Saturday, March 30, 2013

Popularity News---Coquette Device and Bio Statements

Someone attempted to submit an article on the Coquette Device on Wikipedia, a device I believe I invented, based on the concept of a windvane, combined with a principle of unbalanced leverage.

If that person reads this blog post, my advice is to write an article like the following for Wikipedia:

1. The article is intended to serve as a stub for a concept of perpetual motion that was not previously reported.

2. Clarify first that the Coquette is a type of perpetual motion device, and should be referenced from that area.

3. Clarify that the Coquette has appeared only recently amongst the world's inventions. There is no known record of the Chinese inventing this concept. The device is inspired by the Drinking Bird novelty toy.

4. The concept is virtually unique amongst devices because of its unique principle. The concept is purported to function by extending height artificially, in a two-stage process, the first of which involves downwards slope onto a lever, and the second of which involves a shift in angularity via weight application on an initially upwards-directly track structure. By moving the leverage end of the tilting structure, the structure is intended to extend the potential of the rolling weight by moving the lever downwards. Through a counterweight, the device also intends to recover from the loss of altitude, through a natural extension of slope. Although the average altitude of the rolling weight remains the same, slope remains constant at every position, because of the difference in curvature caused by the tilting of the device. The primary means of recovery is the reduced resistance to a counterweight (not the mobile weight, but a fixed weight on the shorter end of the tilting track structure), which occurs at the point at which the rolling weight approaches the fulcrum by means of a return slope. The amount of altitude lost by the rolling weight is meant to be equivalent to the additional length of the upwards-pointing end of the track structure.

Paraphrase as necessary.

Another alternative is to write an article about Nathan Coppedge in general.

Nathan's Childhood: Nathan was born in 1982 in New Haven, CT. His parents came from Christian families in the South, and both were accomplished in school. His father Michael earned a PhD. in Political Science from Yale in 1988. His mother was Valedictorian at Randolph Macon. In 1983-84 the family spent time in Venezuela for the father's graduate dissertation work. Later in life the father's position as a political scientist would bring Nathan into contact with various locations such as Washington, D.C. and Costa Rica. Nathan's mother, Faith Larkin renamed herself Hannah Faith Larkin-Wells in a marriage with Phantom Wells, a professional programmer. Hannah was active in RC Counseling, a form of self-therapy that emphasizes emotionalism. Nathan's brother Brian knew computer programming from an early age. During childhood, Nathan and Brian attended the First Unitarian Universalist Church on Whitney Ave. Unitarianism would later influence Nathan's interest in symbolism and semiotics. When his parents informally divorced, Nathan and Brian remained in New Haven for school. Both elected to attend public school programs.

Nathan's Inventions: Nathan's first invention was a popcorn gun, a device he thought of constructing with a copper pipe and a cigarette lighter. However, even later in life none of his designs were patented.   Nathan had a vision of a perpetual motion device based on the children's game called Hungry Hippoes when he was about 10 years old. He didn't return to this interest until years later. During childhood Nathan was interested in medieval traps and fortifications, and drew many maps on graph paper. This would later influence his artwork, called Hyper-Cubism. In Spring of 2005 Nathan took some classes at Gateway Community College, and thought of a number of inventions while riding on the Gateway shuttle. One of these was the Catspur Shoes concept, another was the Gravity-Buoyancy Device, which had earlier been discovered by Frank Tatay. Nathan continued his interest in perpetual motion, founding a website devoted to Perpetual Motion Designs and Theory in August 2006 at Over the next seven years, the website acquired over ten distinct designs and their variations, six of which appeared in the period from 2006-2007: The Tilt Motor, The Repeating Lever, The Motive Mass Machine, The Gravity-Buoyancy Device, The Curving Rail Device, and The Fluid Leverage Device. Other designs were added later: The Coquette Device, Magnet Designs, Bezel Weight Device, and Gravity Motor. Although these were simple devices, they were previously unpublished on the 'perpetual web'. Nathan wrote a poem summing up his unique ambitions as a perpetual inventor:

While they were floundering
He was pondering---!
No more wandering through the grim tunnels of determination---!
No, it is time to grow in a thousand folded folds
For which we need an Infinite Fuel!

