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Emergent day to you. 2010-04-22 is my knowmad birthday. Think I understood the word. More to emerge.
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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.

    Wave Riders are curious people possessed of an innate capacity to go with the flow, constantly seizing upon opportunity when others see no possibility, or even disaster. Their level of performance is consistently high, and projects are often completed in breathtakingly short periods of time, with a degree of excellence that may seem unbelievable. Not always, not in every instance – but with a regularity that sets them apart, but never alone. Together with their fellows, Wave Riders create the critical community bonds, essential for productive activity. And they bring a special gift – Leadership. Their passion and responsibility for a cause inspires others to make common cause. Not by domination and control, but through invitation and appreciation, the efforts of many coalesce as one.

    More, in the words of Harrison Owen:

    Saying that Wave Riders go with the flow is not to say that they have a light regard for planning, logic, and hard work. In fact the Wave Rider may be a fanatic for planning, logical to a fault, and a total workaholic. But what sets them apart is that they also possess a clear understanding of the limitations of all three: planning, logic, and hard work. For them the Plan is the map and not the territory. Necessary, useful, but never to be confused with the facts on the ground, and certainly never to be given preeminence.

    Likewise with logic. Good and useful for sure, but when the daily course of experience appears to behave in an illogical fashion, usually referred to as counter-intuitive, the Wave Rider will understand that there are multiple "logics" and it may well be that the one employed is simply inappropriate to the situation. A classic case of this phenomenon comes from the world of Physics at the point where Quantum Mechanics made its appearance. Traditional Newtonian physicists were logical past all, perceiving the elegant coherence in the cosmos to be an exquisite clockworks. However, as the world of subatomic physics became the object of study, the traditional logic faltered. And those who were crafting the emerging quantum physics used the sense of illogic to advance their work. Walter Heisenberg, the originator of the Uncertainty Principle, is said to have remarked, " Your Theory is crazy, but not crazy enough to be true."

    On the subject of work – Wave Riders do indeed work very hard. They are often sticklers for detail and devote amazing amounts of time and energy to enterprises for which they have a genuine passion. When they care, they care deeply, and the effect of this caring is a devotion to their cause that others may find disturbing.

    But there is another aspect to a Wave Rider’s relation to work that many will find strange. On occasion, all of their busy doing simply stops. The task lists are put away, the goals and objectives are all placed on hold. The Wave Rider is content to be there in that present moment. An outside observer might legitimately conclude that the Wave Rider has given up, but the truth is rather different. She or he has simply let go. Not to be confused with a fatalistic withdrawal from life – this letting go has a very different quality. The commitment to the original passionate concern remains unshaken, and if anything, is deepened and intensified. Rather than fatalism, there is profound awareness and trust in the deep forces which drive towards completion and fulfillment. And of equal importance is a recognition that any "doing" in the sense of organizing, managing, forcing – will not only be ineffective, but may well be counter productive.

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    Opening Space for Emerging Order. AKA barcamp, unconference.

    In the words of Harrison Owen:

    OST, as a definable approach to organizing meetings has been in existence for somewhat more than a dozen years. Truthfully, I suspect it has been around as long as Homo sapiens has gathered for one purpose or another, from the days of the campfire circle onward. It is only that our modern wisdom has obfuscated what we already knew and have experienced from the beginning. But that is getting somewhat ahead of our story.


    The mere thought of inviting 500 relative strangers, united by little more than their conflict around a particular issue to join together for a three day gathering, without a shred of agenda preparation, a small army of facilitators...should be sufficient to raise eyebrows. The suggestion that something productive might occur obviously contravenes most of what we have taught and/or learned about meeting management and the care and feeding of hostile groups, and definitely qualifies as outrageous. And yet productive outcomes from unlikely quarters has been the continuing experience of groups gathered in Open Space all over the planet. The outrageous is now common place. Somehow incipient (or actual chaos) is productive of order. Regularly.

    What’s the secret? Some have suggested that the Four Principles and One Law which guide behavior in Open space provide the clues. The principles are:

    1) Whoever comes is the right people, which reminds people in the small groups that getting something done is not a matter of having 100,000 people and the chairman of the board. The fundamental requirement is people who care to do something. And by showing up, that essential care is demonstrated.

