Friday, May 29, 2015

Review: Explaining Experience In Nature

From 2004 thru 2010 I published almost everything that I wrote in my research online. This meant that you could see the development of my ideas and the progress I was, or was not, making.

In 2009, however, I became stuck. It was unclear to me how to move forward, especially in formal terms. And so in 2011 I took my materials off line.

In 2012 I focused back upon computation and the work of Alan Turing, spending much of the year traveling and celebrating Turing's life and work. In 2013 I had a breakthrough and became unstuck. Then in early 2014 I was diagnosed with Cancer and a minor stroke, requiring brain surgery, two weeks in ICU, and seven weeks of radiation and chemo therapy.

In November 2013, before my diagnosis and inspired by my wife, I presented the first chapter of a new book at Stanford University, intending to have it finished in the following months and to release it in early 2014. I knew at the time that my capacity was diminishing, I felt less bright and had to work harder to focus.

I am beginning to feel much better now, especially in my mind. I have physical challenges to over come but I am brighter and more focused. Fortunately, the stoke was minor and the bleed is now cleaned up. In the coming year I WILL publish this new book based upon the now decade of full-time basic research. This volume "On The Origin Of Experience" is both more narrowly focused and more comprehensive.

For historical reasons some of you may wish to read the work that led me here. Informally published online and evolved over many years, you can find this work in the internet archive on The Way Back Machine under the domain SENSES.INFO. Follow this link to find the four file version generated from my research tool, The Glass Bead Game, on July 16th, 2011; one hundred and forty pages, about 50,000 words.

You can navigate on ARCHIVE.ORG through the versions of my research in progress back to March 9th 2008.

In the months before IASE was officially incorporated as a non-profit I published IASE.INFO in November 2005, this was captured by the Internet Archive on December 17th, 2005.  In the following year we gained $60,000 from Microsoft but over the years I survived primarily by reducing costs.

You can forward through the evolution of IASE in the Archive. I am happy with some of what this reveals but discontent that I was unable to make better progress in developing the organization and raising funds, especially hard during the economic crisis.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Cancer

Unknown to me at the time of my lectures at Stanford University, I had Cancer. I had been misdiagnosed with TMJ. I was diagnosed Stage IV a few months later with Cancer of the tongue, hence my use of a water bottle during my talks. During the diagnostic scans it was also discovered that I had a brain bleed (a minor stroke), but at the time suspected to be further Cancer, of the brain. In May 2014 I had brain surgery, performed expertly by Dr. Marco Lee, and no tumor was found (the bleed was superficial only). After almost two weeks in the ICU VMC trauma unit, there followed seven weeks of Radiation and Chemo Therapy as treatment for my Cancer.

The book discussed in my November lecture was placed on hold. This is a note simply to say that I am recovering well, although my power of speech is currently diminished. I have returned to my research with the refreshed vigor that comes of facing my mortality. I expect the book now by the end of this year (2015) probably to be published in early 2016 ... subject to my continuing recovery and good health. I apologize for the delay, the book is sure to be better as a result of this experience :-)

My thanks to Doctors and Nurses at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, the Sobrato Cancer Center and the Stanford Cancer Center who have helped me over the past year. In particular, Dr. Harlan Pinto of Stanford (ENT Oncology),  Dr. Kimberly Shepherd (ENT), Dr. Marco Lee (Neurology), Dr. Albert Lin (Chemo) and especially Dr. Nam Cho (Radio Therapy) and Lisa Liang (Nutrition) of VMC. A special call out to the many residents, nurses, and assistants that work with these doctors and all those doctors and nurses in the Stanford ER - only a few of whom the names I can recall.  I have been well cared for on every step of the journey and cannot say enough in praise.

Extra special thanks to my wife Debbie who has stood by me and stood in for me over the past year. As a sign of our appreciation she donated the Debbie's work "What Horses Dream Of" to VMC. You can see it at VMC Radio Therapy in the Sobrato Cancer Center.