saying much).

05/10/18 04:27 AM  I saw mention of a Dinosaur MOOC in the KEEP <>  newsletter of "Award-nominated Dinosaur Course Rerunning This Month" (see, instructed by well-known and I think retired Phil Currie of Alberta.  I am a public member of the Tyrell Museum, so I looked at their programs (Tyrell has expanded to do more educational programs, and their "Tyrell Talks" by scientists 11:00 on Thursdays in the winter are excellent!), and emailed the Education manager (or something), but I got no response from him.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:03:24 -0400 (EDT)   I got a "Promoting KEEP' email from the International Neural Network Society (INNS) <> (I'm a longtime member, as well of IEEE-CIS), BUT not written by INNS President Irwin King (yeah, same guy), but by my boss for IJCNN2019, Chrisina Jayne (General Chair, awesome [worker, leader, scientist]!) :
Dear INNS Member,
KEEP is a one-stop platform which enables access to educational resources, data, analytics, courseware, and tools.
KEEP now contains a specially curated set of courses for the INNS members which provides links to over 60 courses in

•          Machine Learning
•          Big Data
•          Neural Network
•          Neural Physiology
•          Neural Anatomy
•          Cognitive Science
•          Neuroscience
You can find information about these courses on These select courses offer an abundance of high-quality learning resources and interactive content.
Kind regards,
Chrisina Jayne

This is more the type of course I should be looking at, and I may.   Take a close look at the list of topics - it's really weird that the current "hot topic, fashion-of-the-day" Deep Learning Neural Networks, isn't in the list!!   Our INNS Society has top scientists in that area, but we missed the current hype cycle whereas competing societies and the rest of the world capitalized very well on it.  But my research projects don't look at "old" stuff, I'm more interested in what doesn't exist, and what is wrong with essentially all the great science of the mainstream (science fashions -> cults -> religions).

While its good to raise general awareness of advances, I dislike almost of the current hype, and I'm disgusted with smart men who make themselves look like asses (eg [Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, Mori-something (quantum expert)] with their yapping that misleads everyone.  I'm also disgusted but not surprised by the "this is evil and we must stop it" automatic reaction by the media and scientists.  Not that it matters -> 50 to 75% of the papers in the [INNS Neural Networks, IEEE-CIS TNNLS] journals, and especially papers in [very tough, complex leading edge mathematics], are Communist Chinese (including expats).  With Western attitudes, we may not have much influence on the future.   I frequently ask Canadian high school kids what their [interests, aspirations, mathematics backgrounds] are.  I wonder if we'll have much of a role in the economies of the future, other than as "hewers of wood, and drawers of water".

What really bugs me, is that after the "neural network winter" (~1967 Minsky&Pappert paper to ~1986 NN renaissance), where the AI guys shit all over Computational Intelligence (CI ~ [Evolutionary Computation, Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems]), everything is now called "AI", even by our experts.  Perhaps it's just easier to use a well-known term, but it does lead to massive funding mis-allocations on pretenders.  The public also thereby misses one of my [points, perspectives] on the different approaches to imputing intelligence to machines :
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI, an old god was Marvin Minsky, also tech advisor to Stanley Kubrick's 2001 Space Odyssey) - tried [rational, logical, scientific] reasoning as a basis of intelligence.  Expert Systems, Case-based reasoning, and Kasparov-vs-IBM_Deep_Blue  were the pinnacle.  But frankly, this approach has proven to be exceptionally limited and costly.  Hybridization with CI techniques may change that soon.
  • Computational Intelligence (CI - lesser-known gods) - uses what I describe as non-[rational, logical, scientific] reasoning as a basis of intelligence.   Biologically-inspired algorithms, complexity, and Google_Deep_Mind_Alpha_Go-vs-?Korean 9th Dan world's best Go player? are current status, with a long way to go with CI (many generations of researchers).  By the way, Alpha Go confirmed what NN friends had told me : "Go is to Chess, as Chess is to Tic-Tac-Toe".  Chess is a dummies game (I'm lousy at chess and have never really played it, so not much hope for me).  Biology is where the big ideas come from, and a niche interest of mine, neuro-evolution (Risto Mikkalainenn ?spelling?) is starting to redefine our understanding of what evolution might really man, and clarifying how it might actually work, at least to the next level.

Of course, classical Boolean logic, math, algorithms] are the main work in real systems at least at present, with [AI, CI, other] built on top and providing what can't be done conventionally.  

In reality -  I'm too busy in retirement to do much work on my own projects!! 

Mr. Bill Howell
P.O. Box 299, Hussar, Alberta, T0J1S0
member - International Neural Network Society (INNS), IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE-CIS),
            Association of Professional Engineers and Geo-scientists of Alberta (APEGA)
IJCNN2019 Budapest, Publications and Sponsors & Exhibits Chair,
WCCI2018 Rio de Janeiro : Publicity committee, mass emails
Retired: Science Research Manager (SE-REM-01) at Natural Resources Canada, CanmetMINING, Ottawa

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Subject: Sci-fi film proposal
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:41:34 -0600
From: Bill Howell. Hussar. Alberta. Canada <>
To: Sarah Howell. Director-Actor-Freelance E-Journalist. Dream Bravely. Panama Columbia Peru Signapore NZ <>

I'm out of time - have to clean up and prepare for a New Zealand couple visiting your grandmother 23-28Aug2018 (starting tomorrow!).  Monday and Tuesday Grandma wants to take them Banff-Lake Louise-Jasper-West Edmonton Mall-Tyrell museum.  I failed to get to comments linking anything below to a film series.  Perhaps another time, but hopefully a [random,scattered,diversity] of ideas might provide one or two ideas.


Thus looks to me like a [good,interesting,engaging] basis for a multi-year TV or Netflix series.  But in a sense my opinion is useless :
  • I have never watched a "normal, reality, other" series other than regular TV shows when I was younger (certainly non since high school, but probably non since junior high).  I just have no patience beyond 30 minutes of the first episode.  I have watched 2 Netflix series : "The History of Maths", and "Hitler's Circle of Evil"  (the latter with sub-par analysis, some good information, but mostly reminders of details that are important to me.) 
  • I'm just not much interested in [human relations, soap opera, conspiracy, chic flic] themes -  I'm always wondering if something is going to happen, and why people are tied up in knots over nothing.  On the rare occasion that I get to the end, I usually kick myself for "not again..."!
  • Most science series I can't stand: they are simply cheer leading sessions to make gods out of people and religions of of scientific theories; they gloss over the science; and their "preaching" is strictly of some politically-correct denomination.  Luckily, your proposal isn't based on those kinds of problems.  Backstabber "Cosmo" series is an interesting example, albeit with beautiful work, interesting concepts and discussions, interpretations.  Still pretty conventional and shallow to me.
However, I like "good" (by my definition, which isn't defined) sci-fi movies (<2 hours!) and books (for example ?Robert Heinlein? and not Isaac Asimov (except Nightfall, 1st book only of Foundation series).  You listed [Passengers, Avatar], which I enjoyed.  Their "soothing,colorful" animations, and complementary music (which you point out) make for re-viewable films for me.

What interested me most was your [approach,style] used to pitch the Karma series.  I haven't read through any proposals for [plays,art projects,dances,movies,TV series],  and I have no idea of how diverse this can be (probably very, as it involves both creative and business types).

In a way, I feel sorry for [film,music]-makers today, and sci-fi is a good example of an area that has been [carpet,cluster]-bombed with a huge diversity of really neat ideas, making it more and more difficult to be novel.  Perhaps that puts much more pressure on developing broader "film attractiveness" in conventional ways :
  • [love,sex or sexiness,violence,altruistic,saviour,criminal,evil]
  • music - as you have mentioned.  For me, to be a great movie, a film must invariably have a great sound track, and more - great use of [voice,sound,sound effects,etc]  throughout the film.  This is similar to the compositor imagery (new awareness to me, that we take for granted).
  • [competition, rivalry] - whether [internal, organisational,external]
  • dance -
  • key - escapism, and don't make the viewer work too hard.  Maybe it's just me, but the [escapism,virtual reality] aspect of films is perhaps dominant.  Why do I even waste my time on films, which almost always completely lack and serious content, and which can never compare to the [beauty,power,complexity,etc] of reading a well [written,analysed] book (usually [science,history,economics,business,finance,war,foreign [contexts,affairs] for me).

