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Philosophy

2020 Pandemic: how to even begin understanding our historical moment?

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship […]

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Philosophy

Why do scientific theories become more complex?

“Bonini’s paradox is the name given to the problem that emerges when a model of a phenomenon is just as hard to understand as the phenomenon that it is supposed to explain.” University of Alberta’s Dictionary of Cognitive Science A critical point of reason here, and one for which we may all be fairly poorly furnished, […]

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culture Philosophy

Culture, Technology and Information Systems as Living Entities ?

An ability to think in terms of systems holistically as participating in mutually reflexive causal interdependence can initially be a difficult abstraction and conceptual bridge to cross but it also reveals itself as a powerful way to understand real world systems and processes.

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Organisation

Information, Theory and Complexity in Technological and Organisational Systems

There is no way of proving that you have obtained the most concise, accurate or irreducibly essential pattern or theory from which any sufficiently (i.e. non-trivially) complex pattern or sequence can be reproduced…

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communication Complexity Epistemology physics

On Equations, Art and Information Compression

I imagine that part of the beauty of an equation in physics lies in the sense in which it serves as an algorithmic information compression of the phenomena, system or relationship it describes…

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culture

WhatsApp: Communications Vectors and Political Momentum

Self-organising cultural, political and communications-system architectures tend to rapidly capitalise upon and exploit technical tool-sets, vectors or opportunities when they appear…

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culture

Theories of Everything

Grand Theories are impressive, but there seems to me to always be something more…

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systems

Insight

Any science of dynamic complex systems might find unexpected utility in recursive application to it’s own theoretical foundations and through this – a self-conscious insight into the process of complex systems theory development itself…