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Numeric Pareidolia and Vortex Math

Jun 03 2012 Published by under Bad Math, Numerology

Update: as of 8/8/2012, the youtube video has been pulled at the request of the TED organization. They've also asked me to help them figure out how to keep crackpots like this out of their conferences. I turned them down: if they want help, they've got the money to hire a legitimate professional, someone who actually knows what they're doing - i.e., not me.

I'm not a big fan of the TED phenomenon. In my opinion, it's basically an elaborate scheme to help make a bunch of self-important rich guys show off their importance by getting people to come give them speeches that, ultimately, serve to reinforce their self-importance.

But there's another reason that I dislike it. In addition to the self-importance of its audience, as it's grown, it's also turned into a forum where other self-important twits can pretend that they're actual scientists presenting important scientific work.

A great example of this is something called "Vortex Math". An idiot by the name of "Marko Rodin" came up with this ridiculous idea, wrote up a website talking about how wonderful it was and how brilliant he is, and then worked out an invitation to talk at one of the TEDX conferences, which he's then used to further promote himself - after all, he must be a genuine genius in order to have been allowed to present to such an important group of people!

http://youtu.be/c1hLzQPio_8

Vortex math is an example of what I called numerical pareidolia. For those who haven't heard the term, pareidolia is seeing patterns in randomness. For example, the common event seeing the image of jesus in a piece of toast, or in a mildew stain, or... We find these images, and then believe that they're not just an illusion, but that they're a real, deliberate, meaningful reality.

Paradeidolia isn't limited to seeing images. We humans are natural pattern seekers. We can find patterns in dirt, in words, and in numbers. Numeric pareidolia is finding patterns in numbers. The most common version of that is numerology, where you assign meanings to numbers, and then find more meanings by performing arithmetic to combine numbers with arithmetic, and finding meaning in result.

In Vortex math, Mr. Rodin has done something interesting, for some definition of that word. He's found a numeric pattern, and he believes that not only is that a pattern, but it is the pattern, the fundamental structure of the universe. And what is this oh-so-awesome pattern, this vortex that defines the entire nature of the universe?

It's a sequence of 1-digit, base-10 numbers. To get it, you start, obviously, with 1. So take the number 1. Double it. You get 2. Double it again, and you get 4. Again, 8. Again, 16. But 16 is two digits - so add them together: 7. Double 16 again, and you get 32, 3+2=5, so 5 is next. Double 32, and you get 64. 6+4=10, 1+0=1. Etc. You get a repeating cycle.

That's it.

Of course, this only works in base-10. It's a result of the interaction of doubling with the base. So you won't get the same pattern in any other number system! According to Rodin, because of the significance of this pattern, that means that base-10 really is the only correct number system.

And what is the significance of this base-10 pattern? Let's let Rodin and his supporters explain, shall we?

Marko Rodin has discovered the source of the non-decaying spin of the electron. Although scientists know that all electrons in the universe spin, they have never discovered the source of this spin. Rodin has. He has discovered the underpinning geometry of the universe, the fabric of time itself. He has done this by reducing all higher mathematics – calculus, geometry, scalar math – to discrete-number mathematics.

With the introduction of Vortex-Based Mathematics you will be able to see how energy is expressing itself mathematically. This math has no anomalies and shows the dimensional shape and function of the universe as being a toroid or donut-shaped black hole. This is the template for the universe and it is all within our base ten decimal system!

The potential scope and breadth of the Rodin Solution is staggering; it is universally applicable in mathematics, science, biology, medicine, genetics, astronomy, chemistry, physics and computer science. The Rodin Solution will revolutionize computer hardware by creating a crucial gap space, or equi-potential major groove, in processors. This gap space generates underpinning nested vortices resulting in far higher efficiency with no heat build-up. The Rodin Solution replaces the binary code with a new code called the binary triplet which will revolutionize computer operating systems. It will transform physics and astrophysics by finally answering how black holes and pulsars work. Space travel will be revolutionized by reactionless drives that are unaffected by the weight they pull, making the present day combustion engine obsolete. The revolution brought on by reactionless drives will far surpass the societal changes wrought by the shift from steam engines to the present day combustion engine. The Rodin Solution can even be applied to ending pollution and drought by creating an inexhaustible, nonpolluting energy source. Because Rodin´s Vortex-Based Mathematics enables him to condense a trillion-fold calculation to only a few integer steps and because he is able to solve all the mathematical enigmas, the Rodin Solution will revolutionize computer information compression.

