Saturday, October 19, 2013

Inside the mind of the Republican party


A very interesting read.  And Sean Carroll does point out that he got the link from a conservative website,  and at that site the conservative who posted the link was in complete agreement with findings of the original article.

And, of course, the bullet points do match up with my ideas on mentation when you account for irrational belief systems.  Also --- irrational belief systems --- by the way, are not just the purview of conservatives but also progressives.

Here is the link Sean's post (one of my favorite bloggers) who then supplies the link to the actual article.

If you want to cut to the chase here is the link to the actual memo:


Many of the observations in the memo make sense when you consider these are mostly folks who were never trained to think critically (and scientifically) and are now living in a modern world that is changing.  The way mentation works in this case automatically dictates that they will react by clinging desperately to their 'belief-systems' at all cost, eschewing reason and logic. 


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

I Have Arrived At LEVEL-1

Project Euler #24 (Sorted)  

I was the: ${52,018}^{th}$ person to have solved this problem.

And I have earned an award: "... You have earned 1 new award: The Journey Begins: Progress to Level 1 by solving twenty-five problems ..."

Level-1 Award
Level 1 - Award

Note-1The 25th problem was problem #67
Note-2: This must mean that before this I was aimlessly wandering around Level-0


Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Deficient, Perfect, and Abundant

Deficient Numbers, Perfect Numbers,
Abundant Numbers

Did you know:  When you factor 945 into it's prime factors you get:

945 = 5 * 189
    = 5 * 3 * 63 
    = 5 * 3 * 7 * 9
    = 5 * 3 * 7 * 3 * 3

So { 3,3,3,5,7 } is the set of 'Prime Factors of 945

Also the 'Proper Factors' of 945 (i.e. ALL the numbers that divide evenly into 945 excepting 945 itself) make the set:

{ 1,3,5,7,9,15,21,27,35,45,63,105,135,189,315 }

And the sum of these proper factors is 975 (which is larger than 945).

Note-1: Numbers that are such that the sum of their proper factors is greater than the number are called "Abundant Numbers"

Note-2: Numbers that are such that the sum of their proper factors is equal to the number are called "Perfect Numbers"

Note-3: Numbers that are such that the sum of their proper factors is less than the number are called "Deficent Numbers"

And finally 945 is the smallest, odd, Abundant Number.