Brainwashing in America

A friend of mine (white American, not Jewish) sent me this photo:

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I never would have expected anything like this. A compilation of the rulers of the major media outlets in America, with a classification of their background, with Jewish as one of them. We all know that Jews in many racial classifications are not in their separate group, as they are considered white.

It reminds me of a guy who worked for Xinhua News Agency who switched to a technical field when he came to America, in particular a remark of him. Remember back a few years, the whole Jimmy Kimmel kill all Chinese episode? On that, he commented: in America, a TV host says “kill all Chinese,” and it’s like a joke. Just imagine if someone said that about the Jews. Of course, that would never happen because Jews control the media outlets in America. Now this is something that many people know is 100% true, but which our suffocating atmosphere of PC prevents us from talking about.

Now my question is how Jews managed to politic their way to such a position. Yes, we all know that they are very verbally and culturally gifted (they dominate film as well), but that can’t explain it all. There must be other major factors in play here.

Green in that diagram is for “goy”. With the murky resolution, I initially saw that as “gay”. Now that’s another minority group known to have been shunned, persecuted, historically that produces many a creative genius. Kolmogorov? Alan Turing? Robert MacPherson? But no, it refers to the complement of Semite minus non-white in this diagram, in other words, the white and non-Jewish. Check out this.

What I am bringing up here could not be more consequential. What people do is a function of what resides in one’s mind, which is influenced or even controlled in some cases by the cultural environment, by the information one accesses. Now, most people aren’t like me. Most people don’t have the awareness of their possibly being brainwashed that I do that leads them to learn foreign languages and contact alternative perspectives on matters. Most people don’t have the rigorous, critical mindset that brings them to question conventional modes of thought and taboos imposed by social and cultural norms. Most people don’t realize that information is often fed out of narrow self-interest of those who control it so that the people they rule can be controlled, so that they can worry less about the risk of being overthrown.

The US brought down the Soviet Union with ideas. It could not through military means. With economics, it is also tough. But it could by penetrating and influencing the elites and the masses with dangerous liberal ideology, or whatever one phrases it as, so that idiots like Gorbachev and Yeltsin may come to power there. That’s how powerful propaganda is. War is largely cultural. You win by winning someone’s heart.

Now, I’ve seen a girl born in Russia but raised in the US who actually believes that it was America who defeated Nazi Germany. That’s how successful America has been at brainwashing. As brilliant as Russians are technically, a bulk of the best of them are now in America working for the profit of American capitalists who are fundamentally at odds with them. This just goes to show how important cultural preservation and political organization are. Without it, one can easily be riding west when one’s destination is east and thinking that one is doing well because the absolute value of one’s velocity vector is astronomical.

Kong Qingdong has noted that the West still controls international debate, and on that, perhaps the GFC is a form of self-protectionism? 扬长避短 (play up one’s strengths and down one’s weaknesses), as the Chinese would say. The Chinese communists did that in combat to great success. In China, I have seen many emphasize the importance of winning China’s international voice, as Chinese culture is still grossly misunderstood and misrepresented outside China, to the extent that even most Chinese kids reared in America learn a pseudo version of it. It should be obvious that there is another world on the other side of the curtain that one needs to learn a notoriously difficult foreign language in order to access. The gap here is no longer physical, with the internet. It is mental.

I’ll conclude by encouraging my readers to be more reflective and cognizant of the grasp one’s cultural environment has on oneself. You are not liberated until you tear its fetters away!

我的混杂背景

近日,对中国传统文化和新中国的文化都得以更深刻的认识,通过阅读大量网上的文献。我从未在中国上过学,所以可以说是在弥补自己失去的十二年的中国教育。同时,我在俄语也有了大的提高,今天在俄语维基百科上阅读一些数学及历史,我想也许不久就能够写流利的俄文了。我所看到的俄罗斯文化都是苏共匪的,由于苏联歌曲与我艺术口味如鸳鸯。也想起,我跟那位犹裔数学博士讨论审美观时,提出了苏联在科学艺术上精彩巨有创造性的一切,或许因为俄罗斯人本质就更审美啊。他人回:有可能,但我想好多也因为苏联极好的教育体制。

想起,我有一次观大美国数学家Robert MacPherson的采访,在此,他说在五十年代末六十年代初时,美国主流的教育哲学认为学(比如微积分)过早不良由此必导后正式学闲无聊,及他父母也如此认为。当然,他将此形容为”terrible educational theory”。其与苏联的恰恰相反,在苏联他们是鼓励在各种方面有超常天分的人从小纯粹追求卓越的发挥发展自己,并且政府公家会给这些人提供更多的教育及培养资源。想更细的了解他们怎么做的,可以看看Masha Gessen写的Perfect Rigor,是讲解决庞家来猜想的怪才Perelman,里面可预料有描述当时苏联高中数学尖子之圈的组织及文化。回到美国,真难以想象美国在冷战时期尽然有如此之愚昧的无科学根据的教育思想嵌入主流。

