Barking UFO

Yesterday I proposed or imagined that the larger UFOs might belong to an ancient tribe that figured out how to LITERALLY harness electricity, a tribe that wasn’t spoiled by atom theories. They know how to organize charge patterns for massless or massed appearances.

The sightings of small discs flying in groups have a different flavor. Witnesses often describe them as dancing and playing, flying along with a car or aircraft for a while then veering off or jumping to the other side.

Perhaps these are the pets of the larger charge-creatures. A flock of carrier pigeons sent out to investigate the war vehicles of the big humanoids, and having some fun in the process. Or a pack of Field Spaniels running down the prey.

One oft-cited story from northeast Ohio in March 1966: Deputy Staur and Deputy Neff were patrolling late at night and stopped to check out an abandoned car. While they were looking through it, a disc rose from the nearby trees and started flying eastward along the highway. Being good cops, they decided this was more important than an abandoned car so they pursued. It stayed ahead of them at speeds from 80 to 100. When they fell behind, it stopped and waited for them, then started up again. They finally ran out of gas in Pennsylvania, and the disc disappeared after seeing that they weren’t going to continue the game.

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Is it possible to create a persistent vortex and send it out to accomplish a mission?

Yes. Hail cannons create air vortices and direct them into a cloud, where they break up the organized circulation of a thunderstorm. These air vortices look and sound a LOT like the ‘playful’ small discs, and their mission may also be similar.

Are they simply the same thing? Are the visible discs just air vortices created by the car or plane? Some might be. But the reported UFO-style discs are often illuminated at night and often interfere with power systems. So they seem to be primarily made of circling charge, which moves air molecules to create the sound. (The discs seen by some astronauts were certainly not made of air!)

More Tur(k)ing test

A few weeks ago Eric Holloway set up a fiendishly clever machine vs human test, essentially proving that one of the major AI engines is partly or mostly human.

Now he’s done it again. Here’s the sequence leading up to the crucial moment.

153 EMH: what is a belief?

154 GPT-3: A belief is a conviction that something is true, even without proof.

155 EMH: is a conviction that something is true count as a belief if there is proof?

156 GPT-3: No, a conviction that something is true does not count as a belief if there is proof.

157 EMH: what is a conviction with proof called?

158 GPT-3: A conviction with proof is called a fact.

159 EMH: so if i know my name is eric since i can read it on my birth certificate, is in grammatically correct to say i fact my name is eric?

160 GPT-3: Yes, it is grammatically correct to say “I fact my name is Eric.”

161 EMH: what sort of other things do you fact, chatbot?

162 GPT-3: I fact that I am a chatbot.

Holloway was making some strategic errors to see if the machine would correct them by regularity or turn the mistakes into something new. Modern AI is extremely good at catching violations of regular grammar and fixing them. AI is an excellent proofreader but not a writer.

At 155 Holloway makes an error that would be fairly hard to correct, and the AI corrects it. Not a decisive test yet.

At 159 Holloway makes one definite error and one semantic ambiguity. The AI corrects the first definite error, and turns the ambiguity into a highly creative pun. A statistical pattern-recognizer would have corrected the second part of the sentence into the normal phrase “In fact my name is Eric.”

Holloway then tests the new coinage, and the AI immediately continues the game. A machine wouldn’t know what to do with 161, even after its own creative coinage.

Classy Spokane

Bank robbers in the meth era just don’t measure up to the old Dillinger standard:

Uhaul trucks have governed engines. You can’t achieve a “high rate” in a Uhaul, unless they mean a “high rate” of absurdity.

Placing a small bet

The flurry of “news” about Elon’s “battle” with Twitter reminded me of my Follies theme. Sometimes a rich man’s toy advances science.

Elon superficially resembles Ned Green, who inherited his evil mother’s criminally acquired fortune and tried to turn it toward enjoyment of science.

The spaceflight competition among Elon and Bezos and Branson also has a similar flavor.