On the dark side :

  • turning good guys (in reality) into evil typecasts (in our sociologically twisted thinking), and making heros out of [liars,morons,] most likely under the pretext of dysfunctional [new,alternative] perspectives and political correctness. 

When I put some time into an email like this, I usually first post it to my blog, THEN link to the blog to the [person,group] in question.  That also makes it far easier to share with a group, or different [individuals,groups].   In this case, it may have "film proposal competitiveness" implications (not likely, but possibly), so I'm just emailing (easy for anyone to pick this up, though), so I won't post for now.  So let me know if I should "keep it hidden for 1-3 years, or if it doesn't matter so I should just post it now.



Perhaps this is an opportunity to be both dramatically novel, and far broader in concept than what has been done before.   That is probably NOT and objective you have, nor are [details,basic science] good selling points for entertainment films (or most actual science films, for that matter!). 

While constant over-arching themes are probably essential glue to hold a film together and to keep the viewer , I assume that one doesn't have to ALWAYS limit oneself to a small number of things in a series to the degree that a single 2 hour film has to focus.  Perhaps a constant bubbling of concepts throughout a series can make it mare [scientifically, thematically] alive, and fresh for the viewer?

Science side - sub-theme comments somewhat related to "Karma"
[random,scattered,simple,incomplete] thoughts (some simply copied from a recent "paradigm shift" email to Catherine, and the email to you of 19Jun2018)

WARNING :  It would be really easy for you to be [behind,less creative,less aggressive] with your themes than the reality of what science is ALREADY doing!!!

I'm not suggesting that ANY of the ideas in the this section be used.  This is simply provided in case they stimulate other ideas that you might be interested in using, hopefully new [insights,concepts, perspectives] of your own. 


Replacement parts for the brain (Ted Berger) -   Hippocampal prothesesis : Welcome to an existing, if very immature, reality, but how far will it go?  A company was founded in 2017 to pursue this, and Alzeimer's is their top target for now.  Lots of BIG challenges left to solve, though.  Great basis to expand on for a film series.
This is closely related to your theme, albeit involving machine hybrid.

Magneto-EncephaloGram (MEG)  direct brain process disruption (?Mitsou Kawato?, retired, past Neural Networks journal Co-Editorin-Chief, 2005)   -  Scientific work was understaken to study MEG-invoked disruption to brain process, in order to better understand causality and mechanisms (as compared to fMRI,EEG etc).   No idea how this has turned out in the last 15 years.

"Brain Decoding for MEG/fMRI data"  (Subba Reddy Oota, Hyderabad ) -  At the IJCNN2017 Anchorage conference,
memory location depending on subject

Confabulation Theory of cognition  (Robert Hecht-Nielson) -  This is the ONLY [specific,quantitative,predictive] model of cognition (as Hecht-Nielson describes it) that I know of!!!!  For "Karma", a key point not mentioned in my other write-ups is that the implicit theoretical limits to memory and cognition could by vastly increased quantitatively by machine confabulation.  The reverse of the hippocampal conversion of short-to-long-term memory in the brain is not defined, but if possible that might potnetially be a key to unlocking evolutionary "locked-in, never-expressed" memory, behaviour in a sense that compliments what the character "Sarah" does.
  • 24Aug11 Confabulation Theory for Cognition: "Next Plausible Sentence" survey - Confabulation is a biologically-inspired theory for cognition that was developed by Robert Hecht-Nielson of San Diego. It is described in an overview fashion in Section I, and in much greater detail in his 2007 book "Confabulation Theory: The mechanism of thought" As a gross overview, Confabulation Theory assumes that information is held within "attribute classes" in roughly 4,000 thalamocortical modules (carrying information about "mental object attributes") and roughly 40,000 cortical knowledge bases (establishing "meaningful co-occurrences" between thalamocortical modules). Confabulation DIFFERS from Bayes theorem in statistics, and these simple differences make confabulation a superior form of reasoning for the real world, where information is often incomplete, erroneous, or event misleading (predator – prey). The "Next Plausible Sentence" exercise as presented in Part II of this paper was a critically important eye-opener for me, and gives a very strong "hands on" sense that while technology has a very, very long ways to go, it is a very, very long ways further along than commonly thought.

"MindCode : Given that computer code is used to program the computer, then MindCode ..."   -  This is my "priority project that I never work on since the late 1990's"  (   - see my email to you 19Jun2018.  Obviously I'm biased on this long-term project of mine, of which I see traces in some current research (self-delusion?).  A good way to keep this in perspective is my catchy phrase :
"...   Everything we learn, our education, experiences, amount to only a thin layer of peach fuzz on top of an enormously powerful, complex, and beautiful "machine that has been predefined by the evolution of our species and its predecessors.   ..."   What mainstream computer science does are the [simple,easy] computations (such as physics, chemistry, database management, etc) to which we assign the highest level of intelligence, but Computational intelligence is only starting to do modestly  hard stuff, like tying your shoe-laces which we consider to be "dumb".

One hypothesis of schizophrenia (Wolfgang Maas ~2007?) -   Disrupted gamma rythms?  Quickly - a mismatch in timing of perception and "thinking" giving a confusing mismatch and misunderstanding of reality.  Paranoia might be expected!!!

Unsupervised learning and glial cells (Harold Szu, 20016 or 2017)  -  Beautiful idea, no time to describe.  It could be useful for "Karma".

Traditional thinking versus science  -  This is an area that IS of active interest to me.  I slowly collect items here and there, even though most examples are lost or not recorded.   This is driven by my own gradual realisation of the failures and limitations of science and scientists.  It could be a very fruitful area for conflicts and growth individually for each of "Sarah" (more traditional) and "Abigail"  as well as for the relationships between them and others.   The whole challenge of communicating one's perspective, and for gradually appreciating the strengths and weaknesses of belief systmes and interactions between belief systems might be very interesting.  Having the courage (foolishness?) of pointing out the catastrophic failures that are characteristic of ALL areas of science could make your series unique, or at least make it a contrast to occasional commentaries on the "almost perpetual roll-over" of limitations and failures of science and scientific thinkers. 

Science as an outcome of religious thinking and institutions
Science IS an ecosystem of (non-theological) religions
These are kind of obvious from history, albeit not complete explanations.   My thinkimg uses, but often disagrees with Lucio Russo's "How science began 300 BC, and why it had to be reinvented"
No time to elaborate...

Science-religion antagonism -   Perhaps originally, and to a much more limited extent today, religions have been antagonistic towards science, but I feel that the criticisms of religion have been largely [dishonest,Quixotic] on the part of scientists (Richard Dawkins being a modern example).  It's odd to me that so many scientists are rabidly anti-religious, given that many (if not most) the great strides in thinking were often developed in religions (Western science itself can be seen as having formal origins in religious communities, and the oft-portrayed religious antagonism to science is oft-untrue. 

Don Quixote approach to argumentation and self-promotion -   Perhaps more often than not, argumentation in general and social change in particular are promoted by "creating a monster" (a little fire, far more smoke), attacking and killing it, then making onself out to be the hero.   The problem is that the "evil dragon" is usually GOOD [people,systems,organisations], with or without issues, who are dishonestly painted the wrong cover, and who suffer tremendously.   The hero, on closer inspection, is a liar and a moron, but most often with good intentions.

Lies, damned lies, and scientists  (,%20Damned%20Lies,%20and%20Scientists%20-%20Summary%20&%20context.pdfMy own project, long-term back-burner, to study dysfunctional thinking by scientistsApart from drawing parallels between science, my own focus is on SPECIFIC, REPEATABLE, PREPETUAL failures of [science, scientists].  Although I do liken science to religion, the basis of the analysis is pure science itself.   If "Abigail" is like essentially all [government,academic] scientists, she will NEVER be able to understand failures, becasue she will be COGNITIVELY INCAPABLE of deviating from her "programmed" belief systems.

"All theories are wrong, but some are useful"  (American geologist in 50's? - probably others going back to the ancients)
"...  but the most successful theories, which have passed from [fashion -> cult -> religion], ultimately become our greatest impediments to progress, as they stifle thinking, and are fiercely defended by their scientist-disciples, who destroy the personal lives and careers of those who dare challenge the beliefs."  (Howell) -    To me, there are huge commonalities between modern scientists and traditional religious fanatics (example - jihadists, crusaders, Catholic inquisition - although there are strong reasons for that).

