By John B. Hall
The first biography of a mercurial personality from the Elizabethan underworld – a seducer, undercover agent and murderer
Claiming to be inheritor to the emperors of Byzantium, an unique yet elusive determine named Theodore Paleologus surfaced in mysterious conditions within the Elizabethan underworld. this primary biography of a rare personality offers new documentary facts which helps his imperial pretensions—long brushed aside by means of historians—but additionally exposes him as a seducer, a secret agent, and, so much intriguingly of all, a ruthless murderer within the pay of the depraved Earl of Lincoln.
In this amazing account, award-winning writer John corridor plots the true lives of Theodore Paleologus and his 3 sons—from agreement killings to battling within the Civil conflict and pioneering days within the Caribbean slave trade—and units their tale opposed to parallel careers at the wilder seashores of literature, starting from dainty Regency verses to Magic Realism, besides crime thrillers, incredible stories of reincarnation, the bloodline of Christ, and a declare to the throne of britain.
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This is the place to mention what I think of as a cybernetic discovery of complexity. At an “atomic” level, Walter and Ashby understood their machines very well. The individual components were simple and well-understood circuit elements—resistors, capacitors, valves, relays, some wires to make the connections. But the discovery O NTO LO GICAL THEATER :: 29 of complexity was that such knowledge is not enough when it comes to understanding aggregate behavior; that explanation by articulation of parts is not as straightforward as one might imagine; that especially—and in contrast to paradigmatic instances of modern science—prediction of overall performance on the basis of an atomic understanding can be difficult to the point of impossibility.
The Tortoise and the Brain How might one study the brain? At different stages of his career, Walter pursued three lines of attack. One was a classically reductionist approach, looking at the brain’s individual components. Working within a well-established research tradition, in his postgraduate research at Cambridge he explored the electrical properties of individual neurons which together make up the brain. One can indeed make progress this way. It turns out, for example, that neurons have a digital character, firing electrical signals in spikes rather than continuously; they have a certain unresponsive “dead time” after firing; they have a threshold below which they do not respond to incoming spikes; they combine inputs in various ways.
I began with Black Boxes and the differing stances toward them of modern science and cybernetics: the former seeking to open them up; the latter imagining a world of performances in which they remained closed. This distinction works nicely if we want to think about the work of the second-generation cyberneticians, Beer and Pask, and also Bateson and Laing. Nothing more needs to be said here to introduce them. But it works less well for the first generation, Walter and Ashby, and this point needs some clarification.
An Elizabethan Assassin: Theodore Paleologus: Seducer, Spy and Killer by John B. Hall