我自己是承受了十二年美国的垃圾公立教育,在一个普通的美国学校,与一些普通的美国孩子。老师实在太差,学生也笨得要命,我也是,只不过在某些地方没有像其他人那么差。美国老愿意指责某些别的国家没有言论自由,竟是政府的propaganda,但是在我眼里在教育洗脑,很难比美国做得更严重,美国教政治教历史是极端的不客观,忽略一切不符合美国统治阶级意识形态的,是建立在无知的基础之上。老师将荒唐讹谬熏陶在无辜单纯的孩子上,所以美国人长大了好多却认为希特勒是美国打败的。在数理化,美国学校不要求学生做证明题,所以美国人的严谨思维能力那么差,我都看到在美国技术公司当官的美国人愚昧到不记圆的面积公式,何况对诸如此类有任何理解。好多老师讲的这些我还都相信了,比如我的四年级老师说三角形内角度之和为一百八十,因为数学家每次以量角器测量所画的“稍有特殊的”三角依然会得一百八十。九年级,我们在历史和英语课,读的都是像Ayn Rand和Solzhenitsyn这样的人的作品,有明显的政治偏见。在这种环境之下,基本百分之百的中国孩子会对中国文化有极其稀奇古怪的眼观。孔庆东说过,现在主要战场是文化战场而在此,中国一大片土地都已经被占领了!因为我这个人智商比较高,不太受制于环境及社会压力的影响,所以我慢慢悟觉到,通过阅读网上的许多中文资料及客观的非畅销的英文资料,才晓得美国是如此之大的一个骗局。我这种人是不那么容易上当的,可惜,如我一般的人过少。我想强调,中国有墙,是,美国也有,它的墙是教育及文化自然导致的对外的不接受加上复杂的政治正确文化,达到人曰男女在理工科能力不平等都会遭到冲击,看看Larry Summers就知道了。对于某些体制,美国主流媒体也是扯淡回避,所以他们对中国的预测基本上都是错的。

上了大学,我终于离开了美国中学令人精神麻木的樊篱,接触了一些更有趣的人,更有深度的思想,更丰富的世界,开阔了眼界,但是纠正排泄美国公立教育所产生的精神遗患还是需要一定的时间,直到今年初,才可以说自己终于达到了精神的解放,此过程犹脱开眼罩解盲,乌云散开露晴天,沉睡高山梦觉醒。我也想过这些多少可以归根环境,多少源于自己自然地生理发育。我想后者占主要,可是前者也有相当大的影响,毕竟依心理学所言,孩子小的时候易控制,易影响,则许多特征之遗传度,如智商,在小时与环境更相关。同时,主观而言,我在美国所得到的教育及发展环境并未让我能够宽松自然地发展自己,使得自己的天分得以充分的发挥,我在上学时期基本处于迷茫的心理状态,徘徊犹豫,非镇定自若,我想这跟我的特殊的文化背景,家庭背景,和本人天生不同之难以接受于诸多无知低级趣味的人都有密切的关系。

那位博士也认为美国的教育特别不利于特殊的孩子的发展,由于美国教育平均主义强调的非常不实际的过级,好的教育一般都需要在学校组织之外,需要大量家长的投入。我很心理安慰听到他在长大过程中也有了一些类似的感受,因为上学时一直怕自己是有点问题。

我也想过要是留在中国上学我会成为什么样,我想也是会出一些问题,但是学的知识会更多,也会早养成习惯更系统的学习,做事,也不会像在美国出现了某某文化洗脑及不安全感所带来的痼疾,最后者幸好吾以自愿接触正宗中国文化而处理,非如大多数吾认识之洋养华夏。美国主流文化对亚裔人,尤其是其阳性,有较负面的刻板印象及态度,其好多非客观正确,但由于广泛被相信,似乎都变为此了。我有一位华裔朋友说在西方国家长达对他的自尊心有了一定的打击,其到他成年却依然存在。

我相信自己有光明的未来,凭自己的能力。长大了,独立生活,选适合自己的环境,可以使得自己的潜力发挥出来。我在网上所看到的心理学也说人到了二十中,就不会太束于同侪压力及父母压力,可此置之度外选择自己独特的,与众不同的,甚至极端的道路,本人也感觉此在本人起效,魂魄逸流。我想一直坚持自己独立的判断和理念,非人云亦云,谁知道那,也许我会创造非凡的传奇,也许我会成为社会公认的疯子,也许(此为其中最大概率的)我会过平凡的一生。终言。

A possible switch in focus from math to natural science

I find myself becoming more keen on natural reality over the last week or so, though my time has still been mostly concentrated on mathematics. It is possible that I am actually more suited to natural science than to mathematics, who knows. To estimate the expected extent of that finer, I’m going to go learn some natural science, like what else would I do.