Multiple Conflicting Hypothesis -  A key them of mine, I had to throw it in somewhere.   Perhaps in a film perspective it could be useful - one doesn't always have to have an answer, and may be better without one - questions and multiple conflicting hypothesis may be far more powerful.

Post-[rational,logical,scientific] thinking - We take [rational,logical,scientific] thinking as being "the true way", and the "target to strive for] if other people weren't so stupid.   It is great (and often provably optimal) for classical problems in [technical,engineering,scientific] areas, and will continue to be a part of more advanced thinking, but it is inadequate for even modestly complex systems, and ignores that other "thinking" processes are essential for [solving real problem, decision-making,beliefs,etc] even when it is applied.   Non-[rational,logical,scientific] thinking includes [random or biased search,pattern recognition, ....  ????.  

"Butterflies in the clouds, and the Milancovich wandering of greener pastures and glaciers :  Towards a quasi-predictive model of civilisations" :
08Aug07 Mega Life, Mega Death, and the invisible hand of the sun: Towards a quasi-predictive model for the rise and fall of civilisations. This is an update of our document first posted ~05May07, still in early draft, incomplete stage but lots of fun stuff! The underlying theme in "poetry form" is "Butterflies in the clouds, and the Milankovic wandering of greener pastures and glaciers" Forget that little butterfly in Indonesia that destabilized the thinking of a whole generation of scientists merely by flapping its wings :-), and find out about the real "Monster buttlerfly of solar chaos" and other chaotic processes that compliment more regular, predictable astronomical processes.

Mythology isn't a myth (David Talbot and others) -  and
Mythologist have really made fools of scientists since at least the 1950's, notably in [physics,astronomy,geology,climate]

Creativity and novelty   -  Systems evolve in [competition,collaboration,other] to a point where [problems,challenges] drive a level of [proficiency or understanding (these are NOT the same!)] such that what appears as [random,statistical,mysterious] to less [evolved,effective] agents  becomes [identifiable,model-able,predictable,controllable].  It changes the entire perspective.  It changes the QUESTIONS.

In your prospectus, "Sarah" undergoes something like this with her "supernatural powers". 

(Ali Minal, Uof ?Ohio? Cincinnati, INNS Past President)

... out of time

Extra-Sensory Perception (or perception via unrecognised perceptual and actioning systems?) 
I am EXTREMELY weak in this subject area!!  Here are a couple that intruiged me (mostly the Paranormal thing)

Human Bioelectricity and the EU Model (Eileen McKusick, EU2017)  -  Electric Universe theory shows us that the Universe we inhabit is electrical in nature. But what about us as humans? Medical science has been entrenched in the chemical/mechanical nature of the human body, yet we too are electrical in nature. In this talk, we will consider research on the bioelectric body and see how that fits in with the EU model.

Paranormal (Dean Radin, "Men Who Stare at Photons"  at EU2017 conference in Albuquerque) (  By its discernment of connectedness within every domain of the physical world and of life itself, the Electric Universe progressively pushes the boundaries between normal and the so-called paranormal. Now it calls for consideration of phenomena that have been rigorously investigated for over a century, along the way developing many of the gold-standard scientific methodologies commonly used today in conventional disciplines. Those phenomena include experiments involving direct interactions between minds, and between minds and matter.

Emotions, Decision-Making, human failures, Brain structures

Rich Clubs of the Brain (Olaf Sporns)  -  High degree of short-range connectednes, and more sparse long-range commenctions maximizes complexity of a system.  In an IJCNN2013 Dallas Plenary talk, Sporns described ?23? centers of high-connectedness in the brain (mesoscale) and discussed the significance.   But what about organisations, societies, multi-agent machine systems ...?

Chaos theory as a fundamental principle of brain operation at the meso-scale  (Walter Freeman, Robert Kozma, Quian Quiroga, Stuart Kaufmann) -  (meso- is between micro (neuron) and macro (brain regions) scales)
This is extemely interesting, but I've no time to eloborate at this time.

[Rational,logical,scientific]  versus [non-rational,non-logical,non-scientific] thinking 
   (Artificial Intelligence)       versus     (Computational Intelligence), both in contrast to [Emotional, Intuitive] thinking
The [big,new,powerful] stuff is CI, not AI.  So what about all ouf our current mis-perceptions and basis for [philosophy,problem solving, understanding the failures of how we are doing things]?

"Anti-Murphy's Law and Anti-Engineeering" -  It seems to me that scientists and engineers work directly with the brain, the normal rules are irrelevant.  The brain itself (monkey or man) makes things work.

[Astronomical, Astrological] influences on [emotional,physical,mental] human processes

Neurotransmitter hypothesis (Kenji Doya)  -  Dopamine, acetocholine, nor-adrenaline, serotonin .  No time to elaborate, but the really fantastic insight (unproven) was the critical role of randomness (serotonin).  Reminiscent of Chaos theory as a basis for brain function (above).

Parasite-driven behaviour modification -   For some time this has been studied in science.  With relation to humans, I've long wondered if hyper-sexual activity is a product of this (microbe, bacteria more that parasites, but who knows?). 

Toolsets of science in the area of Computational Intelligence - 
  • Backpropagation versus Ordered derivatives, and other neural network training algorithms  (Paul Werbos) - 
  • [Approximate,Adaptive] Dynamic Processing  (ADP, Paul Werbos) - optimisation, adaptation
  • Reinforcement Learning - mentioned above...
  • Unification of optimal and adaptive control theory areas (Frank Lewis) -  ADP context
  • Information theoretics or the Thermodynamics of learning - 
  • "True learning MUST involve evolution - parameter adjustment of models just won't do."  (David Fogel)

Influencing capabilities, vision, and leadership  -   The character Sarah is portrayed as a lone, exceptional individual.  But ultimately, even exceptional individuals are vastly more powerful when the [found,organise,manage,develop] following and organisation that can attract individuals.   I find that Hollywood mostly fails to [understand,portray] leadership in anything but the most [simplistic,mis-leading]  ways, even when films about great leaders are produced (eg recent film on Churchill, but modern portrayals of J. Edgar Hoover, General George Patton (which actually did a pretty good job), Margaret Thatcher, etc).  Portrayals have far more to do with the unbalanced and, to me, childish political bent of Hollywood than reality.   I guess one can say that all perspectives are valid, but when the are almost uniformly one-sided politically, that is a major failure and sickness.
  • Challenges of leadership and management - 
  • Complexity of organisation and decision-making processes - 
  • Experts, generalists, and solvers -
  • Hollywood's inability to portray leadership - 

Game theory  - 

AlphaGo beat top Go player  (Alphabet Inc (Google) Deep Mind, 2015?) -   This is STILL huge news, and surprising.  Moreover, apparently that's it for traditional board games, and the focus has turned to competitive, real-time, 2D-or-3D [interactive,competitive,tactical,strategic] video games (I would also unfairly dump military strategy training systems, flight simulator training, etc into this).

No time to elaborate ....

Reincarnation -  see my email to you 19Jun2018

Aging :  "We may be the last generation to die" (presenter in early-mid 2000s) -  I did a survey on that, but never wrote up the results and comments.  Pity.  Very interesting potential impacts on [iIndividuals, economics, societies].   This theme may change dramatically, or not?  It seems to be a tough biological nut to crack.

Science side - Machine-Robot sub-themes
AGAIN :   [random,scattered,simple,incomplete] thoughts (some simply copied from a recent "paradigm shift" email to Catherine, and the email to you of 19Jun2018)

My own thinking is relatively limited in the direct line of the "Karma", themes, and I naturally migrate or change the subject to familiar-to-me themes, which relate much more to machine intelligence and robots.  I don't spend much time on robots per se - just the Computational Intelligence basic tools that are applied to robots.   So here it goes, no matter how irrelevant...

Machine Consciousness - [human,machine,hybrid,emergent,collective,systemic] 
(John Taylor's theory based on Paul Werbos' control concept & the brain, as well as psychology)
Like Robert Hecht-Nielson's Confabulation Theory above,  in spite of HUGE literature on the subject, John Taylors' work (deceased in 2016 or 2017) is the ONLY [specific,quantitative,predictive] model of Consciousness that I know of!!!!  Although very interesting, I am NOT so impressed with other concepts I have read through.

