The above means “Festooning through Lent: Going to China is [illegible].”
Yes, interpretation is a swanky affair. It is an integral part of daily life, although I am not sweating over it, except when snagged. When I was learning English, which happened in Japan while I was teaching it, Benazir Bhutto came to town and gave a speech. She used the word “challenge” twice in every sentence, and I didn’t know what she meant, although I checked my English-Bulgarian dictionary about 1500 times during the speech and after. For a very long time, I thought “challenge” was a kind of exotic snail – don’t ask me why.
Figuring out puzzles is fun, but I have to have at least some idea where I am going – which is not exactly the case with the Wikepidia excerpt below:
The primary intuition behind the ART model is that object identification and recognition generally occur as a result of the interaction of ‘top-down’ observer expectations with ‘bottom-up’ sensory information. The model postulates that ‘top-down’ expectations take the form of a memory template or prototype that is then compared with the actual features of an object as detected by the senses. This comparison gives rise to a measure of category belongingness. As long as this difference between sensation and expectation does not exceed a set threshold called the ‘vigilance parameter’, the sensed object will be considered a member of the expected class.
ART stands for Adaptive Resonance Theory, which is of great interest to me and which, from what I understand, deals with the convoluted ways we process and retain (or fail to retain) new information. I wanted to use this theory in a post on memory (another of my great interests), but the process of sorting it out drags on and on. The reason I wanted it is that ART seems to address learning hiccups. If any of you bleaders know something about ART, please explain it slowly and patiently, without the use of foreign tongues, preferably in the following format:
“As mammals, all tigers are animals.”
Actually, don’t use that format. Go even slower: all tigers are mammals, and since all mammals are animals, tigers must be animals too. Syllogisms are a great source of clarity and understanding.
Speaking of syllogisms, I haven’t seen anyone use them in their full form in everyday speech, except as jokes. Isn’t that amazing? Here is one common type:
*Some people (whose names shall remain unmentioned) relish equivocations and expect me to laugh in appreciation every time they come up with one.
Now on to 24. I am a devoted fan, and tonight is The Grand Finale…