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Philosophy

The Hollow Men: Global Institutional Failures

The questions being asked and the problems being solved across government, industry and the community are almost entirely superficial and beyond the general effervescence of hype and rapidly-fading excitement or media and popular interest, the institutional processes and behavioural practices we inhabit have become self-validating rationales. We do not possess any such thing as a […]

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Philosophy

Bureaucratic Inertia

Organisations tend on the whole towards an inadvertent orientation for the reproduction of the policies and procedures (as axioms) that were originally cultivated to assist that organisation to perform its defining task, to address its asserted problem space. In this way, we observe the reproduction of procedural systems and behavioural, cognitive or otherwise normative grammars […]

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Philosophy

Environmental Mismanagement

Context: Eradicating black rats on Palmyra Atoll uncovers eye-opening indirect effects A perspicacity and intelligence sufficient to the task of successfully and conscientiously managing our natural environment is quite positively anathema to administrative bureaucracies. There is in this a microcosm of a certain functional or instrumental narrowing of representation and behavioural engagement which institutional interdictions […]

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Alien Anthropology

Building Peace

Curiouser and curiouser: observe how an aspiration to coordinate or construct and administratively or diplomatically assert peace becomes itself yet another game and grammar of difference, of competition, of jockeying words, behavioural idioms, contested concepts and roles; exclusive and self-sustaining as a professional career or community of experts which, while the endeavour is nominally admirable, […]

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Organisation systems technology

Enigma: When Strength is also Weakness

It is so often the case that the strength and the weakness of a technological or organisational system exist in (and as) that same structural and logical artefacts. The indefinite (recursive) extensibility of all material and logical systems is the foundation of, and cause for, this enigmatic duality.

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Alien Anthropology

Disentangling Bureauracy

It is fascinating to consider that an anachronistic hierarchy produces precisely the organisational inertia and systemic entropy that it itself is best oriented to negotiate (and through this to endlessly reproduce its own self-validating necessity). It is quite likely that the path of least effort and autonomously self-organising (i.e. low energy-state, minimal algorithmic complexity) systems […]

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Organisation

Escape Velocity: the Challenge of Introducing New Ideas

“The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones.”– John Maynard Keynes …and escaping the old ones is a monumental task when a bad idea, once entrenched, becomes the source of it’s own self-propagating rationale and serves as a limiting filter on the percolation of new cognitive methods and […]

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business Philosophy

Business Systems, “Best Practice” and Self-propagating Bureaucracy

Questions could (and should) be asked of the extent to which systems, architectures, models and programs can be (and are) produced for the primary self-interest of the organisations which provide those solutions. Bureaucracies and (all of) their diverse hierarchical predecessors, for instance, are classically-versed in the dark arts of creating systems and mechanisms that generate […]

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Alien Anthropology

Continuity of Civilisation

What we more often fail to observe or acknowledge about the generally messy and entropic state of international relations and an apparent inevitability of internecine conflict is that, as a whole, human civilisation is autonomously calculating and computing the optimal means and methods for self-propagation and systemic continuity.  Homeostasis is not engendered through aspiration towards […]

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Alien Anthropology

The Worst-Case Climate Scenario is Occurring

Don’t be fooled into a false sense of security by the fact that a worst-case climate apocalypse is intimately terrifying on a scale exceeding any story that humanity ever told itself and is so far beyond our limited experience that we more readily characterise it as myth or fiction. At the scale of disaster we […]

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Philosophy

Culture, Communication, Complexity: An Endless Inflection of Exploratory Investigation

I appear to have made several fatal errors of judgement in attempting to decode culture, cognition, communication and complexity. The essence of comprehension and information that we attribute as rational, foundational and amenable to explanation is not encoded in such a way as to ever be fully decompressed, unpacked, structured and recorded. It has always […]

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Philosophy

A Science of Entropy: Anger, Bureaucracy and Systemic Self-Propagation

Complexity is a lot smarter than we are – all of our ratiobal interdictions into behavioural and sociological problems tend to amplify by displacement those problems.