Who am I?  Why am I here?  -  Defining one's own reason for being is perhaps one of our greatest challenges, done perhaps most often by default "following whichever way the wind blows" (including university program choices?).   But this is also a key NECESSITY of advanced systems.  I don't think I described this in one of my Social Media reports done while at NRCan (see the point immediately below).

Social media and consciousness  (Howell paper)

Quantitative limits to human memory and cognition, and the implications of [community,machine] ultra-large capacity
  • Qualitative broadening, deepening of cognition far beyond human limits - (see Confabulation Theeory above)  A common misconception is that bigger faster machines lead to more advanced capabilities.  This may be how even many scientists wrongly see the "Big Data" excitement of the last few years, even though [speed,memory-storage size]  re important.  But repeated examples over time show that the key to advances has been the conceptual and algorithmic advances that break new ground and give rise to completely new capabilities.

Machines versus evolved humans versus symbiotic hybrids -  One thing I like is that your proposal is NOT just another sci-fi "...   the machines will evolve and destroy us   ..." film.  On the other had, maybe the reason this is always presented this way is because that is what sells many sci-fi films?  

Big area and history - no time to elaborate

Fight the near-uniformity of "anti-robot racism"!  -  

Evolution -  It strikes me when reading your description of the future, that it seems to be going down a somewhat conventional path of thinking on the subject, especially as it relates to films.  It is curious, as processes of [biological, computational] evolution are vastly more [creative,powerful] than human thought, and NO ONE describes evolutionary process well.  If you wanted to be a bit different and innovative, you could go deeper into the unpredictable nature of evolution, and it shear power (>> human!). 

Here are some sub-sub-themes on evolution :

"Temporal flexibility of evolution and variability of phenotypes depending on functional criticality" (some source or other I've forgotten, embellished by my own extensions and BS).  The key point here is that brain function,  : 
  • mitochondrial DNA - comes from the mother only  and is assumed to have been the result of a symbiosis of prinitive micro-organisms and multicellular organisms.  Energy efficiency and negative effects of by-products are critical, so there is probably little room for experimentation on the short term, although mutations, changes are always happening at some (small ?) rate.
  • Heart, liver etc -  There is more lattitude here for variance, but side effects are important.  So probably a low rate of change and variability.
  • Skeleton, muscle skin -  Maybe there is a fair degree of latitude here.  In a sense, bone and bone marrow are highly dynamic - changing with [average,peak] stresses of living.  I've often though that bone thickness and the "bone fibre" in the marrow are like neural networks - computational systems for [strenght, stress, shock, bio-affordability].
  • Hands -  Special case I haven't thought of much.  Dexterity and strength are critical for human effectiveness, and robustness must be really important.
  • Facial features, skin color etc -  Now variability is important!   (mate selection, identification of individuals, etc)  Actually, for spies and crooks, there would be huge advantage to having "morphing [facial,hair] features" so they can more easily escape detection.  An interesting side issue is that Mendelian heredity
  • Endocrine system
  • brain -  As a set of many, many "universal function approximators",  fairly large changes in brain [synapses,neuron function,architecture] and concepts well past [operating systems,controls] can be expeerimented with without undue catastrophe - as much can be compensated for.
  • psychology & social -
  • language - Gary Markus "Kluge" ( about the immaturity of the evolution of human language, from which I infer massive evolution both gradually and in "switch-overs".
  • behaviour -  Not only hugely flexible, but my guess is that propbably little of "innate behaviour" ever gets expressed, as the conditions only arise for some individuals in some generations.  But we only need to consider family and friends to know that there is HUGE potential for biological [diversity, change] in behaviour.

Future effects -  trivial deterministic [actions,thoughts] versus  giant [creative,powerful,non-predictive] realistic changes
Much of Hollywood necessarily focuses on fast changes in a breakthrough [concept,science], but the beauty and richness of time and effort are far more substantial.  I think this has created gross misunderstandings in the scientific community, not to mention the public. 

Lamarckian heredity versus Mendellian heredity  -  This another really fun subject
  • "...   The objective of our group is to destroy the central dogma of all biology : genetics   ..."  George Mattick's group at the Uof Queensland, Brisbane (~2002?).   As usual, grand pronouncements of certainty and truth by essentially ALL [govenment,academic] reserach scientists have proved to be baloney, over and over.
  • Lyshenkoism -  Was he RIGHT (at least partially)?  He certainly became hated ...  and sometimes that's a signal to look closer.  It might even be a fun [politically-incorrect, historically based] portion of a film, with DARK overtones?

Evolving Connectionist Systems (ECOS, Nik Kasabov, Auckland, NZ) -  Nik is a giant in the area (Plamen Angelov is the younger leader), but I've no time to explain.

Hyper-evolution -  
  • "Neuro-evolution"  (Risto Miikkulainen and Ken Stanley) -  see my email to you 19Jun2018.  This takes on special significance with human-machine hybrids (see Ted Berger comment below), as advancing understanding AND re-definition of the process of evolution itself will be extremely easy to implement on the machine side (famous last words).

Science side - Genetics and  sub-themes
While I have spent a significant amount of time looking into this (MindCode, for example),  I just haven't been able to keep it up.  I am also out of time to work on this email, so I'll leave it to the side for now.

Epigenetic switches and childhood [mental,behavioural] dysfunction caused by home environment (Michael Healy, McGillU) -   Early stage, how will this progress?  Getting back to parenting again.... ???  Are we all damaged?  Is damage caused by modern parenting theory?

Programmable genetic phages for medical treatments (?Israeli paper ~2002?) -  They emphasized on cancer, but the concept is very broad in application potential (if it can be done).  It could be [related to,combined with] to the huge problem of getting past the "small-molecule" limitations of medications, because only they can easily get across the membranes.  Large molecules could be vastly more powerful, effective, limited in side effects.  So how can one deliver macromolecules. 

"Our objective is to destroy the central dogma of all biology : Genetics"  (John Mattick & colleagues, ~2002?)

see also MindCode above ...

[Sci-Fi,Psyc] Films that come to mind

Sci-Fi - with  Some relevance to "Karma" proposal
Most films listed below are heavy on the robot side of things. 

Ready Player One -  Easter Egg, gamers (few hot shots, but everybody wants to be one?), love story, evil company, revolt
Near the end of the film, a BIG hint :
Parcival :  "Is Halliday dead?"
Halliday : "Yes"
Parcival :   "Are you an Avatar?"
Halliday :  "No."

Ex Machina -   Strong conceptual basis and questions (albeit classical Artificial Intelligence more than modern Computational Intelligence), sexy robot, a bit [stale,tinny,slow] like Kubrick films

Galatica  (prelude to Battlestar Galactica series, which I've never watched)  (no so much Caprica) -  Interesting and nicely done

Minority Report (Tom Cruise)  -  "Pre-cludes" [mind,situation,prediction]  theme

Selfless (Ryan Renolds, ?Ian? Kingsley) -  Tycoon takes body of another, but the original mind resurfaces

Kill Command -  great portrayal of machine evolution (but again anti-robot racism)

Player of games (author?)  -  Sci-fi BOOK (no film yet that I'm aware of).  Really interesting perspective on society, game theory, etc


The Sixth Sense - with Bruce Willis.  Somewhat distantly related to your theme (on the Sarah side).

These probably shouldn't be listed, but they are great films and the way they were put together may help provoke ideas.

Lord of the Rings, Hobbit -  Very powerful series for me, having read the books decades ago.

Beowulf -  Fun for me because of the traditional [teutonic?, viking] mythology base

Labyrinth (David Bowie music and acting)  -  children's film, beatiful music (dance scene)

Pathfinder -  Viking-in_North-America plus indigenous theme, dark mood but well done

Legend of the Naga Pearls -  Plot is a bit [crummy simple], but well put together, and with a mythology-style theme.

Great Wall (Matt Damon & ?French actor?) - fascinates me, probably because it refers to ancient legends about the wall, and I have no idea if there  is any real [myth,legend] for a periodic natural  "invasion" from the North (likely herbervoire migrations, rather than carnivore?).   However, Mongols on horses, especially if they had vastly superior "breakthrough" war horses, would be easily believable.  Kind of a human-animal hybrid of terror.