Nathan's Theories

Although his devices were simple, Nathan had theories which described the rationale and justification for his inventions. Most notable of these was the principle that momentum was possible without velocity. Nathan related this principle to an abversion of the photon momentum principle (that momentum was possible without mass). By correlation, it was the opposite of relativity, an undiscovered science. However, Nathan's attempts to popularize it met with contention on public internet forums.

Nathan frequently contended with the basic laws of physics, while demanding that there could be major exceptions to the rule. For example, in the Gravity Motor, an advanced technology is used to extract energy from tension in a rope. Physicists think this is impossible only because motion is required to extract energy. However, energy is present in the rope. Nathan reasoned the energy could be used to create motion, which could then be extracted as energy.

Nathan's Philosophy

While popular on the web for his perpetual motion interests (he sometimes received e-mails from enthusiasts promoting their own design ambitions), Nathan also authored books on philosophical subjects. His Dimensional Philosopher's Toolkit was released in 2013, intended as a radical philosophical manual which could assist the student or philosopher in finding objective knowledge. The book promoted a categorical method using diagrammatics and transformations.

Nathan's Poetry

Nathan's poetry, published on his websites, and in a xerox book called Inverse Threads, went unrecognized for years, but shows signs of a anachronistic sensibility which is remarkable in the context of his other achievements. Nathan web-published dozens of poems, including That House, God-In-The-Box, and Bohemoth Jargotten. Someone once commented "Look out for lightning".

Nathan's Art

Hyper-Cubism was an almost unknown artform when Nathan began his work. Earlier forms of the same were called Op-Art. M.C. Escher was the most famous Op-Artist, but his work did not incorporate abstract expression. Nathan set out to create an expressive form of Op-Art. Other artists sometimes showed an interest in the same subject, for example, Peter Daverington titled a 2006 work "Hypercubism". He may have been the first to do so. However, Nathan's work had a distinctive style. Nathan derided his competition as "Imitations of Auto-CAD (Computer-Aided Design)". Nathan's works of the Hyper-Cubic style dated to miniature ink drawings he created in the years 2002-2003, during a period of un-medicated schizophrenia. During a hospitalization, Nathan vowed to continue his work, although it was clear that his life had changed. It was, in his mind "the time of the last mandalas". His best thinking was behind him. The Hyper-Cubic style developed into larger pieces in 2004-2005, after Nathan took a poetry haitus. Nathan had art exhibitions at local cafes, including Koffee on Audobon, Claire's Cornucopia, and Woodland Cafe. He also exhibited at WhiteSpace Gallery and CWOS. In 2012 Nathan finally created a commercial gallery at for his work.


Nathan refers to his art and philosophy as a form of "dimensionism". The theme of contingency and computer parsing provides an aesthetic background for the graphical organizations of both systems. Dimensionism, which Nathan intends as a less fuzzy form of dimensionalism, is based partly on the Cartesian coordinate system, but via M.C. Escher, the context is far more broad. For example, The Matrix movie (1999) may be cited as one of Nathan's philosophical influences, implicating that the Cartesian system is existential.


Perpetual Motion Designs & Theory [Concepts for perpetual motion]

Nathan's Published Works

The Dimensional Philosopher's Toolkit (2013).
Creeping Cadence and Cadence Continues: Poetry (2013).
1-Page-Classics (2012).


Nathan's Hyper-Cubism

Nathan's Poetry

Poetry 2007-2010:

Poetry 2001-2006:

--Nathan Coppedge

Friday, March 29, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hints on Paradigms and Scaffolds

It has been an eerie year for me in terms of intellectual progression. I have literally invented several disciplines to navigate what seemed to be very difficult territory. In some ways I'm still lost in the specificity of my project, even though the subject in its most meaningful form is highly general, and yet  capable of insight. What began as a Unity Project dealing with subjectivity, God, objectivity, and the soul has morphosed into, first, a book of knowledge which has not been published, secondly my Theses folder which is mostly devoted to literature for which I cannot claim credit, although much of it I have not discovered in print, and thirdly my Dimensional Encyclopedia, the volumes of which will sometimes include disciplines which do not yet exist in the same sense with which I intend them.