Pretty impressive, eh?

And what would crackpottery be without at least a bit of conspiracy? See, the government knows all about it, and they're actually secretly using it to protect us:

Rudimentary versions of the Rodin Coil, or Rodin Torus, have been created and tested by leading scientists and are presently being used by the U.S. Government in antennas that protect the four corners of the continental U.S.. Life-saving medical devices based on crude approximations of the Rodin Coil Torus are being manufactured and used in the treatment of cancer patients. Microsoft´s former senior researcher is using the Rodin Coil to research, develop and patent new computer information-compression schemes.

Nifty!

Alas, it's all bullshit. It's not worth spending too much time on this, but I'll grab a couple of the claims that are close to my interests, and briefly explain why he's so full of shit.

One of the claims in the passage above is how he'll revolutionize computer operating systems:

The Rodin Solution replaces the binary code with a new code called the binary triplet which will revolutionize computer operating systems

Suppose for a moment, that we replaced binary in our computers with a different underlying representation - any underlying representation. Ternary, quadrary, decimal, or his "binary triplets", whatever they are. How much difference would that make?

None at all. We've had the capacity to create ternary computers for a long time - there's just no reason to. We have built decimal computers. For many years, IBM had computers for financial systems that used a representation called BCD - binary coded decimal. BCD can be useful in financials, because it's easier to control rounding errors. Floating point math is a bit weird, because numbers that should be precise don't necessarily have precise binary floating point representations, so you can get some odd rounding errors if you're not careful. You don't need BCD to do this - you can use a variety of notations, so long as you're doing fixed point instead of floating point, but using a decimal fixed point representation makes it all easier.

The thing is, you can't do anything with different representations that you can't do with binary. It doesn't matter. So we don't build hardware using different representations. We don't use binary because we don't know how to build anything else; we use binary because it's easiest to build binary hardware, and there's no benefit to making the hardware more complex.

More important, one of the beautiful things about computers is that computers don't really do binary numbers. Computers use binary to represent things. Numbers are one example of something we can represent. But we can represent anything we want. When I was in college, one of my assignments in a CS class was to implement ternary arithmetic. It's a simple enough thing that it makes an easy assignment for an undergrad introductory CS class! We can build any representation that we want, and use it. We do this routinely. We're constantly building new representations for particular purposes. Some of them are so useful that they've been enshrined in hardware. For example, computers used to only come with integer hardware - that is, the only mathematical operations that were implemented in the hardware were operations on integers. The computers still did floating point math - you just needed to implement the representation in software. It was so useful that we added it to hardware in order to make it faster. But it's not fundamentally different. And if a new representation that worked better than simple binary worked, we could implement it using a standard binary computer.

So Rodin's magic vortex binary-triple computer? There's just nothing special about it. It's not going to revolutionize computers.

Another example is compression:

Because Rodin´s Vortex-Based Mathematics enables him to condense a trillion-fold calculation to only a few integer steps and because he is able to solve all the mathematical enigmas, the Rodin Solution will revolutionize computer information compression.

Again, it's stupid. The problem with compression isn't that it's too hard to compute. The problem is more fundamental than that. We can't compress everything - it's impossible. (I described more about the reason why it's generally impossible to do universal compression in this post.) The science and math of data compression are based on the fact that we don't actually want to compress arbitrary things; we want to compress specific types of things: text, images, video. For each of those, common representations contain a lot of redundancies, and compression tries to remove those redundancies. So, for example, by finding regions in successive frames of a video that don't change, we can reduce the size of a video file. But that technique won't do anything for a still image or a text file. We exploit the specific properties of the medium to find an effective way of compressing that specific medium.

In fact, we can do better at specific kinds of media with customized hardware. People build custom hardware for things like mp4 compression all the time. But that's for a specific medium. It's got nothing to do with general compression. General compression remains impossible, vortex math or no.