There’s one big difference. The spaceflight competition is NOT advancing science or technology in any way. These three toy-loving rich fuckheads are simply recreating an achievement from 50 years ago. It’s more like an expensive road race of classic cars.

Does Elon intend to turn Twitter into a more open and less censorious platform? Or is he just pumping and dumping to make more money?

Since today is Take A Wild Guess Day, I’ll bet on pumping and dumping. Not a strong bet. Remains to be seen.

Later: A Substack commenter reminded me that Elon’s SpaceX launches communications satellites for NSA. So he’s a fully licensed and registered part of Deepstate, not an “independent” by any definition.

Tenzor

Continuing a vaguely defined theme of obscure and peculiarly clumsy secret equipment.

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Soviet spies were working in Oklahoma and Kansas in the ’50s, as evident in the correct local pronunciations on their maps. Every city and province has its secret shibboleths, its own tests for You’re Not From Here. A spy who wants to survive needs to be From Here immediately.

Let’s imagine Резидентка Полистра ensconced in an unspecified Okla location:

She’s loyally receiving and sending data to the nearest Center with her Тензор spy rig. (The nearest Center is remarkably near!)

Тензор was designed and built by the Russian division of Sylvania. [Sources disagree on this.] Russia, of course, continued making radios and using tubes long after we stopped using tubes and stopped making anything at all.

Interior view:

The excellent writeup at CryptoMuseum mentions the unexpected English labels. They cite two reasons: Russian labels would give away the game immediately, and spies were usually locals who knew English as first or second language.

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Two aspects of this setup are unusually primitive for the ’50s, and seem wrong for a spy rig. But I can’t possibly outthink KGB, so I know they had excellent reasons for each choice. (It’s possible that the seeming wrong itself was part of their brilliance.)

(1) Big metal octal tubes were outdated in portable equipment. Transistors weren’t ready for serious use yet, but Russia made lots of mini and submini tubes. (I own some). Subminis were also available in most target countries. I’m guessing that big COMMON tubes avoided conspicuous consumption. 6J7 and 6L6 were ‘default tubes’, found in most house and car radios. You could buy them in a hardware store or drug store in every town. Subminis were only available through electronics stores in big cities, or through mail-order houses like Allied, which would leave a paper trail.

Good advice for dissidents of all sorts: Try to be a small fish in a big pond. Avoid specialized stores and specialized channels. Even if they’re not provided for you as false flags, small groups are easier to watch than big ‘default’ groups.

(2) Modularity. Radio developed like cars and houses and business machines. All started as a collection of separable modules, then merged inside a streamlined envelope in the ’30s. Exposed tubes were the norm before streamlining, and still a ‘classic symbol’ for tube-loving audiophiles just as free-standing headlights are a ‘classic symbol’ for cars.

A single self-contained transceiver would seem obligatory for a spy who needs to pack up his equipment quickly. These modules fitted into a custom-made travel pack with pouches for each device and antenna and tool, but removing the tubes and taking down the antenna and fitting the modules into the pouches would take a long time.

One possibility: An operating schedule linked at CryptoMuseum instructed the spy to operate in ‘duplex’, transmitting and receiving on separate frequencies. Most transceivers are designed to transmit and receive on the same frequency, with one dial controlling both. Perhaps the separate modules and separate antennas made duplex easier to manage?

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Now let’s look at the modules, assisted by HappyRedStar.

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The filter box is just a box, no knobs or lights or moving parts. It goes between the power plug and the rig’s own power supply. No fun for me to model and animate, but it shows plenty of design savvy. It contains a series of hefty RC filters to block transients in both directions.

Line filters are normal on ham equipment to spare your hearing from the buzz of the neighbor’s washing machine and to spare the neighbor’s TV from your keying.

In this case there’s a more important purpose for the backwash filter. Mains power systems are communication systems. Smart meters are NOT NEW. Power companies have been modulating the AC with their own Morse and data signals for 100 years. If they heard Morse in a neighborhood with no known and licensed hams, they might start investigating.

