I’ve nabbed the content of this from Ted Penfold. My wife, has told me that she heard this lecture of Dick’s and found it and him some of the most inspiring things in her life. I came across this wonderful piece by chance, looking for some background information on Nikko, the second guy after (Nichiren) in our prayers, and repeat it here so that more people might be similarly inspired.
I’ve corrected some spellings from the original transcript here which I assume were due to OCR transcription errors, mainly. I’ve also added a few links, where appropriate, to external sources (SP)
n.b. Admonitions = Precepts = Warnings. The three terms appear in different places, but essentially mean the same thing (SP)
LECTURE ON THE TWENTY-SIX ADMONITIONS OF NIKKO SHONIN by the late SGI UK General Director, Richard Causton
The following lecture by SGI UK General Director, Richard Causton, based on various lectures given by him around the U.K. and overseas during late 1992 and 1993, was inspired by SGI President Ikeda’s guidance on this subject on 24th October 1992. This lecture first appeared as a series of articles in SGI-UK’s monthly magazine, the U.K. Express. (now called Art of Living – SP)
Dick Causton’s and Nikko Shonin’s words follow…
In a recent post, http://strangelyperfect.tv/629/hannys-voorwerp-shows-what-ordinary-people-can-do/, I mentioned the power that can be gleaned from combining massive computer power and the pattern recognition capabilities of 3 million years of evolution on the human brain/eye system.
Now another use has just surfaced…
Many web-using people will be used to filling in forms with the deciphering of some partially obscurred text as part of the process. A common one is called “Captcha“.
This same technique is being combined with a burgeoning project to digitize many old and new printed works. This project uses OCR software to scan and digitize the books – but it makes mistakes.
These mistakes are farmed out by the reCAPTCHA service so that people’s eyes are used to fix the mistakes.
It’s a statistical compounding process so like SETI and the galaxy zoo project, multiple similar answers mount up to prove the “correctness” of the required answer.
It’s absolutely fantastic and a really positive use of computers in the service of mankind.