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Hold on tight: the world ends next saturday!

May 10 2011 Published by under Numerology

(For some idiot reason, I was absolutely certain that today was the 12th. It's not. It's the tenth. D'oh. There's a freakin' time&date widget on my screen! Thanks to the commenter who pointed this out.)

A bit over a year ago, before the big move to Scientopia, I wrote about a loonie named Harold Camping. Camping is the guy behind the uber-christian "Family Radio". He predicted that the world is going to end on May 21st, 2011. I first heard about this when it got written up in January of 2010 in the San Francisco Chronicle.

And now, we're less than two weeks away from the end of the world according to Mr. Camping! So I thought hey, it's my last chance to make sure that I'm one of the damned!

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The End Of The World is Coming in Just 501 Days!

Jan 05 2010 Published by under Numerology

A lot of people have been sending me links to a numerology article, in which yet another numerological idiot claims to have identified the date of the end of the world. This time, the idiot claims that it's going to happen on May 21, 2011.

I've written a lot about numerology-related stuff before. What makes this example particularly egregious and worth writing about is that it's not just an article on some bozo's internet website: this is an article from the San Francisco Chronicle, which treats a pile of numerological bullshit as if it's completely respectable and credible.

As I've said before: the thing about numerology is that there are so many ways of combining numbers together that if you're willing to spend enough time searching, you can find some way of producing any result that you want. This is pretty much a classic example of that.

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Yet Another Bible Code Bozo

Apr 24 2009 Published by under Numerology

I'm trying to get back into my routine, after being really devastated by losing my
dog. To people who don't love dogs, it probably seems silly to be so upset over an animal, but
he was really a member of the family, and losing him really knocked me for a loop.

I'm trying to first get caught up on my book schedule, so I haven't had time for any
substantial blog posts. But while I was bumming around, a comment showed up on one of my old
posts. For background, several times in the past, I've written about the Lords Witnesses, a
Jehovah's Witness spinoff group that claims to have discovered a "bible code" by which prophecies
are embedded in the bible. They've been predicting that Manhattan will be hit by an atomic bomb.
They've proposed somewhere around 20 different dates. Their latest prediction was April 4th of
this year.

My last post about the Lord's Witnesses and their goofy prophesies was back in 2006. But this week, a new comment on that post showed up.

It's an amusing comment. The gist of it is that he has discovered the
one true bible code; that everyone else who's found bible codes is really just being
duped by Satan, and that anyone who doesn't accept the truth of his one true
bible code is an agent of Satan.

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Numeric Pareidolia and God in Π

Jul 24 2008 Published by under Numerology

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There's one kind of semi-mathematical crackpottery that people frequently send to me, but which i generally don't write about. Given my background, I call it gematria - but it covers a much wider range than what's really technically meant by that term. Another good name for it would be numeric pareidolia. It's been a long time since I've written about this kind of stuff, and someone just sent me a pretty typical example, so what the hell. It revolves around a mess that he put together as an image, which is pretty much a classic example of obsessive silliness.

The general idea of this kind of silliness is finding some kind of numeric
pattern, and convincing yourself that there's some deep, profound truth behind that pattern. There are a couple of typical kinds of this: number/letter correspondence (classical gematria, which uses the fact that the hebrew characters are used both as letters and numbers, so a word can be interepreted as a number, and vice versa), distance coding (like the infamous "torah codes",
where you find words "hidden" in a text by picking out characters according
to some pattern and using them to form words), and simple numeric patterning (where you take numbers - generally some sort of constant - and find
some sort of pattern supposedly hidden in its digits). Todays crackpottery
is the third kind - it's written by a guy who believes that there are mystic secrets encoded into π and the square root of two that were put there by God, and that the existence of those patterns are proof of the existence of God.

This little bundle of rubbish - like all of the kinds of things I described
above - are examples of pareidolia involving numbers. As
I've written about before, we humans are amazingly good at finding patterns. We've
got a strong natural talent for looking at things, and finding structures and
patterns. That ability serves us well in many of our ordinary endeavors. The
problem with it is that there are apparent patterns in lots of things. In fact, if
you look at things mathematically, the odds of any text or constant not
containing interesting patterns is effectively nil. If you're willing to consider
all sorts of patterns, then you can find patterns in absolutely everything. The question that you need to ask is whether or not the pattern is simple the result of our ability to find patterns in noise, or whether it's something deliberate.

