Re: Ikedaian Cabalism

From: george murphy (
Date: Sun Jun 24 2001 - 17:21:31 EDT

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    Tim Ikeda wrote:

    > I recently made the startling discovery that when I measure the
    > circumference of a circle and divide that number by twice the
    > circle's radius, the value of pi appears! I've been able to confirm
    > this result to three decimal places so far, using no more than a
    > simple protractor and a ruler.

            It goes without saying that I'm mightily impressed by all your
    discoveries. I think it's even more interesting that you apparently grew
    up in a culture where a great deal of progress had been made in algebra
    and analysis while almost nothing had been done in geometry. I would
    guess that pi had been defined by some formula such as
                            pi/4 = 1 - 1/3 + 1/5 - 1/7 + ....
    or in terms of some integral like a gamma function. The discovery that
    the same number occurred in an elementary geometry problem would then
    have been quite a surprise.



    George L. Murphy
    "The Science-Theology Dialogue"

    > This isn't the only "special" number I've encountered. I once
    > monitored the growth of bacterial cultures in liquid media and found
    > that the rate of increase in cell counts could be mathematically
    > manipulated such that the value "e" appeared (But I could only get
    > about 2 significant figures in this case due to cell adaptation
    > and nutrient exhaustion).
    > Most recently, I've converted the letters in my name to ASCII values,
    > added up the even positions, summed that value with the cube of the
    > sum of the odd positions and found I could derive the following
    > relationship:
    > N = pi * e * K (where K is an irrational constant)
    > Oddly enough, I can sum the odd positions, add that value to the cube
    > of the sum of the even positions, and derive an almost identical
    > relationship:
    > N2 = pi * e * K2 (where K2 is also a constant, irrational value)
    > I take this as evidence that the universe was created especially
    > for me. While it's conceivable the universe was created for someone
    > else with the same name, I calculated the odds of that happening
    > as << 1/1E90 (after I factored in left-handedness, locations of
    > birthmarks, blood type and the ability to recite Monty Python's
    > "The Lumberjack Song" from memory with > 70% accuracy). Given that
    > this order of magnitude is greater than the number of protons in
    > the universe, this alternate option is physically impossible* and
    > need not be considered further.
    > Please rest assured that I am a benevolent "center of the universe":
    > I only ask that people put in a reasonable effort not to disturb my
    > free-time on weekends. I also look favorably on those who don't take
    > screaming infants or misbehaving children into decent restaurants
    > (e.g. anything better than the Waffle house or Perkins) and movie
    > theaters showing anything but G-rated pictures.
    > Regards,
    > Tim Ikeda (
    > *Assuming the "multiverse" hypothesis of cosmology is incorrect.
    > Actually, consideration of explanatory parsimony** conclusively
    > proves the multiverse concept is impossible.
    > ** Explanatory parsimony is a clever philosophical tool that
    > permits us to completely ignore explanations that are least
    > parsimonious, or that appear less parsimonious than an alternate
    > explanation we may happen to favor at the time. That this tool can
    > never be proven to operate properly is but a minor point. As rule
    > of thumb in science, I've personally found that the most
    > parsimonious explanation, "my lab partner messed up my experiment"
    > is often incorrect. Instead, the second or third most parsimonious
    > explanations (e.g #2 - "I screwed up" & #3 - "The results are
    > actually legitimate") tend to be correct. However, this is not to
    > detract from the ability to rule out the least parsimonious
    > explanations like: "Hera, jealous of the god, Zeus, tinkled in
    > my flask and upset the culture's nitrogen balance", which at
    > best, may only have happened once with my experiments.

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