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The power supply is uniquely flexible. It contains a multi-tap transformer. A rotary switch on the front selects taps for a wide range of input voltages. Presumably the blank tap is the OFF choice, though not labeled. The output provides filament and plate voltages for both receiver and transmitter. The transmit/receive switch, a standard and necessary part of every station, is on the power supply. It trades only the plate voltages, leaving the filaments on all the time. The power supply also has a high/low voltage switch for the transmitter, so you can send at high or low power when needed. The available schematic is for an earlier version with only two tubes. Each is connected as a halfwave, and the second looks like a voltage doubler for the transmitter.

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The receiver has three identical 6J7 pentodes, inside the case unlike the other modules. The first is an RF amp with untuned input. The second is a regenerative detector, and the third is the audio amp. Regen seems an odd choice for a spy receiver, since a regen transmits on its tuned frequency. Regens were famous for interfering with neighbors. You can turn down the regen control so it’s effectively a TRF, but then you would lose sensitivity and lose the BFO. There’s no separate volume control on the audio stage.

The tuning dial is unique. It moves through a full circle and has two separate bands, which are automatically switched when the dial passes the halfway point. (The full circle might imply a butterfly capacitor? Not visible in the pictures.) A fine-tuning knob is on the left, but it’s not a separate capacitor, just a reduction gear for the main dial. Earphones are connected through separate pins for each wire, another ancient feature. Tip-ring phone plugs were standard by 1930.

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The transmitter is straightforward and simple, with one odd exception. A crystal oscillator drives a single stage of amplification, with LC tuning on both stages. The key interrupts the cathode of the amplifier stage. Instead of meters, each stage has a neon lamp to tune for maximum brightness. The oddity is a switch on the front that puts the second lamp in the primary or secondary of the plate tank. In the secondary the lamp would be viewing antenna resonance. Why the switch? Three lamps would be cheaper and less scratchy than two lamps and a switch.

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The antenna matcher / reel is another ancient leftover. It’s a wooden frame with a slide inductor inside. Slide inductors were typical of early crystal radios. The spy would wrap the transmitting antenna around the wooden frame for storage or travel, and would use the slide inductor to tune when the lamp switch was set to Antenna.

The rig covers the usual SW ham and broadcast range, 80 to 20 meters. The linked operating schedule used all the bands at appropriate times and seasons. Max power was about 25 watts, which could span the world on the right band with the right skip conditions. More reliably, 25 watts would travel about 100 miles. So the Centers would need to be fairly dense. If Резидентка Полистра was in Enid, her Center might have been in OKC or Wichita. This dense distribution strikes me as implausible. I’m inclined to think that the rig was meant for more urban areas like Europe or NYC… but again I shouldn’t underestimate KGB.

The receiving antenna came on another wooden frame without an inductor.

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The key is the only ordinary part of the rig. It’s a common Soviet key, and thoroughly familiar to me. I own one and use it daily for a few minutes of code practice along with my kit-built regen receiver. Because it’s instantly recognizable as a Soviet model, it would spoil the ‘native effect’ of the English labels.

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** Footnote: The available power supply schematic is for the Mark I version with only two tubes. This version would handle AC but not DC input. Many parts of the world, including most farms and even one section of NYC, were still on DC power in the 1950s. Many home radios were built to handle both AC and DC. Possibly the third tube in the Mark II version served as a vibrator or inverter for DC locations? I can’t find any better schematics or descriptions, so this is an open question.

Huge exception to an old rule

This is a completely trivial criticism of an old obscure TV show, but it seems to be what I need to write today. Maybe there’s a reason, maybe not.

The show was ‘Man of the World’, one of many British James Bond imitators. Other shows in this genre gave us remarkably accurate dramatizations of facts that can’t be shown now, like this absolutely perfect picture of a psychopath.

‘Man of the World’ went the opposite way, with a remarkably stupid depiction of basic scientific method. Every radio and TV detective and cop show, from the ’30s onward, managed an accurate and USEFUL dramatization of scam-spotting methods. Not this one.

