© Fernando Caracena, 2018
The posts contained in this blog are really study guides for using the Internet for launching self-study. Use the posts as points of departure, from which to explore the various themes discussed. The Internet contains access to so much information that it can be daunting to wade out in its deep waters without a guide, even using search engines. Of course, this is for people who have an enquiring mind and really want to know and understand our world. Raw information by itself can become so overwhelming that one's mind drowns in it. People can face Information Overload and get analysis paralysis. I have been in research most of my life: as a student, as a scientist, and just as private citizen in the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake. Further, I have been into computers from the time that they were room-sized machines, to which you had to communicate through specialized machine code (see post, My early years as a scientific programmer). Afterwards, when personal computers became available, I bought some of the early versions such as the TI-99/4A, the Apple II+, and IBM PC (see the post on The Age of Fun Computing). I tried various operating systems such as CP/M, DOS, the various Apple ones. At work, I used UNIX, and now I much prefer to use LINUX on my own home computer.
The way that you the read can use these posts is as a guide. Just follow the various hyperlinks (underlined parts) that may attract your curiosity and wish to follow up. Return to the post if you like, using the back arrow on your browser. See if that works for you and let me know if you have any suggestions for improving this approach.
My philosophy in writing these posts is to eliminate as much redundancy as possible. (See The Compact Structure of these Posts.) If someone has already written something clear on the part of the subject under discussion, why not hyperlink the discussion to that document to flesh out the complete thought? This is not plagiarism, because it gives authors full credit, and in effect is consistent with the spirit of those who designed the internet for full sharing of ideas. For example, read Jaron Lanier's book, Who Owns the Future. This activity is an expression of true scholarship. The result is that this activity fosters the growth of strong minded people who think for themselves--a new human type that will inherit the future and take us to the stars!