Breadcrumbs for November 13th to 21:29

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in Breadcrumbs

These are my links for November 13th from 21:06 to 21:29:

  • Happiness as the Ultimate Goal of Cybernetics – There are two basic problems to be solved — “What has caused these problems and how can they be solved?” and, “If solutions do exist, are they compatible with humankind’s happiness?”
    Both of these problems must be analyzed based upon the careful analysis of human nature. This paper first discusses the problem of what aspect of human nature is relevant to the ceaseless increase of energy use and how such aspects can be utilized to evade the problem. The analysis of the human feeling of happiness will then be presented to examine if the life of decreased use of energy is compatible with the human nature.
  • Policy Paper no. 3 – Cybernetics of Global Change: Human Dimension and Managing of Complexity – One of UNESCO’s major missions is to promote closer linkages between scientific knowledge and policy-making.The work of Mihajlo D. Mesarovic, David L. McGinnis and Dalton A. West … an important contribution to the effort … of “bridging the gap between science and decision-makers”. The authors propose a new paradigm, applied in this case to the area of global change, but which can be adapted for application in other important fields, such as population, migrations, employment, etc.: It aims at replacing the input/ output paradigm, generally used in research and policy analysis, by a paradigm the authors refer to as cybernetic and reflexive. In their words, what is proposed is an “integrated assessment, as a process of reasoning about the global future, based on decision support methodologies in which an ensemble of models are used and the human factor is “put inside the models”, to represent goal-seeking (adaptive) behaviour and account for non-measurable aspects”.
  • The Truth Is Out There: Astronomers Take First Ever Pics of Other Planetary Systems – For the first time EVER, galaxy researchers have taken pictures of planets orbiting a sun-star, much like our own. The first, taken by the much beloved Hubble Telescope, shows a planet orbiting the bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Australis. The second picture, snapped by upstaging Hawaiian observatories Gemini and Keck, shows two young planets orbiting a completely different star located 130 light-years from us! Take that Hubble! But I warn you—like the ultrasounds your friends show you of their three-month old fetus—these pictures wow mostly because of what they are, not because of what they look like

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