This site is in no sense under construction.
As you probably know, Captain Mnemo has had a Web page for initiated
people and cephalopods ever since he retired to his submerged existence in
1898. (It even happened from time to time that fishermen got unexplainable
messages in their net, which made them feel that the waters were really
However, since the times are a-changin', and
the Captain no longer has any homepage ashore, the page has recently been
Apple II Nostalgia Section (absent for
the moment but may come back)
A relatively recent image of the Captain on the shore
These are broad – too broad, some say. First, first philosophy – that is, epistemology and metaphysics, especially the nature of mind and self-knowledge, and Moore's theory of knowledge. Then, the problem of intentionality and mental representation. Wittgenstein's theories about this. Then again, the mysteries of the brain – especially memory mechanisms and the nature of time consciousness. Memory disturbances due to brain damage. Other aspects of organic psychiatry. The etiology of schizophrenia. The interface between philosophy and psychiatry. The relations between perception and action, and (a related issue!) the Rorschach test – a wonderful Gestalt psychological experiment revealing many facts about the brain's workings. The emotional significance of music, and also of birdsong. Finally, true-to-life and truly artificial neural networks, including their use in the analysis of medical data, including CT and MR images of the brain.
Maybe you can see a thin red thread running through all this (I can). But then, what about environmental ethics, quality of life after epilepsy surgery, the relation of ethics to economics, and alienation? I think the thread has broken down now (although the red certainly remains...).
Last but not least, Captain Mnemo was of course an ardent defender of The Modern Project long before it was so named.
Conveniently, most of them, and links to the downloadable stuff, can be found here: https://gup.ub.gu.se/publications/list?end_year=2020&person_id=62687&start_year=1970.
• From Captain Mnemos early teachings
about artificial neural networks emerged the HyperCard Perceptron. If you
have HyperCard v. 2.2 or later on your Mac, download Perceptron.sit.hqx.
If you do not have HyperCard v. 2.2 or later, instead download Perceptronapp.sit.hqx,
which is a stand-alone application program. If you rather want to learn
about the Hopfield network, download HyperHopfield.sit.hqx
or HyperHopfieldapp.sit.hqx. All
are binhexed Stuffit archives. If you don't have an old Mac running
Classic, get one.
• From his concern about certain endangered species stems the ProDOS 8 utility, ProDesk (version 4.2). It comes in the form of two binhexed Shrinkit (TXT) archives, PP.4.2.SHK and PPBACK.4.2.SHK. For important unpacking instructions, download and read PP.UNPACK. If you don't have an Apple II, get one.
• Hrmmm, I almost forgot the Apple II GS version of the Perceptron. How shameful of me! Just download the binhexed GSShrinkit archive Perceptron.SHK, unpack it, and run it! (You need HyperCard GS for this. And if you don't have a Zip GS, get one.)
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