Tom Veatch

Flames of inspiration often leave smoke signals behind.
From mine, these.

Alphabetical Order

Sweet Accounting

Accounting has a language incomprehensible to outsiders. What are Dr and Cr? If you can't say what they are and where they go, you are under the accountant's thumb. Accountants also fail to teach the simple underlying rationale for it all. Job security, perhaps, or maybe they don't understand it themselves. Here I explain the whole thing from first principles and understandably. Please read and share.

Active Listening

How to encourage another person: A step by step breakdown.

Expectable Declines

What you might expect as you get older

Foundations of Future AI

Towards a New Cognitive Science

A Theory of Anger

in which the existence of Anger is questioned, and the current standard of care for angry people is critiqued and improved upon. This one is important.

Psychology of Teen Smoking

and how to prevent it

A Case of Insufficient Communication

Are talkers responsible to achieve uptake by listeners? Is it just mean to not explain when someone says What? Or is there a good reason, sometimes?

Barnyard Mommy

An ode to motherhood. Cute, funny, short.

The Ugliness of Beauty

Beauty can also be ugly, an ugly business

The Chemistry Teacher's Son

A placeholder for autobiographical content. Nothing finished here.

Tom's Blog

A blog is a terrible idea, but I have one anyway. Lots of fun short topics here.

Bliss Theory and Thereabouts

How psychology must be that bliss is possible. Read about it here.

Bullets for Dictators

An argument for activism in fighting dictators

Easy Taxes vs the Capital Gains Tax Loophole

Against the wrong and stupid tax cut that you get for not working. Every taxpaying voter should know about this, and get rid of it.

Cartoons of the Prophet (PBUH)

Theory of Humor applied to the Mohammad Cartoons

Tom goes to China

A trip report from 2002: pingpong school, deep friend turtle, much fun.

Contact information for Tom Veatch

My door is open. Here are the doors.

Darshan Notes

Notes to self from after darshan.

A Table of Dictators

A partial listing of murderous dictatorships that the US has (that you and I have) paid for over the years

Tom's Diet and Supplements

Feel free to ignore my example, or to be stimulated to learn from it. But do read and share my 'Message to Black, Brown, and "White" People'. Also the important idea of the Optimum Healthy Allowances for nutrients, not just the RDA which is a limited if not bankrupt idea.

Directions To Tom's House

When I lived in North Seattle at 1210 Haus

Explaining the Mystery of Election Parity

An essay after the Bush/Gore fiasco in 2000, describing a dystopian vision of a static American polity bound to serve corporate interests in a 2 party duopoly, without seeminly little hope of change.

Comparing this perspective, so crystalline, with the remarkable Trump disruption, makes for a curious read. Premonitions here include (1) that it DID require a wealthy candidate to spurn corporate funding and change things around, (2) that a new 3rd party that I then called 'Spin' DID emerge, and (3) that the forces behind the 2 party system DID arise to crush things back into duopoly again.

(Unforeseen comes realignment of the right from Buckley or Reagan conservatism to reality-show populism, powered by internet rage-o-holism, structured by information-siloing and personality-siloing, bound into a cognitive space of parallel, alternative-facts universes of convenience, and poisoned by a rhetoric of trollery.)

The Logic of Irrational Emotion

... a model of suffering and liberation....

Emotion in general, considered evolutionarily and logically. Mathematical notation for the emotional process. Review of N+V Humor Theory using it.

Veatch asserts that the process of identifying yourself with an emotionally significant circumstance or role has a binding function whereby the emotional system is bound or required to implement the specific emotion that the system associates with that circumstance or role. That is, identification binds emotion.

From this, much follows. Bound, a person harmonizes with others in shared understanding, moral assessment, and feeling, around a shared activity. Bound, a person is not free to experience the moment, the now, the timeless flow, but is instead aware of their status and moral self-assessment. Unbound, wherein identification does not occur, emotional flow states, high performance, spiritual goodness, etc., occur with attention paid to the evolving situation rather than to thinking about how it reflects upon you and tells a story about you. Unbound, the person has access to the unconditioned or irrational emotions of bliss, serenity, transcendence, etc. Veatch's Razor, distinguishing these, is given.

Gesture Learning

How to learn effective physical movement.
A research program for reinforcement learning by embodied systems, like people.

A Square Brown Linoleum Tile

A meditation on the transcendent secret of resolute service.

(Universal) Gravity is BS

An argument for Local, Quantum Gravity. Based on the winding problem in which galaxies remain spiralled or barred rather than a smoothly-blended coffee cup of stars, even after supposedly 20 rotations, I propose that gravitational attraction doesn't actually reach out forever, but only to a limited distance from each point of origin. Not only does this explain the mysterious maintenance of spiral galaxy arm coherence but it also explains the interaction of spiral arms with the galactic bar shape, and explains the process of formation of barred galaxies, and it predicts and explains systematic color variation within spiral galaxy arms (which are like tornadoes, spiralling around their centerlines, and detached gravitationally from the galactic center, according to this theory). Current alternative proposals in terms of dark matter and standing waves are demolished. Perhaps the merged projection of such local gravity quanta creates and constitutes space itself, thereby creating the expansion at and after the Big Bang.

Gun Lessons

Mass murders in our gun-crazy society might suggest we think about it a little, instead of not.

