Friday, October 3, 2014

Truth engineering

One view might argue that truth would smell good. This comes from reactions of professors who claimed that something stinks. Many healthy, live bio-forms have a good smell. The Lord knows that many spend their time and resources getting people to buy that which smells good to them.

But, we have to hear it for the smelly (pejorative sense) side. Bio decay is part of a wholesome system. So, who are we to turn up our noses at that? Besides, many who are embedded in environments that are other than sterile (politically correctness) seem to get inured to bad smells.

I won't mention a French class room on a hot and humid day. That, pray tell, is an issue of sensitivity.

So, then, is "good smell" in the nose of the noser (as beauty is to the eye he/she who beholds)?

On the other hand, given that we know states of being, parameters involved, and related things, could we not assess the health of some state via smell? Yes, indeed. We do it all the time.

Now, given that, ought we smell rats in finance? Doesn't seem so, as the last post here was in 2009. Since then, Ben, then Janet, flayed the savers; on the other hand, he/she spike the punch bowl so that we have excessive inflation of things financial. It was about three years ago that some change came about. People just seemed to salivate as they thought of their 401k, albeit their money was mostly of a funny sort, virtually enjoyed.

You see, that last comment brings up the fact that the markets, as defined, have more losers than winners. The hope always is that one can be on the winning side. Oh, the poor dears, always being stuck in the position of loss, categorically.

Can the nose come into the argument here? We will see.


10/03/2014 --

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Common sense

We all know that the nose can know. Why let shenanigans, like mis-used mathematics, take that away?

Ken Fisher has a new book on how to smell a rat. Sounds like a message of value.


10/11/2011 -- Business has stunk for a long while. The protesters can smell the rankness.

10/05/2009 -- Trouble is that these things are never easy, no matter how hard we try. Hence, the little people need to develop talents for them to use on behalf of themselves and others. There are people who are not lying in wait to exploit opportunities, as opposed to types like the golden sack'rs.

Modified: 10/11/2011

Monday, July 6, 2009

Importance of nose

While we were looking at the nose as a prime means for truth processing, we haven't forgotten about the other senses. It's just that the nose has a lot going for it that we need to understand better.

USA Today recently published an opinion article that talked about people losing their smell from using a pharmaceutical. That the author lost smell is very much part of the opinion.

As Turing proposed an AI test, we ought to do one in regard to some real world thing (see 07/05/2009 Remarks), such as fooling someone to think they were flying by using a flight simulator.

On the other hand, if we learned how, perhaps the nose could augment visually based assessments in areas where the requirements are strong and not easily met.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A new day

We're a few weeks in, so it's a little early to see substantial changes. Yet, that they are coming is in the air.

The bean counting world, how is its nose? It's an important part of the financial (economic) side. On the product side, we'll need more discussion.


03/11/2009 -- True, the Poster boys, et al, motivate, yet, so to does the flimflam of the game definers.

Modified: 03/11/2009

Monday, September 22, 2008

Necessity of nose

This blog's outlook is part of a triad. Of course, it is by no means sufficient, the nose, that is. We are multi-sensed and talented.

But, for now, if we look at current events, financial and product, from this means, perhaps a more full model will emerge.

We have to admit, though, that the old smeller can be very effective, hence it is the starting place.


12/13/2008 -- Much water has passed under the bridge. But, new types of revelations continue to arise.

Modified: 12/13/2008

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Nose and its peers

The thing is that we can pick the nose's view as interesting. Our observations seem to show its importance to certain species. Too, the good and the bad are easily discerned, for some, along this sense axis.

But, as we know, there are other axes (senses) that could bear equal weight in determining truth and not. One may even argue that a fully balanced entity (truthful) would collocate across all the spaces in what might be called the positive region.

Now, the focus to date has been more on the entity being evaluated, somewhat assuming that the nose is. Well, the nose may have a stroke and return awry results. That is, it may lead us to worse than the perdition path.

So, what are we to do? Therein lies one rub that has led to the modern, relativistic viewpoints. Therein lies another rub relating to the ease of misjudgment.

But, the problem, though not solvable, is manageable. That is the focus that we'll be taking, in a multi-sense framework, bowing to the nose, though, as it spawns such wonderful alliterations.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Nose and fallacy

Since the nose, of any type, is the measures under our model, the question would always arise as to its ability in ferreting out the truth. That is, who knows whose nose knows best.

That power and money trump much is a telling tale. Somehow we need to bolster an independent view that cannot be brokered or bought.

The 'ludic fallacy' of Taleb points to one mode of discussion. Elsewhere, much has been said about abstractions and gaming, albeit that the latter is in the context of our financial world.

In terms of a program, one would think that levels of management, or involvement, would be characterized by different nose functions. For instance, that the CEO sees a different picture than does the program manager who has to deal with details of problems is obvious.

So, in determining truth, role needs some attention as well as do other factors.

In any case, the nose would tell us what stinks, mainly.