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More Old Friends: The Bible Code Guys

Oct 21 2007 Published by under Numerology

Time for our second visit with old friends. This time, we're going to check up on "The Lords Witnesses", the bible code geniuses who made somewhere around a dozen attempts at using their code to nail down a date at which the UN building in NYC would be blown up.

These nutters are a spinoff of the Jehovah's witnesses. They believe that there is a secret code
embedded in the bible. They agree that all of the other people who claim to have found secret codes in
the bible are all just a bunch of crackpots - but they have the truth.

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Return of the Bible Code Bozos

Aug 12 2006 Published by under Numerology

Remember back in the end of june, when I [talked about these insane bozos] who were [predicting that a nuclear bomb would be blown up in the UN plaza?][firsttime] And they were on their fourth prediction about when this would happen? And how each time they blew it, [they came up with an excuse for why they were wrong?][update]
I thought it would be fun to take a look back at them, and see what they're up to six weeks later. Naturally, [they're still at it.][bozos] They've updated their prediction 5 more times now.
But there are a couple of really amusing things about what they're up to now.
First, they've declared victory:
>We correctly predicted that the UN would lose its headship in 2006Tammuz (this
>being the 2nd head of the image of the Beast of Revelation 13) which gets a
>death stroke but then recovers. It lost its head on 2006July12 when Israel
>invaded Lebanon without a UN mandate. The UN lost credibility and lost control >for a month. It lost headship over Israel for one month. But the image of the
>Beast does not lose two heads, it only loses one head. Each of the 7 heads of
>the image of the UN Beast stands for one month of military headship over the
>governments of the world, just as the 7 heads of the UN Beast itself each stand
>for one year of military headship over the governments of the world. So we knew
>it had to regain headship this month and it did by virtue of the multilaterally
>agreed UN Security Council ceasefire resolution of Friday 2006August11. Now the
>UN will declare Peace and Security and then sudden destruction will befall them
>according to 1 Thessalonians 5:3. So please leave NYC for the sabbath!!!
And second, they've worked *their errors* into their code. That is, they're now saying that their bible code *predicts* that they'd get it wrong seven times, so that their *eighth* prediction will be right. But they've made 9 predictions! So what to do? Well, hedge of course. You see, only the *correct* incorrect predictions count. So they have an explanation for why *some* of the incorrect predictions were *correct* incorrect predictions, and some were *incorrect* incorrect predictions.
>On April 29th we started predicting dates for a terrorist Nuclear Bomb at the
>UN in midtown. After making several mistakes we realised that 1 Kings 18:43
>declared we would get it right at the 8th attempt (Since Elijah asked his
>attendant to go and look for a man made mushroom cloud 7 times after the first
>no show, making 8 attempts in all). The trouble is that we have found it hard
>to decide just what a valid attempt is. Here are all the incorrect dates we
>have so far proposed...
>
>2006Iyyar21 (May 19/20) [7 days after 2006Iyyar14]
>2006Iyyar28 (May 26/27) [7 days after first mistaken date]
>2006Iyyar11 (June 8/9) [First day of the 2,000 pigs of Mark 5 incorrectly calculated]
>2006Sivan12 (June 9/10) [First day of the 2,000 pigs of Mark 5 correctly calculated but misinterpreted]
>2006Tammuz2/3 (June30-July2) [7th sabbath after first mistaken date/7th sabbath omitting 2006Sivan5]
>2006Tammuz4-6 (July2 - July 4) [7th sabbath day when we asked people to lookout]
>2006Tammuz28/29 (July 25 - 27) [Assumed contest began on 911]
>2006Ab3/4 (July 30 - August 1) [Assumed second 'day' of contest began when wheat went limit up in Chicago]
>2006Ab8 (August 4/5) [Assumed second 'day' of contest began on non BLC day of 2006Adar28 so that 1750th day is sabbath]

