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The unthinkable, the inconceivable has occurred. That's right, Wes has graduated.  His Harvard personal Website has graduated with him, so he's migrated over to Bravehost, with a site in chronic need of updating.
 

Wes Ulm's (old) Webpage and (occasional) update site for Echoes of the Mystic Chords: A Novel

Hi there, unsuspecting Web surfer. Due to some horrible misalignment of the stars or a punishment for being personally ousted by Donald Trump's grandson on Apprentice Season 36, you've managed to wander over to my Website. Or maybe you were just looking for a little pit stop on your latest voyage through the wild dirt roads of the information superhighway, and followed the misleading neon signs on that search engine. (We all get lost sometimes.) Whatever the reason, I, Wes Ulm, your friendly neighborhood Webmaster, will do my utmost to make your little sojourn here enjoyable while you're waiting for Craigslist or Amazon to load up on that browser of yours.

This is my Website from mainly around 2005-2009ish, when I began transferring data from my academic Websites (which have the annoying habit of going offline after Graduation Day) and mainly just needed a sandbox and feedback for my more experimental ideas and forays into things like self-generating complexity and machine intelligence, as well as early-stage updates on the novel that's become Echoes of the Mystic Chords (and The Leibniz Demon trilogy as a whole). In other words, it was for pretty much everything outside my career and professional work.

For any repeat visitors out there, the popular linguistics and history sections have been fully transferred from the old Harvard Med site, as has most of the original material from that site with a few exceptions.  So things are in a continuous process of (re)-construction more-or-less. With my professional focus re-orienting more to bioinformatics and with Echoes heading to the presses, I've been shifting gears more toward social media avenues. But this will still be a permanent site with, among other things, some useful archival information from a formative period when the ideas behind these projects were starting to jell. So I've resolved to be a well-tempered Webmaster and make sure it stays updated in a somewhat reasonable fashion. 


The E.M.P.O.W.E.R. Initiative

E.M.P.O.W.E.R., an acronym for "Education and Microcredit for Poor Women in Endemic Regions," is a public health and policy project that I initiated while completing my studies at Harvard Medical School; it has become my chief focus of late.  It represents a systematic, coordinated effort to rapidly enhance sustainable development on a global scale, focusing on cost-effective and widespread improvements in an area with the most consistent, demonstrated causal link to optimal community health and sustained economic gains in poor societies: provision of the means for girls and young women to improve their station, decide their own futures, and acquire a stronger say in the direction of their towns and villages.  E.M.P.O.W.E.R. provides an efficient, targeted strategy to establish the social structures that open such opportunities, focusing on innovative steps to supply relevant basic education and facilitate access to streamlined microcredit sources.  By emphasizing the growth and maintenance of local networks, gains can be sustained even in the face of adverse social and economic circumstances�while fostering �islands of stability� that spread the knowhow and experience of local volunteers to adjacent localities with or without the direct input of E.M.P.O.W.E.R. participants themselves.  This document furnishes a brief (two-page) introduction to the initiative, intended both as a general description and an invitation to potential partners to join in this crucial effort.

Wes's Languages and Linguistics Page

Ever had that burning urge to just plunge in and learn a whole bunch of foreign languages? Ever wanted to speak in broken phrases (a bit more if I'm lucky) on all the world's continents? (crickets...) Well, for reasons inexplicable even to him, your friendly neighborhood Webmaster did. And he's got a section tailor-made for the aspiring multilingualist in you. The Languages section here uses "practical linguistics" techniques to help you learn and master a foreign language rapidly, efficiently, and-- most importantly-- with maximal retention for the long term, the sticking point for virtually any foreign tongue. 

My neurolbio side is going to totally geek out with this, but here goes: Our brains are structured to learn new items in the form of narratives, joining the cold data of factual memory (associated with the brain's hippocampus) with the emotional richness of event-driven memory (associated with the brain's amygdala), to create a coherent narrative that links symbols (and words) to the concepts and experiences they are intended to represent.  Languages throughout the world have evolved according to this structure, with sophisticated and abstract vocabulary generated from metaphors involving more concrete objects and concepts.  In some languages (such as Chinese, Arabic, or French), which have historically been "prestige languages" and generally retain their original vocabulary (e.g. of Greco-Latin origin in French), these metaphors are obvious, since both abstract vocabulary and grammar, and the basic wordstock we first learn as toddlers, draw from the same stream.  Things are different for languages like English, German, Farsi Persian, and Japanese (which evolved historically by absorbing thousands of loanwords from prestige languages in their civilizational spheres-- like Latin, French, Arabic, and Chinese). So getting a handle on this narrative structure in the etymology of languages can take some effort, which I've tried to distill in a hopefully interesting and entertaining manner in this section.