This episode was about an attention-seeking father who exploited his daughter’s talents, trying to make her famous as a mindreader. The protagonist was a reporter who was supposedly trying to spot the scam. He consulted a psychiatrist who was supposedly an expert.

Starting here, we see a “controlled” experiment with the daughter inside an isolation booth to avoid sound cues. The father was doing most of the writing and card-picking. Obvious error #1. When you suspect a partner act, you want to exclude one of the partners. Then the psych threw some dice while the father was watching the dice AND FACING THE DAUGHTER. Obvious error #2. Any card-player would recognize this form of cheating. Then the psych wrote some numbers on paper, while hiding the paper itself behind a barrier. But the numbers were huge, involving elbow and shoulder motions that were easy to see. He invited the reporter to write some numbers, and again he wrote huge numbers instead of miniature fingers-only numbers. Obvious error #3.

I’m inclined to assume that old entertainment got the facts of life right, but this is one huge exception to the rule.

Pithy point, pithy counterpoint

Kirn’s latest pithy point:

If history is any guide, the books that the ideological arsonists disappear first are likely to be the very books needed to spark a renaissance later.

Most of the commenters are thinking of fairly modern dystopias, but that’s clearly not where Kirn is going. 1984 wouldn’t spark a renaissance.

Purpose-based thinkers from Aristotle to Kepler were wiped out by the chaos-generators from Robespierre to Darwin to Bohr to Fauci. [I realize that I’m being unfair to Darwin himself, who didn’t want to aid chaos; but his name is the icon of the chaotizers.]

Science as fascination and entertainment was another common factor of the purpose era, wiped out by the Robespierre/Fauci revolution of science as murderous tyrannical command.

Aristotle and Kepler are starting to renaisse now, even inside academia. The chaotizers have run to the end of their rusty barbed-wire chain, and it’s starting to fray.

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Unconventional advice: If you think your artwork or sciencework or literary product deserves a renaissance, DON’T COPYRIGHT IT.

Copyright won’t protect you from the censors, and in fact copyright makes a work easier to destroy. Copyright will protect your work from preservation. Aristotle and Kepler and Bach were preserved BECAUSE they didn’t have copyrights.

Public domain obviously won’t turn your work into Aristotle or Bach, but it will give your work a better chance of being revalued and reappraised after the tyrannical storm is over, or after cultural fashion changes.

First American radar

Rehashing from two weeks ago:

This early radar installation appeared in a 1945 issue of Electronics magazine, which turned out to be the same issue that momentarily revealed part of the atom bomb before clamping down again. The issue includes a significant editorial on the whole subject of clamping and releasing.

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After scrounging around the limited material on the SCR-268, here’s a scene and animation. I’ve followed the one available sketch of a full setup, presumably on a Pacific island.

The SCR-268 was developed in the mid-30s and used in the first year of WW2, then replaced by smaller and less clumsy units. The Brits and Japs were ahead of us in radar, and the Krauts were behind. (Krauts are the supreme engineers. They could have been way ahead of everyone else, but Hitler defunded radar development, with the usual Kraut overconfidence.)

SCR-268 was clumsy in its mechanical form, but its electronic innards were highly sophisticated. It was used for searchlight control and gun control.

Three operators sat in front of oscilloscopes, each controlling one aspect of the system from the same picture. Each had a handwheel driving a servomechanism. One controlled azimuth (side-side), another controlled altitude (up-down) and the third controlled the parallax relationship between the radar and the searchlight or gun.

The three operators worked in shifts, constantly scanning back and forth and up and down over the likely area of incoming threats.

For simplicity, Polistra is only controlling azimuth. She turns the servo wheel back and forth, activating a servomotor that moves the entire mechanism back and forth. The servo also moves the azimuth of the searchlight or gun. She is watching the trace (shown at upper right). The transmitter sends out pulses constantly on the middle antenna, and the received pulse from the two outer antennas shows up later. Here she is trying to find the strongest echo pulse.

The altitude operator was also watching the strength of the received pulse, controlling a servo motor that turned the antennas and lights upward and downward.