Not so much : -    Not related so much to "Karma", but I mention anyways

Warcraft - superbly done animation film, great theme action, challenges.  but not much [mind,memory] stuff.

Predator, Total Recall  (Swarzenegger version, but recent is good too)  -  Something haunting, attractive about them

Tales of Riddick (vin Diesel in Crematoria) -  Richly done sci-fi film

Guardians of the Galaxy -  great music, animation, story.  Witty and hilarious at the right places.

Blade Runner (original and recent) -  does deal with robot [equality,rights]

Matrix - powerful film!  fun

Extermination (recent Netflix) -  Earth-reclamation invasion by humans against a terrified android population
Oblivion (Tom Cruise) -  Cloned humans fighting terrorists, unknowingly on behalf of aliens who have already conquered Earth

Dune -  The film itself is a bit tinny, but the book had really fired up the imagination.  I have a DVD

I am Legend (Will Smith) -  Plague story nicely done, with zombie [learning,evolution,leadership] 

iRobot (Will Smith) - not warm to Asimov's 3 principals, but film well done.  I don't put it under "sci-fi with relevance to Karma" as I don't see it that way. 

Loopers (Bruce Willis, ???) -   Time travel, love story

Code ?47?, 

Max Headroom - just the yapping head, not the film itself

Dislike :
[Marvel,DC] comic book stuff - but they almost all dominate now
Sci-fi horror (eg ??)  -  You know me, (I think I stated this elsewhere), - I'm the worst guy to go to a horror film as I usually hate them.  Given the [stupid,cowardly,myopic] characters, I usually end up cheering for the monster...
Chick Flicks

Small editorial things - that caught me on first reading
Random, scattered, incorrect comments - normally you addressed the points below at a later stage of the document.

Initially, it seemed to me that there was a contradiction :
p3h0.65  statement       "...   Their paths cross when the scientist’s brilliant brother falls into a mysterious coma.   ..."
p6h0.65  contradiction  "...   Soon after, however, he falls into a mysterious coma.   ..."
However, on closer look there is no contradiction, it just seemed like that because both twins are neuroscientists, and I mixed up roles.

p3h0.75  change to "...   an equally terrifying and beautiful world and,   ..."

p7h0.7  currently   "...   Abigail contacts Sarah, a schizophrenic psychic healer who can travel to past lives,   ..."
Is Sarah a schizophrenic psychic healer, or a psychic healer of schizophrenics?  The first case, as written,  is probably more interesting. 
p8h1.0 answers this :   "...   maybe this journey will be the key to uncovering the foreign voice in her head...   ..."
p14h0.9   also   "...   These hyper-realistic journeys trigger her schizophrenia to new levels,   ..."
A BIG question for me, is how will you [interpret,portray,use] schizophrenia in the series.   The diversity of ideas is huge, even if convention says otherwise.
Question :  Do you really intend "paranoid schizophrenia", or psychopathic paranoid schizophrenia?
p15h0.8  answers "...   Despite her new found success, it hasn't always been easy for Sarah. She was diagnosed schizophrenic and suicidal at a young age and put in and out of institutions. Today, she is still afflicted by this voice, the one she has always heard.   ..."

p8h0.55  "...   all the while trying to level their mistrust in one another.   ..."
A bit [cloudy,ambiguous], but perhaps that is intended.  The reader's initial assumption is that they started with trust  (Abigail hired Sarah), but perhaps intervening scenes will develop suspicions.

p8h0.7   "...   which she now sees as an opportunity to author and overpower her brother.   ..."
What do you mean by "author" - she already "authors" as a neuro-scientist.   Perhaps what you mean is to be seen as the [originator,inventor] of the concept, and the one who made it work and displace earlier scientific ideas?
Presumably it's too early for Abigail to know her brother is "doing things" while in a comma?   One does not have to "overpower" someone in a comma!
p16h0.7  "...   hunger for celebrity as her twin brother   ..."

p18h0.9   "...   manipulate the arrow of time and tap into memories that stretch far before this life... and future ones?   ..."
I would change the last part which to me is awkward - maybe somethin like "...    and after it into future lives?  ..."

p19h0.95   Owen's character profile : "...   His secret is that he he knows about Vincent's experimental research, and will use it to succeed... at all cost.   ..."
You have almost no choice in how you portray business leaders, as this sad commentary is the overwhelming "knowledge" of our whole society, and Hollywood in particular.   It is also one of the greatest failures of Western thinking, especially while combined with the "[money,greed] is the basis of all evil".   A look at the greatest evils says almost the opposite.

p20 - 

-------- Forwarded Message --------

Subject: Paradigm Shift examples
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:54:22 -0600
From: Bill Howell. Hussar. Alberta. Canada <>
To: Catherine Howell. Founder. EightLoop Social & Yeity website. Auckland. New Zealand <>

Ouch!  I started on this after your 23Jul2018 phone call, jotted down brain-farts, got buried in my physics project till 04Aug, jotted more paradigms, got into work for a week or so, and got back to paradigms today.   This email started to become a monster in spite of not having all ideas that popped to mind.   There are a huge number of great paradigm shifts and revolutionary thoughts.  However, I find these percolate to the surface only slowly as I try to remember, and only rarely do I remember those that struck me several decades ago.

The first problem is to define "paradigm shift", as I'm sure that Thomas Kuhn's definition has been [expanded, contorted] over the years (see my comment towards the end below, that I strangely avoid formal reading of Khun).   Perhaps a safe, conservative definition would be restricted to abrupt changes to the overwhelming, mainstream science beliefs (theories, concepts).  But that conflicts much broader popular usage today.  And to me, the paradigmatic problems in scientific thinking are no different than we see across [societies,history,subjects].  I prefer at this stage to include :
  • Fashionable catch-phrases - "paradigm shifts" is DEFINITELY one of these, even if Khun's original work was not, so be wary of putting too narrow (also, see Saran-wrap theories under "Sociology" section below)
  • Same old lamp, new label -  Funny how a little shining up turns ancient concepts into brand-new genius.  Reminds me of the fashion industry (which these are, only intellectually).
  • Trends, ideas, questions
  • Practices, theories, religions (which include theories!)
  • Some fun brain-farts, no matter how objectionable, as the provocative contrasts to convention can be very useful
  • multiple conflicting hypothesis (my own attempt to avoid belief traps)
Only a few of my examples below are conventional paradigm shifts.  Perhaps just as well, as it's hard to fit my thinking into what excites others, and the diversity of what's below may be more useful than a recant of conventional examples.  None of this is original - it is my expectation that "multiple, time-distended-or-simultaneous invention" is the norm across historical time-periods even for much modern thinking.  Nor is any of it [true,false,right,wrong] - I find that a self-imposed "multiple conflicting hypothesis" makes those criteria less relevant, if still present. 

Unrecognized paradigm shifts are as bad as unanticipated paradigm shifts - very hard to deal with.  And, by the way, if you cherish and follow popular paradigms, then you aren't a paradigmatic thinker, you're a follower.  Make your own paradigms.

Anyways, I had better stop here for now.  In any case, there is no way to make the lists or explanations complete within a "practically finite" amount of time.


Paradigm Shift  examples - [past,present,future]

Self-development, self-image
  • "Too much stability is poison for a person's soul, too much instability may kill them" -  Modern economic theory seeks stability, given its' huge [advantages, efficiencies, social stability].  But seemingly no-one (other than Ayn Rands group including Alan Greenspan, Former US Federal Reserve Chair), and population dynamics biologists, seems to [know of,point out] its' negative aspects.  I won't dwell on this issue, other than to say Western Civilisation may swing back from its' excessive search for stability, or perhaps that may yet another straw on the came's back for our civilisation.    At the individual level, I don't hear too much emphasis about "rising from the ashes", "40 years in the desert" type stuff, but that seems to be commonplace biography material for achievers.
  • Virtual reality [past,present,future] To me, the progress of real virtual reality can be traced from ancient [rites,festivals,story-telling] that were passed on verbally, to mass availability of books (first in libraries, then we could afford them individually), to radio (often a family listening activity, but not always), then to the HUGE transistions to multiple televisions, purchased movies and programs, and individual activity on the internet (plus more general modern entertainment). So what really has changed?   For sure, much higher quality [audio,visual,music,action,emotion,interactive,creative] communication through these media, huge diversity for many tastes and preferences.  And perhaps as important - much greater leisure time to put into it.