There are also some scattered articles on linguistic history, etymology, and policy, but overall this is a how-to guide designed to be of practical utility for you as you embark on your fantastic linguistic voyages. Will hopefully be especially useful for the figurative 21st-century treadmill runner who doesn't have much time to travel (and thus acquire conversational practice firsthand), providing you with an easy-to-use instructional toolkit to speak in tongues whatever your circumstances.


Wes's History Section

Looking for a site on history that leaps off the (Web)page? Something that demonstrates the relevance of ancient events to our modern world and answers all those nagging "I wonder how..." questions? A page that boasts a section on "sleeper history," about lesser-known historical events and figures that have had a massive impact on the course of world events? A page that'll help you finally win back that "I lost my other shirt in Las Vegas" T-shirt from your buddy via a well-placed (and well-informed) bet in Trivial Pursuit? Well, this is the page for you. I began writing historical essays all the way back in college, partly as practice for Jeopardy! and partly as clickbait (yeah, I admit it) for an abortive popular history book I'd begun outlining. (Good basic training for more recent non-abortive works at least.) . 

The book's working title was Frozen Accidents, a vignette-structured compilation of historically contingent, signal events (the "frozen accidents" of the title) that have "frozen in" the arbitrary cultural features that seem "standard" today across the world, everything from the 60-second clock to sports we play and the side of the road that our vehicles prefer for driving. Even though Frozen Accidents itself turned out to be a literary bridge too far, some of the pre-released articles got great feedback, so I've put together a sampling of my most popular amassed writings to provide some readily readable and digestible historical goodies. More broadly speaking, "sleeper history" entails intriguing, less-studied political movements, phenomena, individuals, and battles that you probably never encountered in school, but which continue to exert their effects on the cultural map of the modern world.


Application of the Chinese Characters as a Systematic, Quantitative "Universal Background Language" for Meaning- and Concept-Based (CONBASE) Data Searches and Interlingual Searching of High Sensitivity and Specificity

This dates back to around Fall 2008, a spin-off of other explorations on self-optimization and spontaneous emergence of intelligent behavior in networks of independent components, driven by recursively evolving algorithms.  (More about this in the "digital evolution of cells and tissues" discussion below.)  The focus, in a nutshell, is on studying and elaborating self-optimizing networks for classifying and plucking out useful subsets of information. It's a notion that shares some conceptual kinship with efforts in the biomedical domain to model human cells and tissues as information processors, which could be digitally reverse-engineered to enable high-value pathophysiological studies and discovery of new pharmaceuticals. 

Concept-based (CONBASE) searching is a particular challenge in any kind of search environment, whether for Webcrawling search engines or specialized, tag-driven database searching for specialized and scientific literature, yet it has a particularly high value-added component since it gets a bit closer to the sort of "first-principle" data aggregation and evaluation that the human mind has evolved to do so smoothly. So I took a very conjectural stab at this (a euphemistic way of saying "a shot in the dark") by combining several interdisciplinary, often rather arcane fields related to comparative linguistics, etymological history, and linguistic Sinology. As it turns out, the classic logograms of Chinese writing systems (most familiar in the form of Simplified and Traditional Chinese Characters) could possibly be adapted to do just this, and even allow such searches across numerous languages. The CC-CONBASE project


That Jeopardy! Thing...

Lived and breathed it back in 1997-98-- 5 shows and Tournament of Champions, plus perhaps whatever Special Tournaments arrive in the near future. This page (very much under construction) will have some hints on strategy and background for anyone considering taking the contestant test and making the jump to the big screen in the House of Alex Trebek. The short version: It's all about buzzer timing and category/clue selection, far more than raw knowledge, since prior screening ensures that all contestants have the last of these.  This page will contain some tips on everything from auditioning to Final Jeopardy! wagering to how to care and feeding of the buzzer.


Digital Konstruktion der menschlichen Geweben

Mathematischer Aufbau und Evolution der menschlichen Zelle, Geweben und Organe-- und seiner Pathophysiologie-- "vom Grund Auf"

{Webmaster's note: This was a project I began all the way back during a clinical rotation at von Haunersches Kinderspital in Munich, Germany, in March of 2006, with its conceptual roots stretching back all the way to about 2001.  There was some impressive work on bioinformatics at several of the universities in the region, and I became interested in a system to "evolve human cells from the ground up" using evolutionary algorithms.

