Inquiry Based Project

Area Of Inquiry

My area of inquiry resides in the immense field of research behind finding another Higgs Boson, and the discovery of the Boson itself. Truly, an area of science so grandiose requires a  large, almost unmatched base of research for support. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, designed the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), “the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, to research a variety of controversial questions, such as discovering the origins of mass. Discovering the Higgs Boson not only leads the science community to the origins of mass, but also to the completion of the Standard Model, an equation relating an object’s basic particles and governing forces. Quarks, gravitons, and muons: if they don’t sound familiar, that’s okay! My inquiry based project (IBP) revolves around the importance of the Boson relative to the Standard Model, Large Hadron Collider, and the science world, hopefully leaving my reader with an elementary understanding of the Standard Model, Higgs Boson, LHC, and CERN.

Direction (Vector) Of Inquiry

As my introduction tended to be a little vague in describing my real area of intended study, I will clarify and direct my inquiry based project. I will study the impact of the Higgs Boson on the Science community pertaining to the Standard Model. Seems a touch repetitive, but I would sincerely enjoy hearing opinions on this matter.

Your Project In The Concept Space Of The Web

For my project in the Concept Space of the web, I would try and incorporate external articles from CERN, and I would be more than willing to mention multiple classmates’ IBPs if they were to relate to my IBP. Since the material will be very science-oriented, I will insert images and graphs to help explain my IBP. If anyone reading this post has suggestions/ideas/comments, please post them! I can only develop this IBP to be so great on my own, and I believe advice will help me bring this IBP to the next level.

Comments and Links on Conceptual Networks – Almahmouda

I found the Conceptual Network Concept Experience to be a little difficult, but interesting! Truly, the Conceptual Network Concept Experience helped me to get closer to my inquiry-based project; an opportunity to reflect on my previous Thoughtvectors allowed me to analyze how my perspective has changed over time. The deep analysis birthed an even greater realization about myself; the Thoughtvectors of other people can significantly influence my Thoughtvectors and perspectives greatly.

In their opening statement, Melikazand stated,

“Our minds are constantly racing, connecting concepts from various information sources.”

As I am writing this post, my mind is searching for a relevant idea to contribute to the statement above, yet I am only aware of the action when I focus on the action. I find this paradoxical nature of the mind to be captivating and fascinating; I can spend hours upon hours creating a web of ideas that connect to other ideas, and I will have a hard time finishing! Truly, the relevance of a concept can be linked to another concept in some way, if not multiple ways.

Agreeing with my point above, Crookech stated,

“… two ideas merge, picture two images being layered over one another, select aspects of each one showing through.”

Truly, Tara222’s statement,

“When I read my notes aloud, forming bullets into full comprehensive sentences and filling in information; I feel confident as the  flow of information returns to my attention,”

captures the essence of my point; as an individual walks down the paths of ideas in his or her mind, they will be prompted with a left and right turn. Eventually, the individual can return to his original idea if he or she follows a certain path of ideas! Should I start thinking about ice, I can proceed to think about polar bears. From polar bears, I can think about environmental regulation and lobbyists for environmental regulation. From environmental regulation lobbyists, I can think about what they might drink. As they are human, they must drink water, which leads me back to my original idea of ice. Yet, I could have thought of something else when I was on the topic of water, prompting a new path to appear before me.

Some, such as Flyzilla1, believe,

“If we cannot move from this unnatural style of organization we might never achieve the ideas he  talks about, and reach the potential of humanity as far as the mind goes.”

True, the human mind is a complex structure, and the individual can get lost within his thoughts. As a result, humanity is not operating at the most efficient state; humanity has not yet unlocked its full potential. whether or not we embrace the ideas, “this unnatural style of organization” creates so many; the Thoughtvectors that can emerge from following a conceptual network are limitless.

In her post, Berniers states,

“I’m not sure that there is a simpler or even more direct path to get to these kinds of conclusions.”

As stated before, while there may not be a “simpler or even more direct path to get to these conclusions,” the human mind does a remarkable job at stumbling on newer ideas that can open a new portal to other relevant ideas. Perhaps man-computer symbiosis or augmenting human intellect is required for a more direct and efficient path!

I leave my reader with this:Where does the line that encourages innovation – social, technological, or idealogical – exist? Does it exist closer towards a domain with man-computer symbiosis or does it exist closer towards augmenting human intellect? Under which circumstances will an individual isolate himself or herself from these mechanisms of thinking?