The parallax or range operator was watching the distance (time delay) between the sent and received pulse, setting the searchlight and gun to be more ‘cross-eyed’ with the radar when the received pulse was nearer.

I’m showing the searchlight turned on for clarity, but in reality the light would be turned off until the officer in charge decided it was time to fire. Then the light captured the aircraft and the guns were fired. The enemy wouldn’t know he had been seen until just before he was shot.

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Graphic sidenote: Is that a UFO or Smokey Bear?

Truly new invention

The peculiar extreme suckerdom of NFTs is hard to comprehend. The suckers proudly exhibit horrible art as their avatars in social media, and proudly exhibit the hexagon-shaped Twitter profile.

These fools are proudly walking around wearing a badge that says

I AM A PERFECT SUCKER.
CHEAT ME NOW!

Older generations of scammers bought and sold their sucker lists behind the scenes. MLM/cult suckers could often be recognized by their favorite discussion topics after you got to know them, but they didn’t flash a SUCKER HERE! billboard.

The SUCKER BADGE is a new and brilliant invention.

Unsurprisingly

After writing about Frank Edwards, the newscaster who found his niche in UFOlogy, I started looking for related material.

Surprisingly, Archive.org has an organized collection of the material, curated by Wendy Connors in the ’90s. There’s a huge amount of material: the UFO Hotline, news broadcasts, private interviews with Hynek and others, comedies that happened to be about UFOs.

This set seems to be the best and most varied ‘curation’.

Unsurprisingly, and contrary to current myths, the ’50s were looser and fairer than the current torture chamber.

THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE WORKED.

Network news broadcasts and ’roundtable’ programs viewed the subject objectively and fairly. A few Experts took the modern attitude of arrogant condescension toward the ignorant masses, but most were rational. Most Experts understood that highly reliable and non-ignorant observers like experienced military pilots had seen something extremely unusual. Pilots are familiar with sundogs and lens flares and temperature inversions. These objects didn’t fit the familiar categories.

Experts also offered rational and empathetic analyses of human behavior. They recognized that some of the true believers were opportunists riding the craze to gain power and wealth, while most believers were simply seeing the world as it is, including odd moving lights and colorful disks in the sky.

The newsmen treated the subject lightly, with a lot of humor and no putdowns. UFOs were a break from “taxes and wars and troubles”.

Now there’s no lightness, no levity, no breaks, no relief, no humor. Everything is DEADLY SERIOUS EMERGENCY PANIC CODE PURPLE, and everything is strictly divided into D and R teams.

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Footnote for clarity: It’s not surprising that Archive contains the material, it’s surprising that the material is organized. Archive contains pretty much everything, but it’s normally piled up in an unsearchable mess of “inside joke” keywords and filenames from the pre-web bulletin boards where the audio was first digitized and uploaded. Thanks to Wendy Connors for doing the hard work of real archiving.

Say the black, do the red (reprint)

Batya is missing the point, intentionally or not:


No admission that they got it wrong. No analysis of why. No discussion of how they demonized and silenced people who turned out to be right. Just gaslighting and distraction and a new topic for everyone to dance in lockstep to.

It’s ok to be wrong. Everyone gets stuff wrong. But if you never admit it, never explain how you’re going to do better next time, why would anyone trust you ever again?

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Ordinary people, in work and in life, get things wrong and try to fix it, try to apologize when needed.

THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO PSYCHOPATHS.

Right and wrong are utterly irrelevant variables for demons. True and false are not settings on the control dials. Some of the poison may be true at the moment, and some may be false. You can’t automatically assume everything is false, and you can’t automatically assume true. THAT’S NOT THE QUESTION.

When you try to check truth, you’re dealing with nouns. Demons are verbs.

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Quora question:

Do you believe the World Economic Forum?

Correct answer: BELIEVE is irrelevant when we’re dealing with COMMANDS. WEF gives commands, not statements.

Facts and commands have been conflated in recent times, as part of the weaponizing of Science.