The defining buzzword or "buzzterm" of this effort (gotta have one these days) would probably be something like "emergently-intelligent networks" --  or to be a little more specific, the systematic study of the self-optimization and spontaneous emergence of intelligence within networks of independently interacting components, under the control of recursively evolving algorithms. In other words lots of potential for cool projects... so long as said potential can be actually distilled down to specifics. A number of groups (especially those connected with tissue engineering) have been involved with producing "digital tissues" or organs, and there's increasing progress in making these digital representations fine-grained. So below is a summary of my original write-up on the topic (in German because of where it started), with some considerations of unifying principles and where to go next.


Seit mehr als 6 Jahre-- mit Beginn ungef�hr in der Mitte meines PhD Programms-- hab' ich ein ganz gro�es Interesse aufgezogen, in der M�glichkeit, eine Menschliche Zelle wesentlich "vom Grund auf" zu entwickeln und aufzubauen.  Das hei�t, ich will mit elementaren Komponenten anfangen, dann mathematische "Auswahlsregeln" wiederholt und rekursiv anwenden (und sie sich selbst fein abstimmen), um eine menschliche eukaryotische Zelle mit vollen selbst-aufrechterhaltenden F�higkeiten zu schaffen.  Die Makromolek�len, die die Zelle entstehen, werden durch ihre mathematische �quivalenten vertretet, dann in einem simulierten System entwickelt.  Um die Evolution immer mehr komplexere Strukturen zu modellieren, brauchen wir sowie ein "Entwicklerprogramm" (the "Evolver"), um die �nderungen einzufhren, und auch ein "W�hlungsprogramm" (the "Selector"), um die Evolution der Zelle zu richten.  Mein Zweck hier ist wesentlich, die Evolution der Zelle, der Geweben, und der Organe zu rekapitulieren um "Bilder" zu schaffen und aufzuzeichnen.  Damit k�nnen wir die entscheidenden Einzelheiten jeder Stufe der Evolution sehr klar beobachten und bemerken, um die zellulare Physiologie und Pathophysiologie leicht zu modellieren und verstehen.  Als wir die Zelle und ihre grundlegende Funktionen vertreten, so k�nnen wir auch die Ursachen und Urspr�ngen der wichtigsten Krankheiten-- w.z.B. Krebs, ansteckenden Krankheiten, Autoimmunerkrankgungen, und anderen wichtigen Krankheitsklassen.  Dann-- vielleicht die interessanteste Anwendung-- auch molek�lare Therapien dieser Krankheiten zu entwickeln, bei der Selektion und Evolution von Therapien in demselben System.  Somit handeln wir das Emergenz und die Evolution der Zelle, ihre Physiologie und Pathophysiologie, und die Therapien der Krankheiten, auf dem Niveau der reinen Information selbst. 

Ich hab' schon viel von diesem Projekt angefangen, aber am wichtigsten ist diese eine kollaborative Bemhung.   Ihre Teilnahme ist willkommen!  Bitte klicken sie auf dem Link, um mehr ber diesem Projekt zu lernen.

(Brief English recap:  I'm endeavoring to evolve and reverse-engineer a human cell from the ground up, then tissues, then organs.  Not in a Petri dish or a lab flask, but in a simulated environment with the basic macromolecules represented by mathematical equivalents, with "Evolver" and "Selector" programs to push the code to evolve as a functional cell, then on to more complex tissues and systems.  The idea is to recapitulate the evolutionary process that has fostered these complex structures and to capture snapshots on the history of this evolution and basic cellular processes like division, apoptosis, migration, and so on.  Then to model pathophysiology in the same manner, with the rise of e.g. cancer cells or active viral infection modeled within the same environment.  Eventually to evolve something of particular interest-- molecular therapies to treat those the homeostatic derangements in cells and tissues that cause what we recognize macroscopically as disease.  It's more-or-less conceived as a toolbox for rapid development of molecular therapies and tissue engineering.)