“Augmenting Human Intellect” Concept Experience – Almahmouda

Before entering the class, I felt a little skeptic about the idea of Thoughtvectors, as they seemed a like a tacky name attached to an elementary idea. Concept experiences are fun, too, as they have encouraged me to become vulnerable when it comes to my personal life, which I think is a valuable asset to successfully launching a Thoughtvector into Concept Space. I feel that the discussion of an interesting issue, such as the man-computer symbiosis, truly stimulates the launch of Thoughtvectors into Concept Space. The influence of Thoughtvectors on each other does not necessarily generate a homogenous pool of opinions; I have referenced to other blogs that I do not agree with!

When data of any sort are placed in storage, they are filed alphabetically or numerically, and information is found (when it is) by tracing it down from subclass to subclass. It can be in only one place, unless duplicates are used; one has to have rules as to which path will locate it, and the rules are cumbersome. – Vannevar Bush

Vannevar bush talks about the cumbersome rules of data storage, yet Reddit has incorporated simplicity into the fibers of its website; content is a click away, and returning to the page is a click back. Reddit’s rules, or outline, characterize its prestige; the website attracts people form all walks of life, and it helps keep the “specialized” from developing a narrow perspective. As I’ve scoured the internet for information, I have noticed, that over time, the ease of access of the internet has increased dramatically. I cannot wait to see how we increase the potential of the computer and how close we can get to the brink of a truly symbiotic relationship.

“The approach of Man-Computer Symbiosis seem to me to be that society today moves to fast for us to realize how quickly we are falling into a technology dependent era.”Crookech

The progress we have made is reflective of growing international specialization, and very few humans, let alone scientists, could have foreseen such an exponential growth in development. Information is the plethora of butterfly, attempting to escape the confines of the web of the internet. Truly, there is so much room for humanity to improve, especially in areas of human intellect! Our contributions to medicine, technology, mathematics, and the humanities will increase tenfold.

“The association between human and computer is so strong that human has to use computer to do every single thing” – Khoorivcu

Computing machines can do readily, well, and rapidly many things that are difficult or impossible for man, and men can do readily and well, though not rapidly, many things that are difficult or impossible for computers. That suggests that a symbiotic cooperation, if successful in integrating the positive characteristics of men and computers, would be of great value. – J. C. R. Licklider

“Technology does have its negative sides however it does have its positive sides as well.” – Nirali

I find the dichotomous natures of man and computer to be very interesting. Furthermore, a dilemma, that arises with the increasing  dependance on technology, terrorizes my mind; if we are to grow increasingly dependent  on technology, we limit ourselves to other symbiotic relationships.

“The individual does not use this information and this processing to grapple directly with the sort of complex situation in which we seek to give him help. He uses his innate capabilities in a rather more indirect fashion, since the situation is generally too complex to yield directly to his motor actions, and always too complex to yield comprehensions and solutions from direct sensory inspection and use of basic cognitive capabilities.” Douglas C. Engelbart

“The rise of technology has influenced our lives more greatly than we will ever know, and recognizing when our society could completely fall under the reigns of technology will be vital.” – Melikazand

To those who have gotten this far in my ThoughtVector, I will stop evading the reality of the situation; the growing affiliation of technology into our lives, for better or worse, yields a possibility that our relationship with computers can turn us into slaves, mindlessly accomplishing a goal after another. However, this possibility can be small if we manage our relationship correctly. If we balance our relationship with technology, with the idea of living and experiencing life, (who is to say they should be separated; Maybe I’m wrong) we can avoid becoming cyborgs.

 

 

 

Nugget #3 – Almahmouda

The individual does not use this information and this processing to grapple directly with the sort of complex situation in which we seek to give him help. He uses his innate capabilities in a rather more indirect fashion, since the situation is generally too complex to yield directly to his motor actions, and always too complex to yield comprehensions and solutions from direct sensory inspection and use of basic cognitive capabilities. For instance, an aborigine who possesses all of our basic sensory-mental-motor capabilities, but does not possess our background of indirect knowledge and procedure, cannot organize the proper direct actions necessary to drive a car through traffic, request a book from the library, call a committee meeting to discuss a tentative plan, call someone on the telephone, or compose a letter on the typewriter.

Douglas C. Engelbert’s does an exquisite job describing the necessity of augmenting human intellect, yet section II A, to me, truly displays the need for augmenting human intellect. Englebert’s discussion of the human mind, and its lack of certain experiences, is indicative of the need to enhance background of indirect knowledge and procedure. Yet, the experiences that influence our background of indirect knowledge also influences our personality and development. Basic sensory-mental-motor capabilities can also be improved, if the individual analyzes faults within his or her respective capabilities. Truly, there is so much room for humanity to improve, especially in areas of human intellect! Our contributions to medicine, technology, mathematics, and the humanities will increase tenfold.
Critical listening, comprehension, and analysis are key to developing a truly insightful mind. Human intellect, shaped by conscious and unconscious processing, is the key to progression on fields that will, in turn, better critical listening, comprehension, and analysis. Yes, the relationships between human intellect, sensory-mental-motor capabilities, and background of indirect knowledge and procedure are so intricately and delicately related; Engelbert does a magnificent job of discussing possible ways of developing the entity which makes everything up.

