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Testing Google Neural Machine Translation (Turkish to English)

Google Translate service replaced its phrase based (rule based) algorithms with a sophisticated “machine learning” (artificial intelligence) system. They released the new system on Nov 15, 2016. The theoretical background of their new approach is explained in this academic paper.  Turkish/English translations are … Continue reading

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Sounds of Aya Sophia

Stanford University scientists have digitally created Aya Sophia’s acoustics and played the sounds in Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall as if it was Aya Sophia. You can listen to these sounds in the video in the Smithsonian article. They collaborated with … Continue reading

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Lost in translation (3)

Aşk olmadan Keşf olmaz. Literal translation from Turkish: Keşf is not possible without Love. Keşf  (pronounced “kashf” – “sh” as in “shall” ) can mean any of these the process of discovering the truth the process of acquiring intuitive knowledge … Continue reading

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Lost in translation (2)

Image credit “Haydan gelen Huya gider”  – Turkish proverb. In colloquial Turkish this proverb is used to mean “easy come easy go” but this was not the original meaning. In Turkish the suffix “dan” means “from”  and the suffix “ya” means … Continue reading

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Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco passed away on Friday February 19, 2016 at the age of 84. He has been suffering from cancer. I am deeply saddened. He was a great intellectual. He has been a novelist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher, and semiotician. … Continue reading

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Al-Biruni

image credit I feel so ashamed for not knowing much about al-Biruni – the polymath who lived in the 11’th century. His name was brought to my attention by a newspaper article announcing the establishment of a new private university … Continue reading

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Philology of Yoga and Tantra

Philology of the Sanskrit words “Yoga” and “Tantra” according to P.R. Sarkar (Shrii Shrii Anandamurti) from “Yoga and Tantra” discourse (1979) The word yoga is derived as the Sanskrit root verb yuiṋj plus the suffix ghaiṋ. Or alternatively, the root … Continue reading

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Sanskrit Terms of Spiritual Philosophy (2)

The “page” titled Sanskrit Terms of Spiritual Philosophy contains all installments. Sanskrit Pronunciation Key a = “a” in “mica” á = “a” in “father” c = “ch” in “channel” e = “e” in “cachet” ae = “ai” in “kaiser” i … Continue reading

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Sanskrit Terms of Spiritual Philosophy (1)

The “page” titled Sanskrit Terms of Spiritual Philosophy contains all installments. Sanskrit Pronunciation Key a = “a” in “mica” á = “a” in “father” c = “ch” in “channel” e = “e” in “cachet” ae = “ai” in “kaiser” i … Continue reading

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Electronic Edition of the Works of P.R.Sarkar (Shrii Shrii Anandamurti)

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (May 21, 1921 – October 21, 1990), also known by his spiritual name Shrii Shrii Anandamurti was one of the highest expressions of Universal Teacher in human history. He was the founder of Ananda Marga. He was … Continue reading

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Ideation

English dictionaries define ideation as the process of forming ideas. This word is not very popular in the English language. For reasons that I cannot fathom, the word “ideation” acquired negative connotations in the English language. The Sanskrit word “bhava” … Continue reading

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Metaphysics is a misunderstood word

Image credit I noticed that people have very different notions of metaphysics. Even among the physicists the connotations of metaphysics vary widely. Let’s start with the literal meaning of metaphysics. The word meta usually means an abstraction from another concept … Continue reading

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Happiness in All Languages

Image credit For human beings the most basic instinct is the search for happiness. This innate human characteristic is more fundamental than the instincts for survival and reproduction. My sincere hope is that these words and pictograms below give you … Continue reading

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Ontological Semiosis

In “Course in General Linguistics,” Ferdinand de Saussure proposed a new science. “It is … possible to conceive of a science which studies the role of signs as part of social life. It would be part of social psychology, and … Continue reading

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Online Sanskrit Dictionaries

http://spokensanskrit.de/  (this is the best online Sanskrit dictionary) http://sanskritdocuments.org/dict/dictall.txt  (simple text file but useful…it is not alphabetical) http://sanskritdocuments.org/dict/ (lists many resources) http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/macdonell/

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Random Comments on the Turkish Language

My native language is Turkish. I grew up in northern Turkey. I started learning English in high school but it was already too late. The language processing part of my brain was already formed according to Turkish syntax. In 1981 … Continue reading

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