 Wes's Little Boston Citysearch Page:  Movies, Music, Restaurants, and other Pleasantries

Boston has a credible argument as maybe the country's premier college and young adult town, with several campuses and commuter institutions, a rousing sports scene at the college and especially professional levels, and so many decked-out Irish bars you'd be forgiven for thinking we have a rabbit hole straight to Limerick and Dublin.  (Cue a catchy tune from The Dropkick Murphys or The Twilight Lords in the background-- no trip to Boston is complete without it.)  Boston's restaurant scene is also a lesser-known gem that's (understandably) overshadowed by a certain 5-boroughed city to Boston's south; Boston's North End is perhaps best renowned as the HQ of Italian-American cuisine, but the Southeast Asian and especially Spanish/Mexican cuisine in this city has a surprising flair, even if at times it'll seem that you need to fork over a portion of your monthly salary for it.  This page has a little more on Boston's dining options, music, clubs and other hangouts.  {Archive from 2004-- a number of pages unfortunately didn't make the migration well from my Harvard University page, so it's still in the process of restoration.}



Wes's Travelogues Page

AKA Wes's lame attempt to imitate Let's Go and Fodor.  I've done my fair share of  globetrotting  to Europe and E. Asia, and like other fearless (or not) travelers, my first thought arriving at the airport is often something along the lines of, "Darn it, what did I forget to pack this time?" So here are some traveler's tips along with a few choice on-site recountings (including the all-important list of must-remember items to pack before heading overseas). {Archived from original academic Website, still under reconstruction}

An oldie (but still goodie) contact here.

Mini-resume here.

Updates on Echoes of the Mystic Chords

(This is an archival note from the summer of 2009. At that point, The Leibniz Demon, which as of late 2013 has become the name of the overall trilogy, was originally the title of the first novel itself -- with the renaming occurring in the wake of a "mini-epiphany" I had in mid-2012.)

One thing you quickly learn about any so-called "labor of love" is that's it's as much (or usually more) a labor of exhaustion and sheer exasperation at various points. The odyssey in this case refers to the philosophical, sci-fi/suspense, high concept thriller which I've entitled The Leibniz Demon. And an endless odyssey it sometimes seems.  I don't want to give too much away here regarding the plot, but I'll supply a few of the basics regarding the thematic elements and the novel's origin itself.  To paraphrase Bismarck's witty remark about making laws and sausages, the process of authoring a novel is not what one would call a clean and pristine affair.  (A hint to those diving into the process, as one of my mentors emphasized precisely: Economize, economize, economize your language. Try not to use 9 or 10 words where 4 or 5 will do.  The first draft is like the sculptor pouring the plaster; it's your subsequent drafts and fine-tuning that actually make the art!)  Nevertheless, the seeming paradox at the heart of the process-- a kind of fuzzy, oblique idea-gathering and assembly that somehow transforms itself into a concrete, organized conceptual scaffolding and coherent literary work-- is truly one of those incomparable journeys of the mind that traces out a fascinating tale in its own right.

As I've communicated in some previous updates, the novel has been a long-term effort. I first took a vague stab at its underlying concepts in a formal and professional sense back in 2003, when I started to become interested in better organizing information to devise clinical protocols. But the novel itself came into being after one of those weird, completely inexplicable epiphanies that sometimes gives rise to these things, back in Taiwan in October of 200. It was an overcast and drizzly afternoon at a rather humdrum truck stop-style cafe near a construction site, on Jiankang Road (jian kang lu or 健康路 in Mandarin Chinese characters) in Zhonghe, Taiwan. I'd basically trucked in a stack of books and research articles that day, mostly from Lee Smolin, Gregory Chaitin, Seth Lloyd, David Layzer, and Eric Chaisson as I'll get into a little more below. This was on top of some recent reading I'd done from Proust, Teilhard de Chardin, Maimonides, Vernadsky, and Kant; curiously enough, up to that point I hadn't reach much of Leibniz himself (after whom the book is now named), though this certainly changed after I'd read the books from Smolin and Chaitin in particular. From a thematic standpoint, I was tackling my (at the time) newfound focus on generating "logical and algorithmic equivalents" of human tissues in a digital environment, leading to more sprawling investigations into concepts of spontaneous emergence of consciousness and intelligence (classic Hofstadter-ish questions applied to practical problems). Or maybe more accurately, I was stumbling around with those ideas, since I had no idea where they were leading then. The Leibniz Demon--originally entitled Kant's Precipice (now one of the later chapters in the whole narrative)-- was something like a "professional sandbox" at the outset, to explore several of the ideas and more intriguing implications of this work in uncharted territory. 