Week 2 Reflection

I apologize to my classmates and teacher for the delay; a familial issue arose.
Onto the main point of my reflection!
I feel that the discussion of an interesting issue, such as the man-computer symbiosis, truly stimulates the launch of Thoughtvectors into Concept Space. Furthermore, the linking, commenting, and mentioning of other blogs within or respective posts creates a web of Thoughtvectors, each influencing the other. The influence of Thoughtvectors on each other does not necessarily generate a homogenous pool of opinions; I have referenced to other blogs that I do not agree with! Nevertheless, I am beginning to see more than an outline of a Thoughtvector, I am beginning to see it’s dimensions and purpose.
Truly, the various opinions in Team Revolution excite me! I’ve had my fair share of online English classes, and never before have I seen such a passion for opinion. Everyone in this class carries with them a crafted style, and it is apparent in each person’s Thoughtvector.

I am still a little blurry on my inquiry-based project. Perhaps I will pursue an idea involving the mechanics of the human mind. Maybe I will incorporate Doug Engelbart’s “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework!”

Concept Experience 2 – Almahmoud

My “inquiry based project” was centralized on why nothing, within the dimensions of space, can travel faster than the speed of light.
My original “obvious statement” was:

Nothing can travel through space faster than light.

I began by asking a series of questions, such as

What is space?

According to Dictionary.com, space is

“the unlimited or incalculably great three-dimensional realm or expanse in which all material objects are located and all events occur.”

What is light?

According to Yourdictionary.com,

“The form of electromagnetic radiation that acts upon the retina of the eye, optic nerve, etc., making sight possible: this energy is transmitted in a vacuum at a velocity of 299,792,458 meters per second (c. 186,000 miles per second)”

Why is nothing faster than light?

Three equations: Einstein’s mass-energy equivalence, time dilation, and length contraction equations

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As an object’s velocity approaches the speed of light, it’s mass becomes exponentially larger, requiring an exponential increase in energy required to move it. This increase will continue to occur until the object tries to travel 186,000 miles per second, which prompts an infinite amount of energy to accelerate an infinite amount of mass, as noticeable in the premier equation. The second equation displays the relationship between the length of an object and its velocity; as an object’s velocity approaches the speed of light, according to the second equation, its length will become zero. The third equation displays the relationship between time and velocity, and as the velocity approaches the speed of light, time slows down until it becomes undefined.

I began my research, using the internet as my compass. I used Google as my compass, with other links as routes. As I’ve scoured the internet for information, I have noticed, that over time, the ease of access of the internet has increased dramatically. I remember having to use  dial-up, and waiting for the connection to proceed, and yet, I believed that my internet connection was extremely fast. Now, I believe that my internet is faster than before (I hope so), and due to my previous experiences, I know it can get faster! Whether they are symbiotic, parasitic, or commensalist, our relationships with computers will evolve. I cannot wait to see how we increase the potential of the computer and how close we can get to the brink of a truly symbiotic relationship.

Nugget Post 2 – Almahmoud (NEWER)

“Relative to men, computing machines are very fast and very accurate, but they are constrained to perform only one or a few elementary operations at a time. Men are flexible, capable of “programming themselves contingently” on the basis of newly received information. Computing machines are single-minded, constrained by their ” pre-programming.” Men naturally speak redundant languages organized around unitary objects and coherent actions and employing 20 to 60 elementary symbols. Computers “naturally” speak nonredundant languages, usually with only two elementary symbols and no inherent appreciation either of unitary objects or of coherent actions.”


I find the dichotomous natures of man and computer to be very interesting. In the dimensions of calculations, computers seem to have an advantage, generating solutions to mathematical problems within seconds. Yet, as advanced as these computers may be, they can only perform tasks which we program them to do. Furthermore, although we are able to program a machine capable of solving perplexing questions, we are not able to perform the task faster.

Furthermore, a dilemma, that arises with the increasing  dependance on technology, terrorizes my mind; if we are to grow increasingly dependent  on technology, we limit ourselves to other symbiotic relationships. As Khoorivcu states in his nugget,

“The association between human and computer is so strong that human has to use computer to do every single thing. “

The idea, in and of itself, that our association with technology is so tightly bound that we have to “use to computer do every single thing,” indicates how dependent we are on computers. Truly, Crookech sums up a part of my ThoughtVector:

“The approach of Man-Computer Symbiosis seem to me to be that society today moves to fast for us to realize how quickly we are falling into a technology dependent era.”

