Digital transference: Energy and Entropy

Here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to write this post quickly and then go to the supermarket. What I will tell are the thoughts that emerged today on my way to the Boston Lacan Study Group (BSLG) meeting on Lacan’s 8th seminar book: Transference, class 12. There was no reason to bring these thoughts up during the meeting, for even without a big Other, we had other things to discuss, which is good.


Let me introduce you to my phone which is not really a phone because it is without a SIM card (without a micro-SIM card to be exact, since I have a SIM card that inhabits my other phone that is really a phone), but this is not the issue now. Continue reading “Digital transference: Energy and Entropy”

Counting Qualia — Işık Barış Fidaner

counting-qualia-kapakLast version: 7 September 2016

(67 pages — PDFLaTeX)


— Why N-1 in standard deviation?

— Conditional Counting of Qualia

— Qualia is uncertainty, uncertainty is conditional counting

— objet petit a = “less than zero” = “less than the empty set”

— Virtuality is what is left behind by conditional subtraction

— encapsulation is relativity

— relativity?

— I am white

— Postmodern Alienation Model

— Bibliography


Seven #art projects for those interested

1) The Uses of Sigmund Freud’s Traumdeutung: A Photographic Guide (Web design + Brochure)

Shall we do some dream-work concerning the importance of books? For instance Sigmund Freud’s masterpiece The Interpretation of Dreams is nowadays extremely underrated, no? I at least would very much appreciate if some people with experience in photography would document the proper uses of this book.


Contexualizing such a unique intellectual product of humanhind would certainly be more helpful in comparison to certain other well-known objects of desire who are continually re-contexualized by the established contemporary artistry and moreover whose actual or at least potential purposes insistently and not wholely but almost completely remain uncertain.

There should also be retro and futuristic photos to show that Traumdeutung can fit into every historical setting.



2) A Reichian Orgone Accumulator with a copy of Slavoj Zizek’s Absolute Recoil (Physical installation + Video)


And a small lamp too.

Units like this may be installed as part of an exhibition.



3) A Lacanian water pump (Product design + Blueprints)


It may have input-output like a standard pump, or it may have a single surface topology like a Klein bottle.

See also: Pumps from dump



4) TINA (Sketch + Animation)

TINA will be a character, a feminine organism.

She can be womanlike or catlike, cyborglike or squirrellike. She may also be a transgender.

She will stand for “There Is No Alternative.”

TINA will be an austere creature fighting global youth.

“The reformation of the radical and anticapitalist left forces, as a necessary condition to broaden and update our plan for the socialism of the twenty-first century, is one of our key objectives in the future. Our main concern remains the participation of large groups of the Greek and European youth in such a perspective, as well as the existence and the enforcement of strong political frontal movements against the ΤΙΝΑ of rough austerity.” Why They Broke With Syriza



5) The Big Data Cake (Physical installation + Photography)

It’s just a big colorful cake.

It’s like a wedding cake. But just for geeks.

Nothing is being wed to nothing else.

So it should have a chindōgu mechanism to automatically cut itself up.

See also: Physics prepares to feast on collider data, seeking dark universe



6) Always-Already Insurance Company provides Lacanian “Quotes” for any of your insurance needs. (Website + Brochure)

Hear Hear Insurance Company can be its competitor.



7) “Proudly Fascist” hats and “Long Live Fascism” flags for civilians.

And “I love Fascism” badges for their officers.

Like these guys:

They attacked the families of the victims of a terrorist attack in their funeral.

Then the police took the families into custody.

Family resemblances prosecuted by flag carrying hat wearers and their fellow unifs.




Why N-1 in standard deviation?

Why do you compute the standard deviation  of a sample set by dividing a summation by , instead of dividing it by , as you would do in computing the mean of this very same sample set?

“Corrected sample standard deviation” (Wikipedia)

Here is why:

Because the computation of involves an inherent comparison of this sample set of elements

with a nonexisting but presupposed sample set of a single element:

i.e. with a set that only contains the mean point of these samples.

Just like we have to subtract from each of the s in the numerator, we need to subtract the  that is the count of the  from the that is the count of these s in the denominator.

In other words, we begin counting not from an empty set of samples where standard deviation is undefined, but from a set of sample* where standard deviation is zero by definition.

Therefore, a more general equation for standard deviation would be:

Share this post if you are an honest person who finds this answer convincing.

Join the Facebook group “Set Theory and Philosophy

Read about who wrote this: Işık Barış Fidaner

Read the article “Freedom in the free world: The extimate becomes the law

And have a nice day.

*: Lacanian readers will notice the parallel with the Master-Signifier.

†: Any reasonable person should now ask about the squares and the square root.



On this topic:

1) objet petit a = “less than zero” = “less than the empty set”

2) Qualia is uncertainty, uncertainty is conditional counting

3) Virtuality is what is left behind by conditional subtraction

4) encapsulation is relativity

5) relativity?

6) Conditional Counting of Qualia

7) Why N-1 in standard deviation?


My previous bio

I’m posting this because it’s obsolete I will write a new one.


I am a researcher from Istanbul, currently working on my PhD thesis with Taylan Cemgil in Boğaziçi University.

I was born in Ankara, 1983. I am programming since 1992 and playing games since time immemorial. My first computer was an Amiga 500. Through my education, I went on to code interesting programs in my spare time; small experiments to see what we can do and show by software: Physical simulations, mathematical tools, textual toys, small games with AI, etc.

In university, I studied Computer Engineering and undertook projects in diverse fields such as computer graphics, artificial intelligence, image processing and machine learning. My MS thesis was on object tracking in digital video. Currently, I am studying Bayesian models and implementing probabilistic inference methods for my thesis.

We also have a band, and published an album: Sakareller – Beş Dakika Daha


Contact me:

Işık Barış Fidaner


Other places:

Our music band

Digital Game Culture project
This had started as a TUBITAK project, and I began contributing in the way. As yet, it yielded some publications, including a book about the digital game industry in Turkey. We also keep a blog (in Turkish) of important events related to digital games in Turkey.





(At The Curved Spacature)

Alex Sascha:

Wrote this up yesterday…

The universe comes to us predefined. Therefore, it is foolish for philosophers and intellectuals to talk so much about creating definitions. Definitions are discovered, not created.

This opens up the question of how language functions. The key term here is ‘manifestation’. Definitions are ineffable until language which can reflect then are manifested. Language emerges (is manifest) via entropic forces. Language as such is therefore an imaginative process where one plays around with symbols until an appropriate one which accurately reflects reality is found.

The last issue I would like to address is consensus. Some might wonder, after reading this, how it can be that we painted the picture so extremely inaccurately for such a long time. The answer is that we are not born with fully developed linguistic abilities. Linguistic creatures must learn what given symbols can mean, as well as what others think they ought to mean. This happens pretty much automatically – studies show that infants automatically pick up linguistic patterns that they observe, though of course instruction can provide some catalytic assistance.

Işık Barış Fidaner:

I agree. Plus:
Manifestation of what?
Manifestation of intent.
Manifestation of whose intent?
Ours or theirs?
(I have no answer)
“We have an answer.”
“It is the manifestation of their intent.”
“It is our answer.”
What is the manifestation of their intent?
“It is our answer.”
Your answer is the manifestation of their intent?
“We answer that it is the manifestation of their intent.”
(I don’t understand)

~~~ Das Ich und Das Es und Die Wir und Die Sie ~~~