>
>What we now propose is...
>
>2006Ab15 (August 11/12) [7th sabbath lookout period after first mistake]
>
>So one could say you have had 9 attempts, you screwed up each time, give up and
>try doing something less dramatic! But although our repeated failures would at
>first sight take more and more credibility away from our work, the world
>security situation is for a fact moving in a direction that lends more and more
>credibility to our work. We started behaving as prophets of Doom for the UN and
>for Manhattan on April 29th 2006, when we proposed 2006Iyyar11 (June 8/9) as
>the date of the first nuclear terrorist attack. At that time the following
>global security situation existed...
Gotta love it, eh?
I'll give 'em credit for their persistence, if not for their intelligence, or their sanity, or their rationality, or even their theology.
[update]: http://scienceblogs.com/goodmath/2006/07/an_update_on_the_bible_code_bo.php
: http://scienceblogs.com/goodmath/2006/07/bible_code_bozos.php
[firsttime]: http://scienceblogs.com/goodmath/2006/06/good_math_bad_math_might_be_in.php
[bozos]: http://www.truebiblecode.com/index.html

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An Update on the Bible Code Bozos

Jul 07 2006 Published by under Numerology

About 10 days ago, I wrote a post about a group of bozos who believe they've found a secret code in the bible, and that according to them, there was going to be a nuclear attack on the UN building in NYC by terrorists. This was their fourth attempt to predict a date based on their oh-so-marvelous code.
Well, obviously, they were wrong again. But, do they let that stop them? Of course not! That's the beauty of using really bad math for your code: you can always change the result when it doesn't work. If you get the result you want, then you can say your code was right; if you don't get things right, it's never the fault of the code: it's just that you misinterpreted. I thought it would be amusing to show their excuse:

We made another mistake. The monthly Sabbath of 2006Tammuz is not 30 individual daily Sabbaths, but is one month long Sabbath. Our new predicted date for a Nuclear Attack on the UN in New York City launched from the Sea or a great River is Sundown Tuesday July 25th - Sundown Thursday July 27th.

Yeah, they got days and months mixed up. That's the ticket! So now it's another three weeks off. But they're still right! They still know the truth, and want to save us!