    2) Whatever happens is the only thing that could have, keeps people focused on the here and now, and eliminates all of the could-have-beens, should-have-beens or might-have-beens. What is is the only thing there is at the moment.

    3) Whenever it starts is the right time alerts people to the fact that inspired performance and genuine creativity rarely, if ever, pay attention to the clock. They happen (or not) when they happen.

    4) Lastly When it’s over it’s over. In a word, don’t waste time. Do what you have to do, and when its done, move on to something more useful.

    The Law is the so called Law of Two Feet, which states simply, if at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing – use you two feet and move to some place more to you liking. Such a place might be another group, or even outside into the sunshine. No matter what, don’t sit there feeling miserable. The law, as stated, may sound like rank hedonism, but even hedonism has its place, reminding us that unhappy people are unlikely to be productive people.

    Actually the Law of Two Feet goes rather beyond hedonistic pandering to personal desires. One of the most profound impacts of the law is to make it exquisitely clear precisely who is responsible for the quality of a participant’s learning. If any situation is not learning rich, it is incumbent upon the individual participant to make it so. There is no point in blaming the conference committee, for none exists. Responsibility resides with the individual.

    One of the more surprising gifts of the Law of Two Feet is the apparent contribution to conflict resolution. I say "apparent" because I have no direct evidence connecting the Law to the resolution of conflict, but it is true that intensely conflicted groups of people find effective and amicable solutions in Open Space without benefit of formal conflict resolution procedure, or even any intermediary facilitators. Apparently they do it all by themselves.

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    The science of complex systems is transforming science and its role in society. Building on the traditional focus on the parts of systems, the new approach integrates the networks of relationships within and between systems. These relationships are responsible for the collective "emergent" behaviors we see in all physical, biological, socio-economic and technological systems.

    Complex systems research can answer questions previously considered outside of the realm of scientific inquiry. This includes using science to understand human behavior, social interactions, and the consequences of policies and decisions of our society.


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    Evolution and Ecology

    NECSI’s research into evolution clarifies basic issues in evolutionary dynamics such as how altruism arises, the origin and characterization of biodiversity, as well as the interplay of evolution with ecology. Specific work addresses:

    • Patterns in Space and the Dynamics of Evolution
      The gene-centered view as a dynamic version of the mean field approximation
      Biodiversity and spatial symmetry breaking
      Genealogical trees and biodiversity
      Estimating the diversity of a population from a sample
      Evidence for why reproductive fitness isn’t necessarily predictive of long term survival
      Environment modification and inheritance
      Origins of altruism, including altruism by social signaling
      Sewall Wright's shifting balance theory
      Celllular automata models of evolutionary self-replication

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    12. Evolution yields new adjacent possible niches which alter and ENABLE NEW DIRECTIONS OF FUTURE EVOLUTION: this is RADICAL EMERGENCE. (no conscious mind needed for this radical emergence).

    13. Same for econosphere and culture: Turing machine enabled Eniac, created a niche for hence enabled main frame whose wide sale into a new market niche created a further new market niche that enabled Steve Jobs to envision the personal computer in that new niche, an enabling opportunity he saw and seized, whose wide sale created a new market niche for word processing, an enabling opportunity that Bill Gates (and others) saw and seized, whose wide sale and use created a niche for sharing files whose niche enabled the creation of the World Wide Web, which enabled selling things on the web and eBay emerged, enabling more content on the web creating a niche enabling browsing the web and Google and Yahoo emerged, then Facebook enabled the Arabic Spring and new forms of social movements, which enable.....

    14. The above leads to a profound new issue: Is this becoming of life and our lives entailed by some law - the reductionist view? I will argue NO. No law entails the becoming of the biosphere or human life.

    15. Max Weber’s statement: “With Newton we became disenchanted and entered Modernity.”


    21. Uses of screw drive alone or with other objects or processes are indefinite and unorderable. Thus NO EFFECTIVE PROCEDURE TO LIST THEM ALL. No algorithmic way to list all the uses of a screw driver.