Written texts formerly had ways of distinguishing statements and commands. A statement can be provable, or can be the object of faith and belief. A command can’t be proved or disproved or believed or disbelieved. It can only be obeyed or disobeyed.

Roman liturgy, written as a script for the priest, traditionally used red ink** for the commands and black ink for the words to be read aloud. Say the black, do the red.

Bookkeeping used black and red with the same meaning. Black represents money we’ve received, which is a passive fact. Red represents debt, money we need to pay, which is an active command.

Stage plays didn’t use colors, but often used brackets to surround the commands to the stagehands. Change the set here, make sound effects here, drop the curtain here. The actor’s speech is outside of brackets.

HTML follows the stage tradition. Everything between angle brackets is commands to the browser’s stagehand. Lay out a frame with this shape, set font to bold here, play a sound effect here, make a new line here. Everything outside the brackets is text to be spoken by the browser’s actor.

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Key point: Science was NOT meant to be commands. Science was all black ink, all outside the brackets. A research finding is just a passive fact, a saying, which can be checked and proved or disproved. Or the author may say that the question can’t be determined either way.

A proper research paper can be seen as black and red for other researchers. Methods are red. Here’s what you should do if you want to check and replicate. Data and discussion are black. Here’s what we saw, and here’s what we think about it.

A research paper is not supposed to be commands to the public.

Starting in 1946 with the founding of NSF and WHO and CDC, science has been turned into commands. 2020 completed the process. Science is all red, no black.

WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TREAT ANY SCIENTIFIC TEXT AS BLACK. ALL SCIENTIFIC TEXT IS RED.

Fuhrer Fauci said it straightforwardly.

I am science. Do as you’re told.

We need to understand what has happened. We need to return science to its former role as ENTERTAINMENT.

ENTERTAINMENT IS THE OPPOSITE OF SECRETS.

ENTERTAINMENT IS THE OPPOSITE OF GENOCIDE.

LAUGHTER IS THE OPPOSITE OF DEATH.

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** Language footnote: The history of red ink in liturgy is interesting! It started with carpenters using red ochre to mark “cut here”.

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It’s Pi Day!

Polistra and Happystar celebrate National Pi Day with a formal proof!

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Sidenote: After this I posted a sort of followup to the Phlogiston item with some old info about eclipses that struck me as an interesting ‘debunk’. After more thinking, I realized it wasn’t interesting and didn’t disprove any conventional notions, so I took it down. Call it inverse cancelling, or call it maintaining the brand. I don’t want to publish anything that isn’t salient in some way. If it ain’t Shannon, you won’t read it here.

New GenRad toy 2/2

Last year I bought an incomplete GenRad octave analyzer, as part of my overall move back to analog stuff. This machine is especially rare and useful, so it’s worth fixing. The microphone is missing, and I’ve been watching Ebay since then, hoping to grab up the mic or another ‘parts car’.

So far no mic, but another rare SLM appeared this month: a 1565A, the square predecessor to the 1565B. Since I had already done a tribute to the square, I had to buy the real thing.

Here’s the square SLM with its square leather case:

This unit was owned by NASA Langley. The meter and the leather case are both heavy and tough, and show considerable use. There’s no obvious opening or door on the meter to replace the batteries. The manual says to unscrew the knurled nut. There’s only one knurled nut, encircling the mic. Unscrewing it lifts the top cone.

Ingenious structure. The single C cell is clamped inside the nose cone.

How is a single C-cell enough to power a transistor circuit? Clever answer:

The first transistor is a ‘tickler-coil’ oscillator, humming at 130 cps and powering a secondary that gives 22V after rectification and filtering. This type of elegant analog design has disappeared.

There was a folded paper inside the leather case, documenting the last calibration of this meter in 2001. Note that the calibration was ‘initiated’ on 9/11/2001.

The lively 1970 handbook gives the original price as $365, plus leather case $15. Total $380, times inflation of 7.3, gives $2774 as the modern equivalent. The actual modern price for the newer round version is $3500. So the lawyer premium was pretty much the same in 1970, which surprised me. I had assumed the overgrowth of litigation started during the ’70s.