I eventually took the explorations into some mind-teasing directions involving some ancient philosophical conundrums; the very nature of space, time, and consciousness (Lee Smolin's work being the chief inspiration, as well as that of David Layzer, both of them prominent and creative astrophysicists); and some other intriguing concepts.  Among the most fascinating are the "transmutability" of data-containing structures and the logical basis of natural laws and physical processes, inspired in large part by the work of Gregory Chaitin and Juergen Schmidhuber-- modern "Leibnizians" who apply ideas from AI and information theory to gain a more concrete understanding of our physical world, and to better describe how complexity and intelligence self-generate themselves in nature.  Much of their work, in turn, was inspired by Konrad Zuse, the inventor of our modern computer and the founder of so-called "digital physics," whose biography and incredible creativity also helped to inspire the novel's conception back in 2007.

Ultimately, I wove together what was then the rudiments of a philosophically and psychologically-minded, sci-fi/suspense narrative set in the near future, in 2016 (a year that's been moved much later for a variety of reasons), that also introduces some religious and spiritual concepts from an unusual perspective.  (For those of you out there already familiar with some of my previous meandering musings-- it's in part an updating of some concepts I first visited in my articles in the Harvard Vision Volume VII from 2003, but enhanced and radically altered to be, well, readable.)   The ultimate product, if I've done my job for you in the reading public, is a fascinating, mind-blowing, and thought-provokingly imaginative thriller, yet also a personal narrative with appealing characters and settings (as well as literally dozens of "Easter Eggs" amidst the chapter headings, titles, and a short, cryptic, Schiller-style riddle/poem that tracks along with the narrative itself, chapter-by-chapter). 

The dialogue and characterizations have received intense scrutiny to make them both realistic and engrossing, and the suspense in the novel is slowly drawn out, while gradually and progressively jolting the readers with increasingly mind-boggling revelations-- roughly in the vein of Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Dan Brown, and Anne Rice, yet in a distinctive style to really rivet your attention to the page.  I've also taken special care to set the mood in each chapter, and atmospherics have received particular attention on every one of the novel's pages.  My aim has been to paint a picture that stays with and haunts the reader-- an eerie, menacing, and mind-bending ambience that's sprinkled across the narrative as the plot gradually advances, leading progressively to the jarring realizations that are gradually presented beginning about halfway through the book.

As an essential facet in creating such literature, I've also had to conceive and implement my own fictional mythology and cosmology, as a conceptual scaffold for the mysterious and haunting events that take place-- inspired by what Tolkien, Rowling, Rice and other expert crafters have done in generating their fictional realms.  For the type of imaginative sci-fi I've spun out here, this means being "pseudo-realistic" in the fictional exposition-- creating a genuinely self-consistent, "semi-plausible" theoretical framework that hews as closely as possible to actual cutting-edge work today. (This is something that crosses media -- some visually gripping examples of such storytelling can also be found in Keiichiro Toyama's Silent Hill series, which subtly weaves in serious in concepts from cognitive psychology into his dark vistas, and in Matthew Costello's underrated and intriguing narrative for the Doom 3 series, which very cleverly imagines archaeological discoveries on a fictional Martian colony as "retroactively" explaining some ancient myths about Hell and demons.) 

It's an interesting experience for the writer in this kind of cross-genre fiction, since in some respects this process mirrors the sort of rigor one needs in formulating a genuine, empirically-testable hypothesis used for research investigations. That's one of the best ways to make a narrative taut and self-consistent, without losing its way in the later chapters (always a peril for an extended work).  But it's well worth doing, since a well-conceived, rigorous conceptual framework will smooth the path to forging a coherent plot as one outlines and then composes the text itself.  As the author, you have to bring yourself temporarily into the domain that you're creating, to draw yourself into a "zone"-- thinking about the plot's events and characters from the standpoint of this fictional world and the logical strands that are woven through it.  It's taken dozens of revisions in some of the chapters to pull all the strands together and streamline my own narrative voice, but like any other professional endeavor, that sort of dedication is indispensable to fostering audience appeal.

