Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

of common sense and wizardry...


















Jerome Cardano is a clever man. A mathematician, a mostly self-taught doctor, a cosmologist and a "system” gambler. He dwells in complex theories that we, as mere mortal, would still not understand. As quantum physicists we would. His mother runs a brothel. Jerome has a run of bad luck. 



Jerome is married to a beautiful wife, but their son has a few problems: webbed toes, milky eyes, deafness and Jerome had the thought of “casting him aside and let him pule in vain”… But he does not. They live in the most abject poverty and move to even worse poverty in Milan… Begging and living in the streets, he eventually enters a charitable workhouse, doing menial tasks in exchange of being fed and lodged. The family barely survives… Cardano is an intelligent common sense man with no opportunity to prove it. Though he has been troubled by strange coincidences that led him to feel cursed (see Dr Who and the Wasp), he writes later on that the power of the curse lies in the accursed person self-sabotage. “It is of use to withhold belief”. Yet at the workhouse, he is approached by another destitute “inmate”, who claims to be a wizard and tells Cardano that Cardano is cursed and he knows how to remove the spell… Cardano, desperate but mostly intrigued, takes the plunge and follows the “wizard”’s weird decursing and incantation. Soon, Cardano is back in luck… A noble friend of his who had gone to war has just come back to town and learnt of Cardano’s fate. A cascade of good luck falls upon Cardano. He is offered a chair of mathematics at a University. He is gifted at this. His regret is not to be able to get a doctor’s licence, though he knows medicine far better than the “academies” and their self-important doctors. An opportunity comes to him when Cardano is introduced by his friend to attend one of the Augustinian Friars sick for a few years with a disease that the academic doctors could not cure… Simple. Cardano recommends that the man shall not deprive himself of good food and wine, "no more soap and water", but enjoy life. Within six month the Friar is cured. Common sense prevails...


Meanwhile, Cardano had made more enemies with the medical academy by getting his book “On the Differing Opinions of Physicians” published… 


Read The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook by Michael Brooks. A history of the Renaissance mathematics that birthed imaginary numbers, probability, and the new physics of the universe...


Cardano invented the sciences of probability and other mathematical equations that have opened to door to the world of Quantum Mechanics. As mentioned by Michael Brooks, a few biographies of Cardano have been published but they contain many historical errors, including one written by a certain Alan Wykes… 


Cardano made mistakes, but really who doesn’t? Cardano tried to know everything and discovered many things. 


Most of us, plod along, happily, dumb… and some of us become politicians trying to promote ignorance as a function of being important…


Here we must parallel Cardano's adventures (I hope Michael Brooks would agree) with that of people who are posing questions in regard to the official version of dealing with Covid-19. The narrative changes but officialdom holds the narrow course with an unhealthy bracketed vigour — often contrary to scientific rigour. They don’t want to be challenged. They don’t know how to respond to challenge. 


There is also a trend at AAAS' (Science) social network to demand full trust in sciences… In the comment section, many scientists have pointed out the relativity of sciences and of the disagreement between scientists. My personal take is that of Bertolt Brecht:


The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error…” 


Basically, the aim of science is to prevent religious dictums, all silly as they are, taking over your brains with voodoo and wizardry… So, be prepared for the RELATIVE (and exciting) wisdom of sciences… with which proper progress can be made, while understanding the dynamic of this little planet...



Image at top from The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook...




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suppression of evidence...


WHO’s Chief Scientist Served with Legal Notice for Disinformation and Suppression of Evidence   By Colin Todhunter



On 25 May 2021, the Indian Bar Association (IBA) served a 51-page legal notice on Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the Chief Scientist at the World Health Organisation (WHO), for:

[H]er act of spreading disinformation and misguiding the people of India, in order to fulfil her agenda.”

The Mumbai-based IBA is an association of lawyers who strive to bring transparency and accountability to the Indian justice system. It is actively involved in the dissemination of legal knowledge and provides guidance and support to advocates and ordinary people in their fight for justice.

The legal notice says Dr Swaminathan has been:

Running a disinformation campaign against Ivermectin by deliberate suppression of effectiveness of drug Ivermectin as prophylaxis and for treatment of COVID-19, despite the existence of large amounts of clinical data compiled and presented by esteemed, highly qualified, experienced medical doctors and scientists,”


Issuing statements in social media and mainstream media, thereby influencing the public against the use of Ivermectin and attacking the credibility of acclaimed bodies/institutes like ICMR and AIIMS, Delhi, which have included ‘Ivermectin’ in the ‘National Guidelines for COVID-19 management’.”

The IBA states that legal action is being taken against Dr Swaminathan in order to stop her from causing further damage to the lives of citizens of India.






playing poker...


While some parents teach their kids to catch a ball or fold a paper plane, Alex O'Brien is teaching her five-year-old how to play poker.

She says there's a long list of life skills to be gained from studying the game, like risk assessment, probabilistic thinking, emotional resilience and discipline.

"Poker has real educational benefits," O'Brien, a UK science writer and amateur poker player, tells ABC RN's Late Night Live.

"It's a highly complex and strategic and cerebral game."

She argues everyone could benefit from thinking "more like a poker player".

And contrary to popular belief, she says nailing the game is about more than bluffing and body language.

"That is one of the core misperceptions about poker. It's so much more complex than that," O'Brien says.


"Poker gets a bad rap," she says. "It's very misunderstood by the general public."

O'Brien says poker has been used in popular culture "to communicate a sense of tension and drama and risk, usually played by mafiosos or some poor sucker losing all of his money".

Starting at home, O'Brien wants to spread her view that poker is "so much more than that".

Poker's parallels with life

In the context of gambling, playing poker can have significant negative consequences. For example, harms have been widely documented in Indigenous Australian communities, and the use of poker machines has been known to devastate both individuals and communities

What O'Brien is advocating is learning the skills and strategies of poker through studying and playing the game. In this context, she argues the game can be "empowering".

"Nothing teaches you so many things in one game that grows you as a person as well," she says.


According to O'Brien, you can pick up the rules of poker in about five minutes. Getting good at the game, though, will take a little longer.

"To truly master it, to get better at it and to compete at a high-stakes level, you really have to study," says O'Brien, whose book on the topic, The Truth Detective, is due to be published next year.

"Even my coaches study. They build hours of study into their daily routines of play," she says.

Growing up, O'Brien loved poker, but felt the game was inaccessible to her.

"It always felt like it was excluding women from the table," she says.

There's data to back that feeling up. At the 2019 World Series of Poker, which attracted more than 8,500 entrants, women made up less than five per cent of players.

But having odds stacked against O'Brien has spurred her on, rather than deter her.

"Anything that tries to exclude me based on my gender, I want to do more of, I want to challenge it, and I want to succeed and conquer it," she says.


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Please note PLAYING POKER MACHINES (one arm bandit) IS NOT PLAYING POKER... The machines are there to rob you of TIME AND MONEY — and they do it very well. Playing poker demands a sharpening skills in which memory, attention and projection are important. Cardano developed probability formulas by being a clever game "addict"...