But is "virtual reality" about to go far beyond that (next point).

  • [Digital,robotic] cart [soul-mate,teacher,team-mate,coach,partner]
("cart" is the Cartesian array operator than each element from each array)
  • Chic awareness - minds filled and formed of [fashions, jargon, social membership] -  Perhaps this isn't a paradigm, but a constant reality, just as there are a very few individuals that aren't like that, at least for one or a few specific concepts. 
  • The one in ten thousand threshold, the one in a million, and [random,rare] subsampling versus emergence  -   Is there really much to fining the ultra-rare in a sea of chaff?   Experience seems to destroy statistics in this area, but maybe there is a reason that happens?

  • Family-less child rearing :  Charitable orphanages versus professional environments versus "toy parents" -   Any organisation of child-rearing other than family and single-parent mothers (only recently for the latter) tends to conjure up visions of horrible orphanages and aboriginal residential schools [abuse,culture destruction].   I suspect that this vision is mostly a lie interspersed with horrible but limited truths, and does GREAT injustice to [honest,humane,hard-working,dedicated] people who have put in great efforts (mostly organised by the now much-hated religions) to help the unfortunate.   All context is lost as well - the huge loss of live in past wars, great economic swings, and natural disasters that CANNOT be understood by modern minds. 

Many other [contexts,perspectives] on the issue are simply lost by modern monolithic thinking.   The modern family does not resemble families from just 150 years ago, when widespread public education was being instituted, rather than being exclusive to wealthy or [exceptional,priviledged] people.   At that time, children spent significant portions of the day away from parents, and homework extended their "absence" into the evening, rather than cooperating on the never-ending chores required pre-technology, mass markets (eg [clothes,food preparation, constant repairs, long work hours]).  Another change is that "adulthood" and possibly marriage, may have been attained by 13 to 15 years of age prior to the early to mid-1900's?  The progress of real virtual reality discussed, as in a point above, consumes more and more of children's time, and seems to be a major means of "babysitting" used by parents (if not THE major means?). While many parents put in huge after-work hours chapperoning their children to sorts and other activities, many if most do not.  The modern ban on child labor (do they really learn much more from idleness? - some for sure, but I wonder about all), and massive idle time means that parents are only marginally involved in childrens' days, especially as they get older.   What is the fraction of a day that children actively interact with their parents?  Can [small,intermittent] time slots be compensated by"quality", and if so how often is "quality" attained?  Children have substantially been raised outside of the family for many decades.  The push to working mothers has dramatically extended down to much young ages, and that trend seems to be continuing.  

My guess is that most social problems arise from the affected individuals themselves, but some arise from off-parenting and societal challenges such as sustance abuse, crime, and [jobless,responsibility-less] youth (apart from school,organised activities where children have a contributing role).   Modern, tight constraints on parenting also create obstacles, but perhaps glaring problems include sub-effective parenting, societal mis-direction, and a loss of purpose apart from the often difficult-to-sustain long-term educational objectives, which are a problem for many.

We've already come a long way towards parentless families.  Can profeesional [organisations, parents] not also provide a "bed-rock" of support [emotional, values, stability, love] and "family" if when properly run?  I think history has said yes for a long time, even though foster parents have perhaps been of greater importance.

  • Bachelor lives as the norm?  -  While the "family" focus above is child-centric, changes in the family have also called into question the whole idea of marriage.  Why be married for anything longer than the time to raise one or two children?  For some (25%?), lifelong marriage is the perhaps the best thing they have, for some (50%?) it goes from bearable to very good (but need a break sometimes), and the rest (25%?) never should get married in the first place.  Recognizing that, and [counselling, educating] people for it in early school might halp avoid a great many problems for individuals and society.  This paradigm has already progressed a long way, and there is less change from now to the point where marriages won't exist, than to look at how far the changes have already progressed.

Bachelor life does NOT imply a never-ending series of close relationships.  Friendships, rather than [boy,girl]-friends

  • "Children [raised,taught] to be [idle,non-responsible,uncommitted,hedonistic]"  -  Yeah, I know, the educational, politically-correct rhetoric says this just isn't the case, but they say a lot of things.   Does this really work?  Or are we simply relying on the idleness afforded by an ephemeral [science,technology,economic] headstart, that may rapidly evaporate soon as other Civilisations surpass us?  I don't know, and feel it could go either way, but if history (in particular Ibn Khaldun's history) repeats itself, then ...  On the other hand, creative breakthoughs have been a staple, so if you really believe others aren't creative ... (open your eyes and look at Bollywood, Thai, Chinese films before believing that).
  • "The future belongs to societies that can best breed humans" - Kind of a [contrast,twist,extension] of the "...   week shall inherit the Earth   ..." idea.  The most intruiging thing to me about this is the inability, even of farmers, to consider this inspite of its long history, not only in farming, but societies (including our own!!).  Will the pendulum swing back, and our current paradigm change?

Food, Environment

  • Aging :  "We may be the last generation to die" (presenter in early-mid 2000s) -  I did a survey on that, but never wrote up the results and comments.  Pity.  Very interesting potential impacts on [iIndividuals, economics, societies].   This theme may change dramatically, or not?  It seems to be a tough biological nut to crack.
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) -  Here is a widespread paradigm shift meeting Luditism. 
  • Organic farming all over again? -  Here is the resurgence of an ancient paradigm re-surfacing in a modern context of complete ignorance of it's origina and implications. 
  • Robotic farming of territories, not acres -   Coming from the "Mining Automation Program" of the mid-1990s-early-2000s for underground hard rock mines, it seems to me that [seeding,spraying,combining] should be relatively easy to automate, such that few equipment would have an on-board human operator.   On the other hand, huge teams of [mechanics, machinist, welders, instrumentation, electrical, logistics] specialists would be required for [maintenance, programming, upgrades], perhaps as contract services to smaller farmers, or as parts of huge farming organisations.  
  • (Michael Healy, McGillU) -  epigenetic switches and childhood [mental,behavioural] dysfunction caused by home environment.   Early stage, how will this progress?  Getting back to parenting again.... ???  Are we all damaged?  Is damage caused by modern parenting theory?
  • Medical cleanliness -   Before the identification of microbes, Louis Pasteur's [1862 microbe infection idea (spontaneous generation), germ theory of disease (1877-1887) and pasteurisation (<1865?)],  and John Snow's map of the 1854 London cholera outbreak, Ignaz Semmelweis, starting >1846, instituted the practice of surgeons washing their hands before surgery, dramatically reducing the incidence of childbed fever, that killed mothers and babies at a high rate, particularly in hospitals (and in contrast to midwives, for which rates were lower?), which he attributed to "cadaverous particles".   At the end of his two-year assistanceship he was fired for his heretical practice.  (Brett Holverstott "Randell Mills and the search for hydrino energy" 2016, p3) .  
We are still improving hospital hygiene.   But this really raises the question of other health cahllenges - which are hindered by "what we know" today?   What about real causes for cancer, mental illness, etc, etc, and while work has been pursued frenetically in the areas of [genetics,epigentics], how is this hindered by current scientific religions?

