Philospophical Reflections

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine
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“The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think”
— Gregory Bateson

Level I

McCulloch, W.S., Embodiments of Mind, MIT Press, 1965

Level III

Bateson, Gregory, Steps to an Ecology of Mind, Ballantine Books, N.Y. 1972

Waddigton, C.H., Tools for Thought, Paladin, 1977

Level IV

Churchman, C. West, The Systems Approach, Delacote Press, N.Y. 1968

Tags: cybernetics, Ecology, Gregory Bateson, mind, philosophical, reflections, thinking


Viable Systems – A Reading List

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine
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In “The Heart of Enterprise,” one of the classics in the field of management cybernetics, Stafford Beer includes a select bibiography for the Viable System while explaining that a supportive reading list, in a form for which a consensus of cyberneticans could be found, just wasn’t possible.  With this said he went on to construct what looks like a map, but is truly meant as model of a reading list (although as he freely admits, the map remains more artistic in nature than conforming to a scientific statement).

Tags: cybernetics, model, Stafford Beer, systems thinking, VSM


I’ve been feeling a little angry lately…..

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in Odds & Sods

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Seeing Red
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“Our milieu is fantastically expanded in every direction and there is crisis on every side. Our horizons for comprehension, for planning, for control, are receding faster than we can conceive. No wonder that I see red: it must be a Doppler effect.”Stafford Beer

Yes, I know the old saw that when you point your finger there are three pointing back at yourself.

Yes, I’ve tried to think in a more forgiving way.

Tags: change, Dogma, feeling, Fundamentalism, Ideology, model, models, Reality, Stafford Beer, teaching


Microsoft Tag | Bricoleur Systems

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in 3rd Places of Learning


Using Microsoft Tag (currently in beta) you can make almost anything you want  interactive.  Link real life with the digital world, by adding a  tag to product packaging, print-based media, signage, outdoor advertisements, business cards, storefront signage , exhibit, video or wherever else you can imagine using a  link to the virtual world from a physical space.

The tag above can be snapped by a  phone camera (a free iPhone app is already available) and it will provide automatic opening of a browser and navigation to  the home page of this website for example.  I’m thinking of virtual supplements to sports museum displays as a potential use.

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Technology of Hay | Freemon Dyson

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“The technologies which have had the most profound effects on human life are usually simple. A good example of a simple technology with profound historical consequences is hay.

Nobody knows who invented hay, the idea of cutting grass in the autumn and storing it in large enough quantities to keep horses and cows alive through the winter. All we know is that the technology of hay was unknown to the Roman Empire but was known to every village of medieval Europe.Like many other crucially important technologies, hay emerged anonymously during the so-called Dark Ages.

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Noted scientist Stephen Wolfram shares his perspective of how the unexpected results of simple computer experiments have forced him to consider a whole new way of looking at processes in our universe…

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“What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?”

Tags: change, complexity, knowledge, predictions, science, tools

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“In 1948, Norbert Wiener pondered a new science in his classic book Cybernetics, one that flirted with the “boundary regions of science.” Sustainability today occupies a similar state, but the concept is used more as a policy guide and buzzword than as a true science.”

via The New Science of Sustainable Dynamics: ENN — Know Your Environment.

Tags: CEP, cybernetics, Ecology, philosophy, science, Sustainability, Systems


The Great Seduction: 2009: The end of print

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in Books, Odds & Sods

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2009: The end of print – Andrew Keen

“It promises to be the tipping point of tipping points. As I argue today on Internet Evolution, 2009 is going to be the year in which the old print media industry — newspapers, magazines, even books — collectively falls off the cliff: “

via The Great Seduction: 2009: The end of print.

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Tags: Books, media, Newspaper, print


Itv News | Best 50 Astronomy Pictures of Year 2008

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Perseid over Vancouver

“Astronomy is arguably the most beautiful of the sciences. I’m biased, of course, but it’s nearly impossible to gaze upon a picture of a galaxy, a moon, a nebula, and not see in it something compellingly artistic. Sometimes it’s the color, sometimes the shape, and sometimes it’s the knowledge that we can understand the subject of the picture itself.”

via Itv News | Best 50 Astronomy Pictures of Year 2008.

Tags: astronomy, science