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Bible Code Bozos

Jul 01 2006 Published by under Numerology

Earlier this week, I posted [a brief article][nyc-boom] about the ["True Bible Code"][tbc] folks who claimed that NYC was going to be hit by a terrorist nuclear weapon this weekend.
I was looking at the rest of their site to see what their "true bible code" was. I was expecting something along the lines of the gap codes or yet another low-budget gematria. It turns out to be much more humorous than either of those.
Most of the bible-code type nonsense you find is based on simple rules. There's a good reason for that: the more complex the rules get, the more likely they are to be artifacts. The more elaborate the rule, the less convincing it's going to be as a real code, and the more likely it is to be an artifact of the natural structure of the language combined with that human pattern-finding ability.
The gap-coding is a good example of what a hidden-code system might really look like. It's not obvious; but it's simple enough to be able to look for the patterns. If it had turned out that the bible really had patterns coded that way, but you couldn't find similar patterns in other texts, that would have been interesting. (In the original publication, they claimed only the old testament contained those patterns; but numerous folks [have shown that claim to be false][bc-debunk]. It's an artifact of the natural structure of the hebrew language.)
In contrast - the more complex a system of rules gets, the more it includes special cases, conditions, alternatives, and subjective choices, the less likely it is to have any possibility of representing anything real. Language is complicated enough that if you take any text, and start adding rules, you can develop a system of rules which will describe properties of that text.
It's a lot like working with machine learning algorithms. A machine learning algorithm is trained by taking a sequence of stuff as input (called training data), and analyzing it. The idea is that you feed it a bunch of data that has some property that you're interested in; and after it's been trained, it will be able to recognize other things with that property. Some machine learning algorithms [like decision trees][decision-tree] actually generate human-readable rules to describe the procedure it's going to follow. One other thing that these kinds of algorithms can often do is provide an *exemplar*: a datum that is a typical example of a datum that matches a rule.
When you use machine learning on a set of data, and you set the parameters to make it very sensitive, very precisely selecting properties of the input data, you tend to get very strange, elaborate rules. For example, on the linked wiki page, they show a decision tree for helping you determine whether or not you should play golf on a particular day. Some of the rules are things like "If it's sunny and the humidity is less than 70%, then you should play". If the parameters were set to be too sensitive, you might end up with a rule like "If it's sunny, and the humidity is greater than 12% and less than 42%, or greater than 51% but less than 68%, and it's a tuesday or friday before 12pm in the summer, or it's a wednesday after 4pm in the autumn, and at least one person you're going to play with has a name that starts with 'J' or 'P', then you should play."
The point of this little aside is that if you're determined to find a set of rules that specifically describes one particular set of data, you can. But it's going to be a very bizzare set of rules that really makes no sense.
So... Back to these "True Bible Code" guys. They've got incredibly elaborate rules. Twenty of them. Each of which has multiple cases and conditions. Let me give an example - what they call [the symbolic structure principle][tbc-symbolic] - which is one of their initial rules, and *not* one of the most complicated.
>Every literal account in the bible has the normal literal meaning.
>
>Every non literal account, such as a dream, a parable or a vision, has a
>straightforward symbolic meaning, which is the symbolic meaning of the
>events described in the account. We call this the Event Symbolic meaning, or
>the Event Symbolism.
>Every interpretational sub account in the bible has its normal literal
>meaning which describes the event symbolic meaning of one or more symbolic
>sub accounts. If the interpretation has symbolic sections then these have
>event symbolic meanings.
>
>Every account in the bible, which:
>
>[1] contains a 'countable noun', which is a noun acting as a noun (or a
>participle which declines as a noun which is used as a noun, such as a
>'baker' - the one causing [things] to be baked - a Hiphil participle in
>Hebrew) which is repeated an even number of times (wherein all repeated
>words take the same meaning in the literal account or in the event
>symbolism), and which does not contain a double designation - see [Code6b]
>or which
>
>[2] has a parallel account elsewhere in the bible,
>
>has a further set of one, two, three or four (so far as we have found) word
>symbolic meanings.
>
>The number of Word Symbolic meanings in a sub account is determined by the
>Successive Designations Principle below - see [Code6b]. These greater
>meanings are in addition to the literal meaning, in the case of a literal
>account, and are in addition to the straightforward symbolic meaning, the
>event symbolic meaning, in the case of a symbolic account such as a dream, a
>vision or a parable. They are in addition to the literal/event symbolic
>meaning of an interpretational sub account.
>
>If a bible account contains an interpretational subaccount (typically an
>interpretation from Jesus, Daniel or Joseph), then the literal meaning of
>the interpretation is the event symbolic meaning of the symbolic subaccount
>which it is interpreting. Obviously since the narrative is also literal, its
>literal meaning sets the scene for the event symbolic meaning of all of its
>symbolic subaccounts.
>
>The first word symbolic meaning of any interpretational subaccount is the
>first word symbolic meaning of the symbolic subaccount which it interprets.
>Furthermore the existence of a first word symbolic thread in an
>interpretational subaccount unites the first word symbolic meaning of the
>narrative to the first word symbolic meaning of the symbolic subaccount
>which the interpretation is explaining.
>
>Likewise the second, third, fourth word symbolic meanings of any
>interpretational subaccount (if they exist) are the second third fourth word
>symbolic meanings of the symbolic subaccount which it interprets.
>Furthermore the existence of a second, third, fourth word symbolic thread in
>an interpretational subaccount unites the second, third, fourth word
>symbolic meaning of the narrative to the second, third, fourth word symbolic
>meaning of the symbolic subaccount which the interpretation is explaining.
>
>Likewise the non existence of a first second third fourth word symbolic
>thread in an interpretational subaccount decouples the first second third
>fourth word symbolic meaning of the symbolic account which it interprets
>from the first second third fourth word symbolic meanings of the narrative
>respectively.
After that whopper of a rule, they go through six examples; followed by four "proofs". The proofs are pretty much indistinguishable from the examples. For example, here's the shortest one, the fourth "proof".
>Finally we have the shortest parable in the bible which is:
>
>33 Another illustration he spoke to them: The kingdom of the heavens is like
>leaven, which a woman took and hid in three large measures of flour, until
>the whole mass was fermented/leavened (Matthew 13).
>
>Ok, you young paduan learners! If it is the most insignificant and smallest
>of the parables in the whole bible, then what does this tell you about its
>spiritual meaning in this upside down world in which we live?
>
>Yes, it is the greatest of them all in meaning. Well, the event symbolic
>meaning is as follows:
>
>The woman is the holy spirit, the leaven is the bible code, and the three
>lumps of flour are the literal, the event symbolic and the account symbolic
>meanings of the bible. When the whole mass is fermented/leavened (decoded),
>then we can truly eat the whole book and see both the code and the truth and
>God and the true religion and his plan and his love and his humour and his
>righteousness, and our total and utter pretentiousness and stupidity
>stretching over 3500 years. As regards the account symbolic meaning of
>Matthew 13:33 and the parallel account in Luke 13:20 please see section[69].
>
>This leaven is not the wicked teachings of the Pharisees but is rather the
>good teachings of the true priesthood of God. This website is the result of
>such leaven. We are expanding the bread of heaven to make it fully
>digestible.
This looks a *lot* like what I would expect as the output from a rule-generating machine learning system - right down to that so-called "proof", which isn't a proof, but an examplar. As a computer scientist, if I saw my system generating a rule like this, my reaction would be to adjust the parameters - because I'm clearly generating garbage. For *any* large set of documents, you *can* come up with a set of rules that matches them. The question is, do they matter? Do they have any real meaning, or are they just coincidental? The answer is usually that elaborate multicondition rules, particularly when they involve subjective terms, is that they're meaningless coincidence. Like the ones here.
[nyc-boom]: http://scienceblogs.com/goodmath/2006/06/good_math_bad_math_might_be_in.php
[tbc]: http://www.truebiblecode.com/
[tbc-symbolic]: http://www.truebiblecode.com/code.html#c5
[bc-debunk]: http://www.postfun.com/pfp/bible/code.html
[decision-tree]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decision_tree