On Hierarchy and Value

Hierarchy and its emotional opposite, Oneness, are explored. How Jordan Peterson agrees with Karl Marx. Why hierarchy is the compassionate, inclusive solution. The geometry of hierarchy. How dominance hierarchy transmutes into admiration hierarchy, creating communities of shared values. All this is prelude to an analysis of emotion within social hierarchy.

Negative Dimensionality

Hilbert's axiomatization of geometry, full of redundancy, led me to a generalization which makes geometric dimensionality a characteristic that can be counted up (as in point to line to plane to space, etc.) and down (space to plane to line to point: etc.) Geometries, by intersecting, create lower-dimension geometries; for example two intersecting 2D planes create a 1D line. Geometries, by projecting, create higher-dimension geometries; for example, two 0D points project a 1D line.

But if there is no upper limit, perhaps there is also no lower limit. The idea that a geometry might have negative dimensionality seems absurd, considered within the assumptions of spatial thinking, yet it derives from the same less-redundant axiom set as the geometries we understand. Suggestions for intuition and use of this idea are also given.

House Color Scheme Tester

Something I made to see what color combinations look good together. Act like you know, click the buttons, it'll help you explore your own aesthetic sense.

On Human Evolution

Tautology -> Evolution -> Language
Also, methodology, whereby evolutionary changes may be ordered.
Also, a conceptual archeology, from language back to the Big Bang, and beyond.
Also, notes on the evolution of language.

On Humility

Just a page.

Bliss Theory (Version 1.0)

First, unpublished, draft of Bliss Theory, written in 2012. Breathtaking. This contains a lot I still haven't taken further in writing, some of the most important parts, so it's up front for now.


Introduction to and its author: motivation, scope, style, audience, history.

Tom's Inventions

15 inventions you might like.


What are inventors, what are they like to be around, why you wouldn't want to.


A draft outline organization for essays. You can delete it if you don't use it.

On the Origin of Life

Where I speculate on how a single lucky event keyed the the origin of life. Not two.

Tom's Links

I use this page as my home page and navigate from here to most places I want to go.

(Im)Possible Worlds

Where I rant and rave against "possible worlds" being used where "concieveable worlds" is intended. But "conceiveable" does not mean (actually) "possible"! So wake up, logicians!

Meaningfulness Itself

Where the sense of meaningfulness is understood as transactional transcendence, using bliss theory.

On Misunderstandings

Misunderstandings bedevil every relationship. But there is a constructive way to handle them.

Value in our 21st Century

Tom explores fundamentals around money.

Price discovery; Market Equilibrium a false idea; Money being the metric of Value, what is the value of money?; Financial forces: Hydraulic Flow versus Smarts; Can we even bet?; The Turkey, The Butcher, and the Antifragile Investor; The Making of Money; Tech Deflation; Two Arms of Value; Real Value; Epilogue.

Non Violent Communication

A summary of Marshall Rosenberg's Non-Violent Communication system for effective diplomacy. How to express yourself in any situation. How to say what you want without making enemies. How to have a desired influence.

If you are in a relationship, learn this. That means you.

On Suffering

How we torture ourselves, and how we don't have to.

The Oxytocin Vortex

Implications of hormone science for romantic relationships.

Everyone likes oxytocin. But it can mess you up, so know what you're dealing with and be responsible.

Peace of Mind

Something came to me and seemed to resolve my anxiety.


On the growth -- and decline -- of species like pine trees, or humans.

An essay toward a parametric model of species success and failure. A clear thought experiment showing how it proceeds, what factors influence it, and how to aim for a soft landing as resource limitations start to squeeze. Relevant to us? I think so.

Postural Anesthesia

My posture trick, which is anesthetic against post-surgical pain. Learn it, try it. An old man once told me, I'm going to use that on my death bed.

Pratyabhijna Hrdayam

The Heart of recognition.

18 verses explaining what you have forgotten, what you are, and how to remember.


The many things referred to by 'Self', with commentary. Concluding with emotionally disinhibitory goodness.

Small Engine Repair

Note to self on how to repair my lawnmower and string trimmer.

Staking Government

How to snake out the blocked pipes of government.

Temperament, Conflict, and Love

... because everyone has them ...

A Myers-Briggs/Jung influenced view of character and temperament and its lessons for us about people we could hate, people we do love, and our own selves. With a critique of the Big 5 temperament model.

Please read the part about how to select a romantic partner.

Trolling: The logic and evolution of a new speech act

An analysis using five imputed participants, true speaker (the troll), acting speaker, true audience, straight audience, and shocked/reactive (trolled) audience, elaborating the intentions and moral views of each, and the social consequences. If you don't know who the turkey is, it's you.

Six Saudis Visit America

... and the mess they left behind ...

The Seattle Viaduct: Fill it, don't Kill it.

An old polemic in a long lost political fight.

Some Water Waves

...A partial typology of water waves...

Water waves come in a small set of types, listed here. Discover the anti-causal wave, the Soliton, the horizontal sheet flow, and other curiosities. Then, try to explain them.

The Worry Goddess

Taking something to an extreme, might be soothing.

How to type Zoë

Because dieresis is standard, but non-standard

On turning 42

A long diary entry, on my 42nd birthday

(Coming to) My Senses

A poem from a breakup. The way past is through; I'm over it now.

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