    22. Cellular screw drivers and other process and parts may ‘FIND A USE” IN AN UNPRESTATABLE DARWINIAN PREADAPTATION, which is heritable and enhances fitness so is selected by natural selection OPERATING AT THE LEVEL OF THE KANTIAN WHOLE, so is grafted into evolution.


    24. Thus, with Longo, we cannot prestate the EVER CHANGING PHASE SPACE of life as it evolves. We do not know the ever new relevant variables.

    25. Need settled semantically laden concepts for mathematization. Law of pendulum, Newton’s laws of motion.

    26. We do not have settled semantically laden concepts for evolving biosphere, so we cannot mathematize it, we cannot write down equations of motion of biosphere evolving. A fortiori so too for evolving econsphere, culture.

    27. Without a predefined phase space, we do not know the adjacent possible niche which is the boundary conditions on selection, eg for worm evolving to live in swim bladder, so even if we had, which we don’t, the laws of motion, we could not integrate them. It would be like trying to integrate for billiiard balls on a table whose shape is unknown and ever changing.


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    Sparked by a good month of #Occupy movement, people are engaged against, networking against.

    Much of what people are against happens behind closed doors. Fine for private matters, but there are no private politics. There should not be. The people occupy - against. They do gain attention.

    The occupy movement has been criticized for:

    • not having an agenda - it has many

    • not having a leader - it has many

    but - that gives it diversity and resilience.

    Such energy may fizzle, and to keep momentum, people appear to aim their networking for:

    • replacing winner-takes-it-all financial casinos with a more sustainable social contract

    • bringing crony capitalists to justice, to stop their shredding of the social fabric woven from agreements and laws

    and the objectives may grow more diverse, as people gain freedom to pursue their own dreams, refine agreements in conversation and debate, and form their own groups forwarding their own causes and ideals, at best in mutual respect.

    Patterns will emerge, become signs of progress, and new social contracts may be drawn up.

    Direct democracy. Engaged Economy.

    Want to dive deeper? Synapsing evolutionary events and prior art:

    This list may grow. What would you add? 

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    Despite its often contended (and oft-contentious) meanings, legal academics and educators still resort to the now-entrenched phrase,“think like a lawyer,” to describe the goal of law schools in educating their students. But even a brief deconstruction of the phrase brings its varied interpretations to light: What does it mean to “think like a lawyer”? It might easily imply an existing difference from thinking like a doctor, a banker, or a representative from another profession. But within the law, does “think like a lawyer” exclude thinking like a judge or a legislator (both roles comprising those who might have been lawyers in another life)? And which lawyer for that matter? Erwin Chemerinsky? Oliver Wendell Holmes? Perry Mason? An average, reasonable lawyer? A “bad” lawyer? To attempt to tease out the “definable” components of the phrase reveals the phrase’s imprecision, and the difficulties in using “think like a lawyer,” as a proscribed law teaching goal.

    Borrowing from the notion established by notable law professors, Michael Hunter Schwartz, Sophie Sparrow, and Gerald Hess, that the goal of teaching law students should be to allow students to accomplish effective legal problem-solving rather than thinking like a lawyer, this Article focuses on the teaching of one particular skill needed for such problem-solving: how legal thinkers methodically and effectively approach reading, comprehending, and critiquing the law. Language comprises the nuts and bolts of the law, but law school curricula generally do not focus on sharpening the elevated levels of perception needed for legal thinkers to internally process case holdings, blackletter rules, and statutes for whatever tasks await them. In fact, the traditional case method of teaching law students to “think like a lawyer” often only briefly and abstractly addresses the components of legal reading and then expects students to master the skills out on their own, which poses increasing problems in light of the noted decline of literacy and comprehension skills in the recent adult population in the U.S.

    This Article addresses an approach to teaching legal literacy skills through deconstruction from both within the law and as an import from post-modernist thought. By doing so, this Article explores how teaching one method of rule reading and comprehension—termed “rule deconstruction”—to first-year law students introduces them to both formalist and anti-formalist techniques to approaching the language of the law and equips them with the heightened sensitivity that legal thinkers must embrace for dealing with legal reading. First the Article will first present a method of teaching “rule deconstruction” in its prima facie meaning to introduce a formalist perspective to breaking down complex legal rules and legislative materials in class that can link rule comprehension to student outlining skills and exam performance. Then the Article will take “deconstruction” in its post-structuralist incarnation and harness its postmodern tendencies into an anti-formalist method for dealing with the language of rules that can take student comprehension of rules into a more critical and theoretical realm. All of this is done with the goal of equipping the law student with both a hands-on and theoretical engagement with rules that challenges them to be both better legal thinkers and problem-solvers as well.