  • Electric universe revolution
  • Hydrino energy (fractional quantum levels of electrons, Bill Lucas, ) - 
  • Fusion - SAFIRE project (affiliated with Electric Universe community),
  • [Wood, dung], coal, oil & gas, fission -  As new eras come in, there is always a bit of the old.
  • Solar, wind, peak oil  a little substance, a lot of [crap, deception, stupidity] -  Thesee are great where they make sense, stupid where they are just a fashion.  A lot of drive from the CO2 insanity of scientists.
  • "Control theory and materials are often the limiting conditions for a technology" -  The hidden stories of [Materials,instrumentation,controls]  are vastly important for modern society, but hidden "under the hood" from the view of most people and therefore grossly underappreciated and taken for granted.  I mostly focus on very advanced control theories (my peer reviews of scientific journal paper submissions), butmany [technology,

Management, Jobs, Markets
  • The minimum cognitive threshold to be economically competitiveand -  Minimum dexteritythreshold to be economically competitive -   The threshold has been changing since BEFORE the industrial revolution, butthe new stuff really raises this issue!!!
  • [privacy,perfomance,trade unions] versus advanced quantitative measures of [effort,performance] -  Will security be the sole domain of the highly unionised employees, how will global labor markets change how this works?
  • From from farmers' markets, to Sears catalogues, to Urban shopping malls, to online markets  -  
  • Workless lives for a large majority?
  • Removing humans from the process -  Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc etc are showing that things vastly improve in [quality,effiicency, cost] where technology is able to replace humans.  Humans don't disappear at all - they are still critical to success, but only with the right humans in the right context doing the right things.  Of course, this was the same lesson in the Industrial revolution, and energy is still very much a part of the change (10% of US electrical demand is for server fams & connections).  Obviously, this has always been a very sensitive issue, understandingly with a lot of disruption and backlash.  Nothing like the continuous pre-industrial wars, and the enormous [starvations,floods, pestulence,plagues,fires,etc] of agrarian societies, that dwarf what we see today.
  • Job ownership
  • Gods of our own creation (mathematician George Zimmerman) - 
  • Musical chairs and the gambling casino of careers -  
  • Modern workplace distractions -  How does management get some time from some employees some of the time? - 
  • Wall Street
    • Bulls can make money, bears can make money, but pigs always lose - 
    • A rising tide carries all ships - a warning not to let your fat head delude you, as it wasn't your genious
    • sheesh, I've forgotten treasures!!!! ...
  • The Bell Curve (Richard Hernstein and Charles Murry, ~1980?) and Societal Wealth distributions (Pareto and Benoit Mandelbrot) -  Big lessons here, heretical and definitely paradym shifts
  • "Tomorrow morning, robots will serve us breakfast in bed, and we'll be vacationing on the planet Mars" -  Transportation
  • "[Random,rare] subsampling of information flows"  -  Communications 
  • Project-based careers -  What if we mostly become contractors to human-resource outfits and globally diverse personal clients, rather than traditional consulting companies?

History, War, Politics
  • The collapse of Western Civilisation?  -  I bought Spengler's "Decline of Western civilisation"  but I have far too great a backlog of reading in history, and history is a tertiary priority for me (read : rare to find the time). 
  • "Government of the parasites, by the parasites, for the parasites" -   I think this has been an issue throughout history, but modern Western democracies may be particularly vulnerable to it.  It may not so much be a self-regulating problem, rather, the solution might often consist of prolonged stagnation, and perhaps long-term subjection by conquerers if it goes too far.  

But it is easiest for me to describe in terms of modern Western democracies, given the source and nature of the phrase.  No doubt early debates (perhaps as far back as ancient Athens, or the short-lived Dutch republic) identified this possibility before democracies really became entrenched.   In modern times the effect may be amplified.  Who really has anticipated the function and effects of democracies when large portions of the population are idle, and become a major influence over polities and law?   Democracies are supposed to represent multiple conflicting viewpoints, few if any of which will have a   Is it possible for a societal disease to become a proactive agent for progress and function (I think this is the case to some extent, but...)?  What does this mean in competitive landscapes, especially when all or most of the competition have similar issues?

  • "Our system of injustice protects the crooks and punishes the victims"
  • "Fools and cowards must be conquered - it is [unethical,immoral] not to do so" -  Not actually a quote of Ghengis Khan, as I suspect he didn't speak english.  
  • Some of my favourite themes by others -  
    • "Resting on one's oars : to survive, a civilisation must eventually reject the concepts that led to its success"  (Arnold J. Toynbee) - 
    • 3 or 4 generation lifespan of societies  (Ibn Khaldun, ~1400AD)
    • Decadal to Billion year cycles (Puetz etal -  As I state on my blog "...  this paper provides a breath-taking model for [astronomical, geological, genetic, climate, etc] cycles from 57 ky to 14 Gy - a vastly greater span than I've seen before. Furthermore, the concept seems likely to be extensible to much shorter times-scales. For example, authors do discuss sunspot cycles, and I'll take a wild guess that this will work at least down to semi-annual timescales, but likely to tiny fractions of seconds (ad-inifitesimal?).  ... and...   Human [history, markets, etc] effects are of interest to the authors.  ..."   Back to the old paradigm of the destiny ordained by Gods, albeit with room to manoeuver?  Also reminiscent of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" sci-fi series (I read the first book only, was excited, then bored & disappoint with start of second and dropped it).
  • "Butterflies in the clouds, and the Milancovich wandering of greener pastures and glaciers :  Towards a quasi-predictive model of civilisations" -  
  • "Capitalism can't be a political basis in modern democracies, and really wasn't what socialism replaced"
  • Moral hazard and [policies,politics,psychology,sociology] (insurance industry), "The path to hell is paved with good intentions" (??) - 
  • Saran-wrap plastic theories - 
  • "Guns, germs, and steel", "Collapse" (Jarod Diamond)
  • "Collapse of Complex Societies" (??) - 
  • [What,where,who] is the next great political system? -   Socialist thought dominates the modern world, with strong sectors of Islamic and other thinking.  What are the next systems?
  • Put your money on your vote (against monkey-vote democracy) -  Most people say one thing, but [do,spend] the opposite.  
  • The critical need for wealth and poverty -
  • Homogenization versus segregation : how does the pendulum swing? -  basis for emergence of new, large ethnicities?

Religion, Philosophy, Psychology, Science, Mathematics
  • The primary driver of social change is affordability -  Here's an obnoxious and evil deviation from consensus thinking, that has resulted in fascinating (if emotional) past discussions.   This specifically targets the conventions :  education, culture, religion!  Rather than elaborate, I'll let it stew, and I won't look for older explanations I've given (some rainy day...)
  • Culture is subservient to language, but not so religion?
  • Post-[rational,logical,scientific] thinking - We take [rational,logical,scientific] thinking as being "the true way", and the "target to strive for] if other people weren't so stupid.   It is great (and often provably optimal) for classical problems in [technical,engineering,scientific] areas, and will continue to be a part of more advanced thinking, but it is inadequate for even modestly complex systems, and ignores that other "thinking" processes are essential for [solving real problem, decision-making,beliefs,etc] even when it is applied.   Non-[rational,logical,scientific] thinking includes [random or biased search,pattern recognition, ....  ????.   It's odd to me that so many scientists are rabidly anti-religious, given that many (if not most) the great strides in thinking were often developed in religions (Western science itself can be seen as having formal origins in religious communities, and the oft-portrayed religious antagonism to science is oft-untrue. 
  • Statistics misunderstood by statisticians -   Statistics are a great and powerful tool, but it is far less [reliable,sure] than portrayed.   How many mathematicians really understand the fragility of the Gaussian distribution assumption, problems with causality, the key role of statistics in making lousy theories work, the non-uniqueness of [results,conclusions,concepts], just to name a very few of many. many issues?
  • Data-driven (experience too?) versus theoretical versus modelling
  • Post-intellectual positioning : new basis for stupidity  - 
  • "General relativity is a turkey, quantum mechanics is a fool's paradise"  to which I should add "Cosmology is the largest-scale group intellectual masturbation project in history" - 
  • Super-luminal speeds -  Given my point directly above, then what are the implications of this point!   Warp 9, Scottie, or something like that.
  • Ancient maps, Erastothenes, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Catholic Church, Columbus (and nobody ever thought the world was flat) -  Sometimes the big, famous paradigm shifts are clear frauds-in-perpetuity, and the "flat-earth" rhetoric largely fits this.  The huge criticism of the Catholic Church is also partially fraudulent on this issue.  It's probably a good example of the "Don Quiote" approach to idea-&-self promotion : "Create a monster based on dishonest misrepresentation of your foes (from whom you may have stole your ideas and solutions), slay it, and be the hero."  In the meantime you dishonestly vilify [good,productive,effective,well-intentioned] people and enigrate their legacy.  But this does seem to be standard social behavior, amplified by political correctness.
  • [Rapid,discontinuous] evolution of evolutionary theory
  • "Our objective is to destroy the central dogma of all biology : Genetics"  (John Mattick & colleagues, ~2002?)
  • "Plate tectonics theory is broken" and Batman agrees 
  • "All theories are wrong, but some are useful"  (American geologist in 50's? - probably others going back to the ancients)
    • "...  but the most successful theories, which have passed from [fashion -> cult -> religion], ultimately become our greatest impediments to progress, as they stifle thinking, and are fiercely defemncded by their scientist-disciples, who destroy the personal lives and careers of those who dare challenge the beliefs.Howell -    To me, there are huge commonalities between modern scientists and traditional religious fanatics.
  • Multiple conflicting hypothesis -  A practice, not a belief, but key to keep me from too easily becoming a [believer, disciple, blind to conflicting data & other concepts].  I've explained this at other times (I think), and won't elaborate on it here.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) versus Computiational Intelligence (CI)  -  As per the  script for one of my videos :
"...   The field of Artificial Intelligence, or AI, attempts to build intelligence systems on the basis of more familiar rule-based operations and symbolism.   I like to say that it tries to attain machine intelligence by mimicking human [rational, logical, and scientific] reasoning.   It's best successes were probably expert systems and case-based reasoning, but these proved to be unable to tackle tougher challenges.