As I was learning the ropes back in 2007, I drew a good deal of inspiration not only from the sci-fi. thriller, and psychological horror genres, but also vampire and werewolf lore.  A subset of Japanese manga and novelistic fiction also proved to be valuable-- especially the subgenres that are heavy on fictional exposition, and which explore concepts about the inner mind and the subconscious "manifesting" themselves in imaginative ways within the physical world.  (As indicated above, this is a recurrent leitmotif in Japanese fictional works, and it's spilled over into much of the country's output in other genres-- such as the "Ringu" films and the Silent Hill video game series.) Latin American Magical Realism has been a massive influence, and I can't begin to estimate the level of inspiration provided by authors like Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende, Paulo Coelho, and Rudolfo Anaya. I'd strongly urge anyone out there to read these works in the original Spanish if possible, not just the lyricism but also the bona fide Socratic self-awareness and paradigm-shifting that their work invites. Garcia Marquez and other Magical Realist authors were all about recasting our perspectives on the basic assumptions we use to interpret the world and the events around us -- a very Kantian notion that the Magical Realist authors take to dizzying heights of imagination.

The oeuvre of the sci-fi author Matthew Costello, as mentioned above, has also turned out to be a gem, since much of his own work involves such innovative fictional exposition -- a technique at the very core of my own novel.  The highly original fictional exposition in the works of Costello and the other examples (particularly the vampire and werewolf lore) re-imagines often ancient and still-puzzling concepts from heretofore untried and often psychologically-jolting perspectives.  In this tradition, I've sought to create a distinct brand of perspective and storytelling in my own novel, including settings and atmospherics, standout characters, edgy dialogue, concepts, and elements of plot development that tweak and challenge some basic paradigms we usually carry about the world.

As a conclusion here, as noted briefly above, a "labor of love" is also a labor of intense exhaustion, frustration, and maddening hurdles as you pour your heart into a project of this nature. To write something that appeals to a large audience on different levels, it's impossible to do it half-heartedly; it has to be a sustained effort that, for the few spare days you can cobble together in a busy schedule, consumes your waking and even sleeping efforts (if you're the type to jot down your dreams when you open your eyes in the morning).  You have to connect to the readers and stimulate their minds on many planes, and that means constantly revising and chiseling your work, ensuring that every little sentence and choice of words meets a standard of excellence-- again, much like a sculptor refining a creation from the original mold. No shortcuts.  If there's a downside-- it's increasingly difficult for me to even relate to much of my public work prior to 2007 (including much of the material on this Website).  Other writers and editors I've talked to have confirmed this experience: Everything you compose sounds and "feels" different after you find your narrative voice, and much of my earlier work (especially the material from 2003-2004, when I was so focused on my technical writing that the creative side often suffered) barely even speaks to its own author anymore.  The more evocative style I've had to pioneer for this novel is a world apart.  Nonetheless, this development process is at the heart of honing one's craft and creating a rousing, exciting story for the audience, and I hope you'll enjoy it.

Contact here.


Popular dens of iniquity-- er, pages on this site

The most notorious of the attention-getters:

Taming the Linguistic Tiger:  Using the Chinese Character System to Maximal Advantage

Practical linguistics: A comparative analysis and organization of Japanese vocabulary and its derviation from Chinese precursors since the T'ang Dynasty-- as a means to more rapidly and sensibly learn both.

My Spanish Armada page:  Myths and facts about history's most confused and misunderstood battle


Links

Prague: A Novel by Arthur Phillips.  Arthur was my opponent on the Jeopardy! TV quiz program, but he's also a great guy, humble and incredibly insightful, and a wonderful novelist.  His Prague: A Novel, is one of my faves-- it's mostly set in Budapest despite the title, focusing on the intertwining tales of American expats just after the end of the Cold War.  And probably not since the treatments of Henry James and Hemingway has someone written a book of such caliber on this theme-- there's so much to the characterization and atmospherics that you'll be rereading each little section several times to gain something new.  (I set one of the decisive scenes within my own recent novel, The Leibniz Demon, in Hungary, in large part inspired by the renditions in Prague.)  Anyway, I'd definitely recommend taking a look! 

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Homepage of one of the smartest guys on the planet right now-- computer scientist, AI specialist, and innovator (in learning algorithms and self-reinforcing intelligent networks), Juergen Schmidhuber.

That ultimate source of undigested, gut-bustingly funny, it-could-so-easily-be-true journalism, The Onion.

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All material on this Webpage and all subsidiary pages (including titles 'Echoes of the Mystic Chords" and "The Leibniz Demon") is copyrighted 2003-2014 by J. Wes Ulm, all rights reserved.  Copying and posting of material contained herein is fine with proper citation: "Homepage of J. Wes Ulm, Harvard University Personal Website, Copyright 2003-2014." 

   
 

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