How to translate math equations back to emotions?

Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things Henri Poincaré, in The future of Mathematics, 1908 Poetry is the art of giving different names to the same thing Unknown poet, in response to Poincaré This post is basically the article Making concrete analogies and big pictures, with just different title. For Vietnamese readers, you can read […]

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The linguistic and cognitive aspects of red herring names and formal definitions

Red herring names are names not either red or a herring. That is, it is a misleading name in math. Take the red herring name noncommutative geometry as an example. Its correct form should be not necessarily commutative geometry (or possibly non-commutative geometry), but the adverbs are trimmed in a rush to explain an idea in which the speaker knows […]

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Connections between cognitive linguistics, cognitive psychology, Buddhism and Daoism

Here I discuss my observations between the four fields: linguistics, cognitive psychology, Buddhism and Daoism. Each section will be a topic that involve at least two of them. Note that my understanding on linguistics is not very strong. Misunderstanding in communication In the parable “The blind men and the elephant”, the concept “elephant” is defined as “snake”, “tree”, or “spear” […]

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A theory of perspective (full text)

Once upon a time, there lived a blind man in a village. One day his friend told him, “Hey, there is an elephant in the village today.” The elephant had always been a mystery for him. The first time he heard about it was when he heard children puzzling each other: “How do you put an elephant into a fridge?”. […]

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Making concrete analogies and big picture

When a politician says that voting for independence “would be like leaving an ocean liner for a lifeboat, without paddles, on a stormy sea”, a researcher in the crowd will yell at the top of their lungs: Their skeptics is good and necessary, because with just a little carelessness the analogy will become a fallacy. Yet, analogical reasoning is one […]

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Compare the electrostatic energy between the mutants of HIV-1 protease when binding to lopinavir

Abstract: Electrostatic interaction plays an important role in the binding of HIV-1 protease and ligand. Understanding the role of this interaction may assist designing better drugs targeting on HIV/AIDS disease. In this work, we have applied the Poisson – Boltzmann method to calculate the binding electrostatic energy between HIV-1 protease and lopinavir. The results imply that the inhibitor binds stronger […]

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