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  • I go by Dr. Mark. This was what I was called for years when I taught higher education. I've been playing trumpet for over half a century which means I started playing when most homes had black and white television sets. I've had the opportunity to perform with a wide array of musicians including Woody Herman and his Thundering Herd, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, etc. and continue to perform in the Orlando area. I am the creator of an improvisational methodology called S.P.I.T. (Scales, Patterns, Inversions, Triads). I'm also the inventor of the RingMute dampening ring for trumpet. Anybody who has read my slant on how to play the trumpet knows that I'm an advocate of using the least amount of effort to get a musical task done and the use of one's wind/air is of paramount importance. I'm a Dad (my most important title) and I'm happy to say that my daughter plays trumpet. Academically, I'm a former professor of psychology with an additional academic background in Business and Industrial Relations and my specialty was to teach undergraduate and graduate level statistics and research methodology and undergraduate and graduate level economics.
    The combination of teaching both I'm sure caused brain damage.
    Words of wisdom? Never take Managerial Economics as an elective.
    Why am I here? To possibly help someone who needs help. Unfortunately, most trumpet problems begin and end with the improper use of one's air.
    The things I like include;
    *Making an audience cry at my performances (for the right reasons)
    *Great grades on my daughter's report card
    *When walking my Rottweiler, traffic stops to look at him (especially when they are beautiful women!)
    *People that cause me to question something causing me to think.
    *Learning
    *Playing trumpet, performing on trumpet and teaching trumpet.
    For a pastime, I train our Rottweiler, throw darts, and pester my wife.
    Latest addiction? Arby's Beer Cheese sandwich. I think they put Crack in the bread dough.



  • @Dr-Mark said in Intro from a Global Moderator:

    Academically, I'm a former professor of psychology with an additional academic background in Business and Industrial Relations and my specialty was to teach undergraduate and graduate level statistics and research methodology and undergraduate and graduate level economics..

    What a coinquedink. I too was a professor of medicine and psychology (only medical school faculty member with an appointment at the School of Professional Psychology - teaching somatization and personality disorders) AND taught the statistics course at the medical school! This is why WE understand each other... AND what's the odds of that?



  • @Dr-GO said in Intro from a Global Moderator:

    This is why WE understand each other... AND what's the odds of that?


    I'm fairly sure the odds would be long that two people would have that much in common and actually meet.



  • @Dr-Mark
    Where can we find information about your SPIT methodology?
    Thanks



  • Hi Voltrane,
    Hopefully this helps.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.P.I.T._(music)



  • @Dr-GO said in Intro from a Global Moderator:

    AND taught the statistics


    Without turning this into a discussion about statistics, I'll still throw this out there in case someone else could use the knowledge and make their thesis or dissertation a whole lot easier.
    When doing a thesis or dissertation, statistics are often involved and as you know, a statistical test is used on a sample. With that said, when doing research, always try to get a population of something. That way the researcher is free from having to do statistics to infer something. They have the entire population.



  • @Dr-Mark said in Intro from a Global Moderator:

    When doing a thesis or dissertation, statistics are often involved and as you know, a statistical test is used on a sample. With that said, when doing research, always try to get a population of something.

    And to illustrate your point, these are the statistical equations I used in my PhD thesis to prove how electrons are transferred down the cytochrome chain of enzymes in our mitochondria, to capture the energy from oxygen into biochemical utilized energy for metabolism:

    If electrons travel through the outer hydration sphere of the enzyme on the hydrating water surface, the probability of the transfer rate would equal:
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    If electron tunneled directly through the atoms within the cytochrome the probability of the transfer rate would equal:
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    So there you have it: The two possible ways we, as humans, that the oxygen we inhale gets converted to energy... the very same energy we need to play the trumpet... QED.



  • @Dr-GO What I still want to know, scientifically, is . . . How does Scotty beam someone up?



  • And here is a statistical application I taught at our medical school (This example I published in the American Academy of Pediatrics Publication: Pediatrics in Review,) that instructs physicians how to provide the BEST CHANCE of making the right choice of medication to maximize benefit and minimize harm:
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    So from theory to the applied practice of medicine, statistics is essential I would argue.



  • @Kehaulani said in Intro from a Global Moderator:

    @Dr-GO What I still want to know, scientifically, is . . . How does Scotty beam someone up?

    You asked for it, and here is your answer: (I do not take credit for this and the entire description can be found in the reference https://www.wired.com/1995/11/krauss/ from which the summary below was taken)

    If a person were beamed aboard the Enterprise and remained intact and observably unchanged, it would provide dramatic evidence that a human being is no more than the sum of his or her parts, and the demonstration would directly confront a wealth of spiritual beliefs.