One of my encyclopedias is devoted to Paralogy, the philosophy of fractions, in a sense that builds on earlier volumes concerning such subjects as Philosophy, Psychology, Biology, Phenomenology, Aesthetics, and Criticism.

I have continued my sometimes disappointing encounters with the published literature, where entire books frequently lack a strong thesis statement or fail to propound the wealth of insights that a strong thesis might suggest.

As the year wears on (comfortably and uncomfortably), I muse on the strength of my own theses, theses which I have so far been approaching in the individual contexts of each encyclopedia. Yet the titles of future volumes meaningfully weigh into some of the content considerations. Paralogy has a meaningful presence in the beginning of my Phenomenology Toolkit (Dimensional Encyclopedia, Volume Four).

It has been meaningful to address subjects which others have not cared to consider, and to ponder on combinations of subjects which yield meaningful variables.

For example, in Psychology, it seems to me that the work of Freud on dreams, Otto Rank on Beyond Psychology, and Carl Rogers on individualized therapy offer inadequate concepts of meaning, even though meaning is a relatively fertile concept for study.

Taking philosophy as an example of the completeness of knowledge, psychology gains an aura of incompleteness, but in providing this kind of sketch, meaningful holistics concur in the prediction of the ends and middles of theory; where pragmatics is not obvious, theory becomes more obvious; where the therapist and the patient are isolated in 'one booth', the psychology of both becomes more evident, and a few telling details become more extraordinary. While I have avoided some of the generality present in my first volume---which was notable for such---I have also re-introduced the categorical method as a foundation for the admittedly sketchy methodology of past therapists. Where therapists tend to be more socially adept and knowledgeable on the subject of individual therapy, I have also made a point of not overlooking all of their faults. This process has provided a significant groundwork for knowledge of therapy, and perhaps psychology in general, if it is adequate to reach for a social theory.

The way I have earlier reached for a Paroxysmic shift (in the Dimensional Philosopher's Toolkit), conversely I am currently struggling with the limitation of such categories as History and Politics, topics which I intend to eventually creatively address within later volumes of the encyclopedia. It requires a certain amount of psychic motivation to see that these subjects are still relevant to individual study. Why not go mad, as in the first volume, or become sane, as in the second volume, or acquire moodlessness, as in the third volume? Or transcend perspective, as in the fourth volume? Something of these subjects and their implied varaibles will remain to investigate in the later subjects, I promise.

What about the scaffolds I connoted? I have provided hints. Dimensional Psychology is my current subject, the topic of my present work to be published next year. In the future, I will have an opportunity to apply psychology to such subjects as biology, phenomenology, aesthetics, criticism, and paralogy. The concept is an endless ladder.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

An Article Has Been Published

Secret Principles of Immortality, Edition 6 has been published at Ezinearticles.Com:,-Edition-6&id=7574510

Progress in Categories


This and other examples have emerged recently, explaining such subjects as Future Psychology, Experimental Psychology, and Paradigms within psychology.

Those who are interested in psychology and therapy may take interest in my book, which will be available on Amazon, and hopefully bookstores.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Occasional Quotidian Post

Thinking of switching to Amazon publishing with Create Space for my two forthcoming books.

Those books are The Dimensional Psychologist's Toolkit (2014) and the Tractatus in Couplets.

Since Amazon is cheaper I can pay for a Kirkus (objective) review to supplement marketing.

The Tractatus in Couplets will receive no review unless I find a major source of income in the next few years.

If I have a low period in book production, I will spend extra money on reviewing the first volume of my encyclopedia---The Dimensional Philosopher's Toolkit, which has already been published with Authorhouse. But my hope is that the reviews I have arranged for free this year will pay off as a recommendation to stock the first volume at Barnes & Noble bookstores. I'm not sure about that yet, but it would be great if it worked.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Therapy Headache

Some of the most infuriating experiences with therapy seem to involve nothing at all. While the therapist will claim that there is 'inner turmoil' / 'a complex interaction of unconscious forces' and other language bites, the client or patient in a therapy session may feel that the therapist is making much of nothing. He or she may even feel that the therapist is going out of the way to create trouble.

