Complexity/systems

len on October 6th, 2016

Stephen Garner and Heidi Campbell have published this book, released by Baker in September. As connective technologies and new media are now ubiquitous, we have need to reflect on the way we use these tools, and the way they shape us. It’s that double edged knife so common to technologies, that there is this dialogical […]

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len on October 5th, 2016

From Wikipedia — In the context of an evolving information society, the term information ecology marks a connection between ecological ideas with the dynamics and properties of the increasingly dense, complex and important digital informational environment and has been gaining progressively wider acceptance in a growing number of disciplines. “Information ecology” often is used as […]

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len on July 11th, 2016

“We are all now, more or less, epistemological pilgrims.” Paul Helm I spent a few days in Chilliwack, then nearly two weeks in Kelowna — a nice change of pace and of scenery, and time with family and friends. I’ve learned not to take more than a couple of books along – that is the […]

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len on June 19th, 2016

Jacques Ellul saw technique as ‘the totality of methods rationally arrived at and having absolute efficiency (for a given stage of development) in every field of human activity.’* So what is our stance: embrace, or avoid? One article concludes, “Neither of these two options — wholeheartedly embracing the technological imperative or shunning it with anti-civilizational […]

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len on March 16th, 2016

An excerpt from Broken Futures, chapter 5 (unpublished) It took many years for Israel in Egypt to realize that their lives had become unmanageable. And then came the transition to the Promised Land. That went well, right? Well, sort of. It took just a few days for Israel to get out of Egypt. It took […]

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len on February 25th, 2016

[T] he key to dealing with a real crisis, one that goes beyond our personal realities, is in our abilities to move outside what we think of as normal. If the crisis is big enough, we have to reconsider the narrative or we can be destroyed by it. —John Ralston Saul, The Comeback

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len on February 22nd, 2016

Leaders should not seek power or status; people will not then crave power or status. If scarce goods are not valued highly, people will have no need to steal them. If there is nothing available to arouse passion, people will remain content and satisfied. The truly wise do lead by instilling humility and open-mindedness, by […]

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len on December 1st, 2015

“Louis Halle, and American diplomat and strategist of the 1950’s, once observed that foreign policy is made not in reaction to the world but in reaction to an image of the world in the minds of the people making decisions. ‘In the degree that the image is false, actually and philosophically, no technician, however proficient, […]

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len on November 3rd, 2015

I’m still shopping for an agent for my first novel – DOMINION. 75,000 words, 225 pages. But meantime I’ve also been thinking about serializing it here. And then for a week later in the month I’ll make the KINDLE version available here. Here is the synopsis. Dr. Tom Woodward is the Director of NASA/AMES Research […]

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