    For obvious reasons, this issue is studiously avoided in Star Trek. However, in spite of the purely physical nature of the dematerialization and transport process, the notion that some nebulous "life force" exists beyond the confines of the body is a constant theme in the series. The entire premise of the second and third Star Trek movies, The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock, is that Spock, at least, has a "katra" - a living spirit - which can exist apart from the body. More recently, in the Voyager series episode "Cathexis," the "neural energy" - akin to a life force - of Chakotay is removed and wanders around the ship from person to person in an effort to get back "home."

    You cannot have it both ways. Either the "soul," the "katra," the "life force," or whatever you want to call it is part of the body and we are no more than our material being, or it isn't. In an effort not to offend religious sensibilities, even a Vulcan's, I will remain neutral in this debate. Nevertheless, I thought it worth pointing out before we forge ahead that even the basic premise of the transporter - that the atoms and the bits are all there is - should not be taken lightly.

    The problem with bits

    Many of the problems I will soon discuss could be avoided if one were to give up the requirement of transporting the atoms along with the information. After all, anyone with access to the Internet knows how easy it is to transport a data stream containing, say, the detailed plans for a new car, along with photographs. Moving the actual car around, however, is nowhere near as easy. Nevertheless, two rather formidable problems arise even in transporting the bits. The first is a familiar quandary, faced, for example, by the last people to see Jimmy Hoffa alive: how are we to dispose of the body? If just the information is to be transported, then the atoms at the point of origin must be dispensed with and a new set collected at the reception point. This problem is quite severe. If you want to zap 1028 atoms, you have quite a challenge on your hands. Say, for example, that you simply want to turn all this material into pure energy. How much energy would result? Well, Einstein's formula E = mc2 tells us. If one suddenly transformed 50 kilograms (a light adult) of material into energy, one would release the energy equivalent of somewhere in excess of a thousand 1-megaton hydrogen bombs. It is hard to imagine how to do this in an environmentally friendly fashion.

    There is, of course, another problem with this procedure. If it is possible, then replicating people would be trivial. Indeed, it would be much easier than transporting them, since the destruction of the original subject would then not be necessary. Replication of inanimate objects in this manner is something one can live with, and indeed the crew members aboard starships do seem to live with this. However, replicating living human beings would certainly be cause for trouble (à la Riker in "Second Chances"). Indeed, if recombinant DNA research today has raised a host of ethical issues, the mind boggles at those that would be raised if complete individuals, including memory and personality, could be replicated at will. People would be like computer programs, or drafts of a book kept on disk. If one of them gets damaged or has a bug, you could simply call up a backup version.



  • Good grief. It was a joke.



  • @Kehaulani said in Intro from a Global Moderator:

    Good grief. It was a joke.


    Thank you for keeping it real.



  • In the heart. In the head. I won't stay dead. Next time I'll do the same to you. I'll kill you. And it goes on, the good old game of war, pawn against pawn! Stopping the bad guys. While somewhere, something sits back and laughs and starts it all over again.



  • @N1684T said in Intro from a Global Moderator:

    In the heart. In the head. I won't stay dead. Next time I'll do the same to you. I'll kill you. And it goes on, the good old game of war, pawn against pawn! Stopping the bad guys. While somewhere, something sits back and laughs and starts it all over again.


    Capt. James Tiberius Kirk



  • Sad that i can remember that word for word.......



  • @Dr-Mark

    sorry to interfere with this high level discussion but is there any publication of the SPIT method?
    And by the way are you Markie that posted about this years, years ago in TH?
    Thanks



  • Hi N1684T,
    While somewhere, something sits back and laughs and starts it all over again.

    *In a sentence, war is personified !
    *Nope, not the Markie on TH. I'm not that familiar with TH.
    *Publications of The S.P.I.T Book can be found on Ebay.
    *As for this being a high level discussion, if anything, it has taken on a nasty pedantic flavor that fits well in no one's mouth.



  • *As for this being a high level discussion, if anything, it has taken on a nasty pedantic flavor that fits well in no one's mouth.

    This board does have a lot of showing off posts that seem to be more in line with self aggrandizement than comments of interest to internet friends who are actual strangers.



  • You talkin to ME? It SOUNDS like your talkin to me.....

    Couldn't help myself Niner;)



  • @N1684T Give me a second to figure it out.

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