What are the main things one ought to focus attention upon? What is most important in life, the first priority? Which is the first commandment to follow, the pole star, the guiding signal compared to which all else is noise, the issue to eclipse all issues? Jesus says, “This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew […]

Over 400 years of sunspot numbers show how sunspots usually oscillate over a period of about eleven years. There are other times when sunspot numbers stay relatively low, or high, for decades. For five decades through the twentieth century solar activity rose steadily to rare heights. Now, in a new millennium, we encounter a weaker […]

The (mis)Behavior of Markets

by wanliss on December 8, 2017

in From Books

“An interest in the history of ideas is good for the scientist’s soul.” – Benoit Mandelbrot

My first paper using multifractal mathematical techniques.

Here is a sample paper showing some of my work in analyzing heavy-tailed distributions, with iterated function systems, and a chaos game representation. In mathematics, the term chaos game originally referred to a method of creating a fractal, using a polygon and an initial point selected at random inside it. I have published several papers […]

Africa needs Power

by wanliss on October 19, 2017

in Environmental

There is a strong connection between space weather and fluctuations in technological systems. Some studies also suggest a statistical connection between space weather and subsequent fluctuations in the physiology of living creatures. This connection, however, has remained controversial and difficult to demonstrate. Here we present support for a response of human physiology to forcing from […]

We explore bursty multiscale energy dissipation from earthquakes flanked by latitudes 29° S and 35.5° S, and longitudes 69.501° W and 73.944° W (in the Chilean central zone). Our work compares the predictions of a theory of nonequilibrium phase transitions with nonstandard statistical signatures of earthquake complex scaling behaviors. For temporal scales less than 84 hours, time development of […]

Before a feast one takes care to prepare. This may entail discovering the appropriate dress, the menu, the venue, the time, and so on. One may spend time looking through the guest list and thinking on conversation. How much more might one prepare for the Lord’s Supper, a sacrament instituted by the Lord for his […]

  The Obama EPA’s infamous “Endangerment Finding” declared that carbon dioxide and methane from hydrocarbons cause global warming and climate change that pose imminent dangers to the health and wellbeing of every American. In this insightful article, Dennis Avery explains why this finding is based on bad science and should not be the basis for […]