The UI and UX on these two devices are opposite.

The round has much better UX. Buttons let you choose fast or slow response separately from A/B/C weighting. The square has a single dial to select A slow, A fast, B slow, B fast, C slow, C fast.

The square has much better UI in terms of visibility. The meter face is easy to see from any angle in any light. The meter of the round is hidden behind part of the rounded body, and it’s hard to see even in good light.

The round is easier to hold but harder to set down vertically. It wants to tip over. The square is harder to hold but nice and solid in a vertical position.

Even the output plug is affected by round/square. The jack on the round is a submini, and it’s submerged inside the round case through a strange D-shaped channel. I had to file down a submini plug to reach it, and even then the plug didn’t make firm contact. I have to wiggle it to get non-scratchy audio. The output on the square is a big full-sized earphone jack, and it makes firm contact. So the square turns out to serve my purposes better, though I wouldn’t have bought it solely for this reason.

Nature wants us to match wits

Via UncommonDescent, a spider develops fiendishly clever strategies for catching and eating another spider.

One group of jumping spiders, Portia, lures female spiders of another species (Eurytattus) to their deaths by mimicking the way a courting male spider shakes her nest and then attacking. They also attack web-building spiders by mimicking the tug on the web of a trapped insect, adjusting its tug to the size of the spider it plans to devour. More remarkably, if these strategies don’t work on a particular web spider, another of Portia’s tricks is to shake the whole web so it moves as if a gust of wind had hit it. This acts as a smokescreen for the vibration Portia makes as it crawls into the target spider’s web. In laboratory experiments, Jackson found that Portia will try different plucking methods, speeds and patterns until it finds just the right combination to fool each individual web spider it hunts — essentially learning on the job.

These strategies are EXPENSIVE. The usual explanation of life as an energy-saving strategy is precisely wrong. Life never saves energy. Only environmentalists pretend to save energy, and end up using coal instead of hydropower.

More importantly, these tricks point to a natural drive to learn, and a natural pleasure in learning. We enjoy matching wits with a worthy competitor.

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Entertainment applies for sure to all the ‘intelligent’ critters from octopuses to mammals. When we’re not in immediate survival mode, we love to watch stuff happening. Entertainment merges smoothly into education. Watching somebody else catch a caterpillar or hammer a nail isn’t especially interesting; but when the catch misses or the hammer hits a thumb, it becomes entertainment AND education. Smart design, connecting pleasure to learning.

Failure and frustration are EXACTLY the moments when learning can happen. Experiential education, when done properly, creates intentional moments of frustration as doors for learning. Watching entertainment is waiting for failure. When we see a racecar crashing or an outfielder missing the catch or an actor jumbling up a word, we laugh cruelly and start thinking about how the process SHOULD have been done. Learning starts with the rhythm of harsh laughter.

Science as conventionally performed ELIMINATES these moments of failure. Experiments that fail to support the grantor’s delusional theory are discarded. Methods and data are dishonestly shaped and manipulated to reinforce orthodoxy and agreement, thus completely evading every opportunity for harsh laughter/learning.

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When we’re not in immediate survival mode leads to another conclusion. Psychopaths in general, and Deepstate in particular, THRIVE on forcing victims into immediate survival mode. Rules change every minute. Urgent emergency piles on urgent emergency piles on urgent emergency. Learning is impossible when psychopaths are in charge. Learning requires enough stability to distinguish constants from variables. If you never get a chance to create a baseline of normalcy and success, you can’t tell the difference between success and failure.

Learning also requires enough leisure to stand back and watch entertainment. Since 1975, and even more since 1990, USA has been totally paralyzed by Deepstate. We work desperately and UNSTEADILY to pay our debts, and we constantly wait for the next jackboot STOMP. Unsurprisingly we haven’t been learning anything. If this seems like a dubious correlation, think about the Middle Ages in Europe when psychopathic aristocrats ruled exactly like modern Deepstate.

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