Such was the case in one therapy apppointment I attended years ago. The therapist had a mind to try Carl Roger's famous passive approach to therapy, in which the client is encouraged to change and grow with minimal actual influence.

I will report on the dialogue that transpired:

Therapist: "This time, I'm going to try an experiment. In this therapy appointment, I'm going to do absolutely nothing. I'm just going to listen"

Me: "Well, I don't know what to say"

Therapist: "Is something wrong?"

Me: "I just get a kind of terrible hollow feeling. I don't think that it works"

Therapist: "Well, does that mean that you feel like nothing inside?"

Me: [smiling]

Therapist: "Hey, you tricked me"

Me: "I really don't think that it works. If you insist on it, we'll just end the appointment"

Therapist: "Very well, I have no choice"

I was disappointed, like I had swallowed one big zero. In retrospect, it seemed valuable only because the therapist had insisted that it was significant. But since even that seemed debatable, I continue to look back on it as a negative experience. But if nothing else, I did become interested in psychology.

Looking back, it does seem like Carl Roger's therapy supports big hollow feelings, and that isn't what I should have to contend with. What would it do for depression? What would it do for people that don't get a natural high for that matter? His approach seems to assume that the client is happy, or that anything can be solved by just going back to loose ends. On the other hand, it does loosen authority, and as many people know, authority has been cited as one of the problems with capitalism. But should I become a socialist just because I received a certain type of therapy? This has both positive and negative influences. If nothing else, it is an honest approach which asks the client/patient to deal with exactly what his or her issues are, independent of any kind of judgment. Which seems okay, as an idea, but may fail when the specific emotions of inadequacy are involved. Perhaps the only problem was that I didn't feel the empathy that the original guru tried to offer.

I get the feeling that therapists are doing some very basic calculations, and the result is sometimes supportive in the context of authority / lack of authority, and much of everything in therapy comes down to the difficulty of putting it into practice. How overbearing! Or how mistaken! (As Freud might say) yet how 'uncontentious', how 'inspiring'---!

Much seems to cook down to the fulfillment of needs, when many patients really have very little genuine fulfillment. How to synthesize? How to dispute? Hidden facts bear down on us like angry trolls.

I can discover what I want, but it is much more difficult to discover what I need to do to feel better. Drugs are still treated as a karma-band bargain, an awful sacrifice, in which all is lost if there is not equilibrium.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Occasional Quotidian Post, Updated

Still living on Orange St. in New Haven, since September 2011.

Plans are under weigh to publish my fourth and fifth books via Amazon publishing (called CreateSpace) rather than attempting Authorhouse again. Authorhouse has physically better quality books, but the rumor is they're worse at advertising to the main distributors. It's obvious that their name hurts compared to almost anybody else. Amazon might be the next step up from the abyss of the forsaken.

But the good news is, my AuthorRank at Amazon had risen temporarily to 158,787 based on the influence of a very small number of recent sales (plural at least, in the last two months). Anyone with people connections can do better than me with sales. I try to make my book titles public knowledge, but it doesn't always work.

My web pursuits and parsing of statistics continue on a weekly basis.

I visit my mother's family on the weekends.

I have printed several editions of the Everything Papers (a philosophical one-page newspaper), which is sometimes available on Starbucks or other cafes in New Haven.

The Everything Papers may eventually be available as a book volume, for those that are curious. My original plan was to print it in a self-published edition of "collected works" but I now realize the Everything Papers may have 100 editions before it is appropriate to print a collected works.

The detraction is that that newspaper can only be printed on full-size paper, which takes money away from royalties. But, I remind myself, I have been self-publishing, so the royalty amount is, as my father would say, "only an extra something" with none of the connotations of greed.

I've earned little more than 15 dollars so far in over a year of having multiple volumes in print.

But they are good books. They are just not advertised. And they are not yet available in bookstores.

That's it for this quotidian post, on a boring day where I haven't received e-mail for several hours (forget about the female aspect).

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