I want to first talk about my experience with science in college, high school, middle school, and perhaps even earlier. In elementary school, in sixth grade, we had this science fair. My partner and I chose to do ours on wastewater treatment plants. There were some people who did solar power and even one who did population growth the previous year (social science is science I guess). I learned absolutely nothing from that; it’s like, how many kids at that age can actually learn science that isn’t bull shit?

In 7th grade, we had for our science course life science. It was mostly taking notes on various types of life, from fish to reptiles to plants. That’s when I first learned of the Linnaeus classification system. We didn’t do experiments really. Tests were mostly regurgitation of notes. There was nothing quantitative.

In 8th grade, it was earth science. The teacher was so dumb that in math class, this kid was like: how can you like Mrs.    ? She’s as dumb as a rock! To that, the math teacher, who later realized by me was a complete moron who didn’t even know what math was, was not terribly accepting, I’ll put it that way. We studied volcanos and earthquakes, watched documentaries on those types of things, and played around a bit with Bunsen burners and random equipment typical in chemistry laboratory, the names of which I know not. For names, I guess use this as a reference? I didn’t like that class and didn’t do well in it at all. My ADHD or what not was particularly severe in it.

In 9th grade, it was “physical science.” We did some problems in Newtonian mechanics, very simple ones, that’s when I first learned of Newtons, Joules, work, energy, those types of things. I actually found that pretty interesting. There was this project for making an elastic powered, or rubber band powered car to be more explicit. Really, there wasn’t much point in that other than as a way to pass time for kids. Having worked as a software engineer, I can guess that there are very systematic ways of designing and building that stuff. Of course, us kids just tinkered around in a way wherein we didn’t know at all what we were doing. I do remember there was a time when we were playing with this thing, called a crucible I think, that we were not supposed to touch, as doing so would smear black onto our hands, which I nonetheless still did, receiving, consequently, reprimand from the teacher.

In 10th grade, it was chemistry and then biology for the second half of the year. This was now at my grades 10-12 high school. The class was rumored to be impossibly hard, and the teacher was said to be a very demanding guy. There was, unlike the year previous, basically zero hands on. The chemistry part was very quantitative, I remember stoichiometry was a big part. There was nothing really hard about it; the students were simply too dumb to even perform very mechanical calculations. Kids would say: “it’s a lot of math.” At that time, I didn’t know the difference between math and science, and the other kids knew even less. Math is founded on the axiomatic system pioneered by the Greeks, about proving things in an a priori way, while science is about modeling natural phenomena and testing those models. Math in science is just a tool and not the focus. I recall we started off learning about uncertainties in measurement. There’s really nothing especially hard about that stuff, with a very systematic way of going about it, but the atmosphere and the way it was lectured about made it seem like such a grand thing to us. The second half the year as I said was biology. I wasn’t terribly engaged in that. I didn’t like the memorization involved. I liked math more. I made the AIME that year, taking the AMCs for the first time, and was one of four kids out of almost 2000 in our high school to do so, so that brought me to conclude that maybe I actually had some talent for math and science. I knew that physics was the hardest and brainiest of the sciences, with all that fancy math and Einstein, so I was rather keen to learn that. I checked out some physics books from the library I think, and the first thing I learned about was if I remember correctly centripetal acceleration, which confused me quite a lot at that time.