[00:31]  Lesser know is Computational Intelligence, or CI, which arose at the same time as AI, but it is in relative obscurity to the public even to the present day.   Computational Intelligence concepts are mostly based on mimicking natural processes.   In additional to Nature's inspiration, I like to say that the more profound successes of Computational Intelligence arise because it goes beyond [rational, logical, and scientific] reasoning.    However, keep in mind that Computational Intelligence also uses classical mathematical algorithms, and often is used with Artificial Intelligence as well.   ..."
Nobody's getting this message from the current hype, nor its implications for Western philosophy.

Precedents & Beyond paradigms

Thomas Khun "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions"
One cannot avoid constant reference to, and quotations from, Khun given my interst if the failures of scientific thinking.   And I've long been convinced that it is folly to NOT read the original work, and to only rely on the oft-rubbish interpretations of others.  In spite of that, for years I've intentionally avoided reading Khun.  The reason is that it is important for me to develop my own thinking as independently as possible.  At least two important outcomes are :
  1. I am not trapped within his context, which would tend to restrict my own thinking; and
  2. With past cases like this, I've found that I cannot truely understand and appreciate people's breakthroughs unless I flounder in the process myself.   This makes their work far more [impressive, fun, inspiring], but it does make me feel stupid.  That's OK, good rather than harm from that...

Malcolm Gladwell's "Tipping Point" 
Gladwell's books are interesting to me, initially because he created hype and fashion from ancient ideas with new terminology (how? and why are people so excited), and then as I read some interesting substance in his "Tiiping Point", that none who I talked to retained from his book.  There's a message there, and not just the normal politically-correct message.  It's like the phrase "paradigm"...

Lucio Russo "How science began in 300BC, and why it had to be reinvented"
Most ancient science was lost, and I assume the same for their paradigms!!!  Do we really have many new, significant paradigms, that one could have learned from the ancients?   Even in science on must be careful.  For example, Signmund Freud clearly credited some of his key ideas to the ancient Greeks.  Were these really ancients Greek ideas, or did they merely transcribe even more ancient sources?

Illustrative paradigmatic fiascos of modern science : "The bigger they are, the harder they fall"
  • Climate science - Anthropogenic CO2 as the primary driver of climate since 1850
  • Cosmology - the origins of the universe, Big Bang and other garbage
  • many, many, many more - but I'll stop here

What was the fraud : the science or our scientist-reactionaries?
  • The structure of liquid water (Soviet chemist Derjagin? and ??)
  • Red Shift & Halton Arp
  • Cold fusion (Pons and ?Fleishman?) - plus a myriad other ideas that conflict with quantum mechanics etc
  • Carcinogenicity & toxicity - measures and beliefs
  • and on, and on - does any area of science not have these?

Karl Popper -  falsifiable hypothesis. Lazy and out of time, I'll just quote :
"...   Popper’s early work attempts to solve the problem of demarcation and offer a clear criterion that distinguishes scientific theories from metaphysical or mythological claims. Popper’s falsificationist methodology holds that scientific theories are characterized by entailing predictions that future observations might reveal to be false. When theories are falsified by such observations, scientists can respond by revising the theory, or by rejecting the theory in favor of a rival or by maintaining the theory as is and changing an auxiliary hypothesis. In either case, however, this process must aim at the production of new, falsifiable predictions   ..."

Sir William of Occam -  "Occam's razor" or "Keep it simple, stupid" (KISS)

Tomas Aquino,

"A good question is worth a thousand good answers" -  although these can get you [unemployed,outcast,killed].  


Bill Howell's videos :

ALL videos are provided in ogv file format, which is of higher quality and easier and more natural to me in a Linux environment. Microsoft Windows (and hopefully MacIntosh?) users can view this by downloading the VLC media viewer. "... VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files, and various streaming protocols. ...".
  • 28Oct2017 Past and Future Worlds - a STEM presentation for kids (540 Mbytes split into 11 scenes) This presentation was prepared for the Drumheller Library, Alberta, Canada, as part of their Science, Technology, Engineering, Technology (STEM) project for kids 8-12 years old. A few selected themes, many will simple "experiments" are presented, and includes the themes :
    1. What do you do with theories that are wrong?
    2. Expanding Earth hypothesis versus Continental Drift
    3. Computational Intelligence versus Artificial Intelligence
    4. Hearing Aids
    5. Language translation
    6. Human Cognition
    Toolsets can be browsed via: Past and Future Worlds directory. Perhaps these may be of interest, help] to others putting together a film from Linux-based free software.
    (first posted 28Oct2017)

  • 01Sep2016 Big Data, Deep Learning, and Safety (570 Mbytes) This is a video made from a presentation that I gave on 01Sep2016 at ACM Facility Safety, Calgary, Canada. While I had essentially all of the material (including voice recordings at the time of the presentation, I converted the entire presentation to video to have a compact, useable format to post of the web. ACM, holds regular meetings each month where enginners and safety experts can exchange [challenges, approaches, ideas, failures, successes].
    The video is in ".ogv" format (Open Graphics Group - related, I think), which will be problematic to many MS Windows and Mac users (you will have to download a video player that can use ogv format).
    In addition to the video of the presentation, "Howell 161220 Big Data, Deep Learning, Safety.ogv">, I have also posted the [software, scheduling/coding spredsheet, slides, etc] used to produce the video, but not any proprietary video segments (to reduce space). This may be of use to others who produce videos and would like to kow how I approached this. It won't be directly adapatable, as I have used a little-known language, Queen's University of Kingston "Nested Interactive Array Language (Q'Nial) to actually run the playing of [slides, references, images, videos, etc] of which it is composed. Although there is some documentation, it is very limited.
    As far as I know, ACM closed its operations later that year due to the collapse in their oil&gas related safety consulting business following the combined double-whammy of the oil price collapse and a provincial government hostile to the oil&gas (and essentially all other) industries.
    Toolsets can be browsed via: Big Data, Deep Learning, and Safety directory. Perhaps these may be of interest, help] to others putting together a film from Linux-based free software.
    (video first posted 08Dec2015, software, slides etc used to produce video posted 26Sep2017)

  • 25May2015 Icebreaker unchained : We should have lost World War II Here is a crazy re-interpretation of the [origins, drive, planning, organisation, execution] of World War II, in the form of background material for a series of videos. The current video series are from the perspective of the Nazi campaigns leading up to Operation Barbarossa (the initial Nazi invasion of Russia), and I have produced a [DRAFT, incomplete, uncorrected] version of Part I of the video series. As the content draws substantially from copyrighted film segments and images, it cannot be distributed. However, the incomplete script (part of which is incomplete outline form) is posted, as are the toolsets I have been using to build the film [programs, spreadsheets, script files, my voice recordings, etc]. I am posting this now, as I can only work on the film for part of two months or so out of a year, and it will take at least several years to finish.
    The main theme is that much of WWII progressed as planned and prepared by the Soviets - as manifested by the timing and direction of both the Nazis and Japanese during the initial part of the war, and even by the [timing, direction] of actions by the Americans and British. That's a bit of a stretch for sure, and I am not proposing that the theme is correct. But it just may be more correct in many ways than the overwhelming mainstream historical interpretations, at least on key points and the big picture of the war.
    Toolsets can be browsed via: Icebreaker unchained directory. Perhaps these may be of interest, help] to others putting together a film from Linux-based free software.
    (first posted 25May2015, incomplete & full of errors, based on work still in development since 23May2009)