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Good Math, Bad Math might be in trouble later this week

Jun 27 2006 Published by under Numerology

I just received some email that would seriously worry me if it weren't for the fact that I'm not an idiot.

WARNING!
TERRORISTS are going to ATTACK NEW YORK!
There is NO TIME to waste! Go read http://www.truebiblecode.com/nyc.html!!!!!!

Going there, I find:

We are now 98% confident that the UN Plaza will be hit by a terrorist nuclear bomb between Thursday evening June 29th and Tuesday evening July 4th, 2006
It is certainly true that: No nukes is good nukes! But just because we got the date wrong (3 times) does not mean that the scriptural threat has evaporated. It is still there in black and white in bible symbolism. So we still have the almost impossible task of persuading a typical New Yorker with faith in God, that the Bible predicts the very day and place of the first terrorist nuke. There is obviously a massive credibility gap between: "Here endeth the lesson" and "Here endeth NYC". But every journey, however long, begins with one small step. So here is our attempt to fill that gap.
Firstly we again strongly advise anyone in New York City with any faith in God, whatever his religion or whatever his distrust of organised religion, to take the last Thursday in June off and to get out of NYC for that weekend and not come back until the evening of July 4 if nothing happens.
You can then study this fascinating article outside NYC at your leisure, during that weekend or more to the point, after that weekend! It is going to be hard to find the necessary time during the next few days, given the busy schedule of every New Yorker, to sit down and fully analyze the fruits of 14 years of bible decoding and reach a rational decision about such a momentous prediction. So the sensible course of action might be to judge for yourself whether we are sincere in our efforts to decode the bible. And if you see that we are sincere, then rather than taking an intellectual walk from basic faith to accurate bible prophecy, just rely on all of the work that we have so far done and on the basis of your faith and our sincerity, take the weekend out of the city.

You gotta love this. Not only is it a splendid example of worse kind of pseudo-numerological gibberish, but they admit to having been wrong three times already. But this time, this time!, they've really got it right! We should trust them and get the hell of of NYC this weekend, no matter what it costs!

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