11th and 12th grade was physics with the same teacher. The class was rather dumbed down; it had to, especially on the math end, problem solving wise, since this is an American high school after all. There was quite a focus on phenomena, as opposed to formalism. I didn’t really like that much. I was more comfortable with formalism, with math being my relative forte at that time. We did some experiments, but I wasn’t good at them at all. I remember on the first day, when looking at some uniformly dense rod vertically situated, it occurred neither to me nor my partner to record its position at its center of mass. I didn’t really understand what I was doing throughout the whole time. The other kids, most of them, were worse. There were some who were confused about the difference between energy and power, the latter of which is the derivative of the former of course, after two years of it! I remember the whole time many kids would go: wow! physics! That kind of perspective, later understood by me, makes it almost impossible for one to really learn it. With just about everything, there is a right way of going about it. Discover it (mentally, with the aid of books, lectures, various resources) and you’ll do great. Be in awe of it, and you’ll never get it. The former is in line with the philosophy that you should focus solely on what is true, objectively, and not imagine anything that doesn’t aid in your convergence to the truth, and reminds me of the quote of Einstein that one should make something as simple as it can be but no simpler. Simplicity is gold in science and just about everything. Ability to recognize the redundant and superfluous and to generalize is the essence of intellectual ability, or to put it in more extreme terms, genius. The culture in American high school is the antithesis of that. Kids are always talking about how hard things, especially math loaded subjects, are, when they’re making it hard for themselves by imagining in their minds what is complete bogus from a scientific point of view. To digress, this holds as well as for subjects like history. Focus only and solely on the what are the facts and the truth they bare out. Don’t let political biases and personal wants and wishes interfere in any way. This is to my remembrance advice intellectual Bertrand Russell gave to posterity nearing his death. American history classes are particular awful at this. American teaching of history is very much founded on ignorance and American exceptionalism and a misportrayal of cultures or political systems it, or more like, its blood sucking elite, regards as evil for the simple reason that they are seen as threatening towards their interests. Math and science under the American public school system was pretty dismal. History (or social studies, as they call it) was perhaps more so, in a way more laughable and contemptible.

I hardly took science in college, being a math and CS major. I did take two quarters of physics and it was awful. Talking with some actual physics PhD students and physics PhDs gave me a more accurate idea of what physics really was, though I was still pretty clueless. It was evident to me at that time that physics, and probably also chemistry, was far more demanding in terms of cognitive ability as many of the CS majors, who could write code not badly, struggled with even very simple physics. Being in college, I had a closer look at the world of real science, of scientists, in America, which is very foreign. It dawned on me that science, as exciting as it sounds, is in America done mostly by underpaid ubermensch immigrant men, who are of a completely different breed both intellectually and culturally from most of the people I had encountered at that time. Yes, by then I had found my way to this essay by Greenspun. I’ll leave its interpretation up to the reader. 😉

You can probably guess that I think American science education is a complete joke, which is the truth. I felt like I only began to really learn things once I got out of the American school system, although for sure, the transition between high school and college in terms of content and depth and rapidity of learning was quite substantial. However, the transition from undergrad to out into the bigger world, where I could consider myself psychologically as more in the ranks of everyone, regardless of age or national origin, than in the ranks of clueless American undergrads at a mediocre program, was probably just as substantial in the same respect, albeit in a very different way.

Now let’s context switch to some actual science (that’s not pure math or artificial in any way).

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A capacitor is made by taking some negative charge off a positive plate and transferring it to the negative plate. This obviously requires work. If the final voltage is \Delta V, then the average during the charging process is half of that. With the change in potential energy \Delta U_E as change times voltage (remember, voltage is potential energy per unit charge), we can write \Delta U_E = \frac{1}{2}Q\Delta V.

How to maintain charge separation? Insert an insulator (or dielectric) between the plates. Curiously, a dielectric always increases the capacitance (Q / \Delta V) of a capacitor. Its existence, via the charge on the plates, makes for a electrically polarized medium, which induces an electric field in the reverse direction that is in addition to the one induced by the capacitors alone. As you see, the negative charges in the dielectric lean towards the positive plate and same holds if you permute negative and positive. So if the plates, by themselves give rise to \mathbf{E}, the addition of the dielectric gives rise to some \mathbf{E_i} in the opposite direction. Call \kappa the coefficient of the reduction in the magnitude of the electric field with

E_{\mathrm{with\;dielectric}} = E_{\mathrm{without\;dielectric}} - E_i = \frac{E} {\kappa}.

We put that coefficient in the denominator so that

C_{\mathrm{with\;dielectric}} = \kappa C_{\mathrm{without\;dielectric}}.

To be more explicit, so that \kappa is proportional capacitance wise, which is reasonable since capacitance is what is more central to the current context. This kappa value is called dielectric constant, varying from material to material, under the constraint that it is always greater than 1.

Now one might ask if the capacitor is charging when the dielectric is inserted. If it isn’t, the voltage across will experience a sudden decrease, with the charge stored constant, and if it is, voltage will experience the same, but the charge on the plates will keep going up, as the voltage will too at a rate proportional to that of the increase of the charge, with the constant of proportionality the increased C. Needless to say, on taking derivative, a linear relation is preserved with the same coefficient of linearity.

The presence of a dielectric presents a potential problem, namely that if the voltage is too high, the electrons in the dielectric material can be ripped out of their atoms and propelled towards the positive plate. Obviously, this discharges the capacitor, as negative and positive meet to neutralize. It is said that this typically burns a hole through the dielectric. This phenomenon is called dielectric breakdown.