Melikazand also helps capture my point in her quote,

The rise of technology has influenced our lives more greatly than we will ever know, and recognizing when our society could completely fall under the reigns of technology will be vital.

There is a danger in not realizing how quickly we are falling into a technology dependent era; many people lose their jobs, confidence, and purpose due to personal problems with technology. However, similar to virtually everything in life, technology, symbiotic relationships with computers, and situations are all subjective. Within the negative, an individual can see the positive. Where someone loses a job to machinery, the same individual can realize that they have a passion for something else. Just as I see a few more negatives in the technological issue, Jawadabdi illustrates how we would be able to load our consciousness into a hologram, (the idea itself can be good and bad!). Nirali successfully, and concisely, shares my perspective in saying,

Technology does have its negative sides however it does have its positive sides as well.

 

Nugget Assignment 2 – Almahmoud

“It seems reasonable to envision, for a time 10 or 15 years hence, a “thinking center” that will incorporate the functions of present-day libraries together with anticipated advances in information storage and retrieval and the symbiotic functions suggested earlier in this paper. The picture readily enlarges itself into a network of such centers, connected to one another by wide-band communication lines and to individual users by leased-wire services. In such a system, the speed of the computers would be balanced, and the cost of the gigantic memories and the sophisticated programs would be divided by the number of users.”

Imagine stepping out of a taxi; briefcase in hand, you check your pocket for your neuromechanical USB. Entering the building, you proceed to find an open computer to enter your credentials, and within a few moments, you begin to synchronize your information requests with the powerful processor of the i-3000 THINKER mega-computer. To your sides, you have individuals performing the same task, and while you believe that your task is the most important, revolutionary event to strike the chords of human history, you realize that it is somewhat insignificant in the long run.

But I do not want to deviate from the reality of J.C.R Licklider’s future. In the aforementioned passage, Licklider describes a symbiotic relationship between man and computer. In his technological prose, I grew entranced by the the promise that the potential of the human brain could be furthered.

Though, I also felt similar to Thoreau as I delved deeper into the article; a quote that adequately expresses my perspective came from Thoreau himself!

“We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us.”

A problem which could arise with the affiliation between supercomputers and the human brain could be the lack of living.  Some children, teenagers, and adults who are engrossed in their devices often grow enamored with the promises of technology, yet they fail to live in the moment. I have been victim to this idea, too, as I remember countless moments where I am on a train, and I watch videos about amazing social experiments, and posts from HONY, and yet I fail to say hi to the person next to me, who is also engrossed on their phone.

To those who have gotten this far in my ThoughtVector, I will stop evading the reality of the situation; the growing affiliation of technology into our lives, for better or worse, yields a possibility that our relationship with computers can turn us into slaves, mindlessly accomplishing a goal after another. However, this possibility can be small if we manage our relationship correctly. If we balance our relationship with technology, with the idea of living and experiencing life, (who is to say they should be separated; Maybe I’m wrong) we can avoid becoming cyborgs.

Progress Report – Almahmoud

Before entering the class, I felt a little skeptic about the idea of Thought Vectors, as they seemed a like a tacky name attached to an elementary idea. However, as the week progressed, I have come to learn that the course has defied my expectations, and yet, I am content. The nugget assignments are ideal for the idea of a Thought Vector, as they encourage concise, thoughtful writing. Concept experiences are fun, too, as they have encouraged me to become vulnerable when it comes to my personal life, which I think is a valuable asset to successfully launching a Thought Vector into Concept Space.
As far as my inquiry goes, I have began to consider possible ideas. Digital technology’s influence on modern society seems to have caught my attention, yet I will keep my mind open.

Associative Trails – Almahmoud

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Fortunately, I think my trail of experiences ended abruptly with the website, “Ohio Man Who Cannot Stop Having Sex With Pool Rafts Arrested Again For Having Sex With Pool Raft.” From what I’ve learned about my history, I see that I browse Reddit a lot! Vannevar bush talks about the cumbersome rules of data storage, yet Reddit has incorporated simplicity into the fibers of its website; content is a click away, and returning to the page is a click back. As I discussed in my nugget, I believe that the cumbersome set of rules which govern our cyberspace are subjective; they can be both a blessing and cumbersome! Reddit’s rules, or outline, characterize its prestige; the website attracts people form all walks of life, and it helps keep the “specialized” from developing a narrow perspective.