    From the SelectedWorks of Jeremiah A Ho, September 2010

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    No, this is not about how digital imaging has removed the photographic emulsion known as negative film from general circulation. This is along the lines of, "try not to think of a pink elephant." Done? Thank you. What did you see? Point taken? If that is difficult, start over, or read on.

    From Jon Rappoport, 2011-08-26

    A significant amount of traditional therapy, and a whole lot of pop-culture psychology, involves "getting rid of negative material." Baggage.

    The theory behind it sounds good at first. It's sort of like surgery. The doctor says, "You have this thing right here, and we're going to take it out."

    But lo and behold, as the years roll on, it doesn't seem to be turning out so well. One piece of "negative emotion" is sort of gone, and so is another piece, but other pieces, not seen before, have cropped up. Where is the end to it?

    Clue: there is no end.

    Why not?

    Because when the goal is "getting rid of problems," people dedicate themselves to it, and in that dedication they will keep finding (or inventing) negative material so THERE IS SOMETHING TO DO. Otherwise, the goal is useless.

    Therefore, the goal becomes a long freight train heading down the tracks, and it keeps going-and keeps on going...

    This was not seen clearly when modern therapy was first invented. Neurosis (in the generalized sense) was viewed more or less as a big tin can, and the negative material was inside. If you washed the can out, you were cured.

    However, it's not that simple.

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    Have you had this happen to you? You mull over the meaning of a word, look at it from various viewpoints, explore its context and connotation, and poof - its meaning changes or shifts unexpectedly. Just had it with the word "renewable", loosely attributed to energies preferred for their sustainable and non-polluting properties. Fits on some energies, like wood, or mental energy, but not others. I think the word has been used to loosely, because in a way, nuclear energy is renewable (by re-processing), Negawatts are renewabe (by switching off or efficiency up). How is the sun re-new-able? It implies choice. Solar and other inexhausitble energies are "tappable" but not really (you may disagree here) ...

    Renewable (Energies)

    Does a dictionary entry help?

    Relating to a natural resource, such as solar energy, water, or wood, that is never used up or that can be replaced by new growth. Resources that are dependent on regrowth can sometimes be depleted beyond the point of renewability, as when the deforestation of land leads to desertification or when a commercially valuable species is harvested to extinction. Pollution can also make a renewable resource such as water unusable in a particular location. Compare nonrenewable.

    The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

    Got here and appreciate the image from Rethinking Japan's Energy Future, 2011-04-11 by J. Matthew Roney. Gist:

    A review of Japan's geothermal, wind, and solar energy potential shows that domestic renewable resources could easily power the world's third-largest economy.

    Hat tip: Sepp Hasslberger

    Geothermal is a potentially fierce competitor to petroleum type fuels. We can expect all kinds of tricks to make less of it, including outright false statements as to its potential, from petrochem interests.

    And then there is tidal and wave energy, which have made progress, too. Falling cost bring break-even much closer. BBC article and video on a recent second generation design.

    So is wave energy re-new-able, in that we can regrow it if we want to?
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    Sustainability, thrivability, and transforming capitalism. Let me introduce a passionate speaker, author, entrepreneur: Gunter Pauli.

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    99 seconds for the future with Gunter Pauli

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    "Celui qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler,
    ne mérite ni regards, ni patience."

    René Char

    If I have been able to pioneer over the past four decades it is first and foremost thanks to a few exceptional friends and mentors who have inspired me to go beyond even my wildest dreams, to accept tremendous challenges, to be prepared to risk it all, and yet have the confidence that if everything fails, we still have so many friends that I can slowly rise up to the next occasion.

    I am on a mission with passion, inspired by wisdom of science, shaped by the beauty of nature and the arts. No one put me in charge, but me. The state of the world and the plight of billions make it impossible to accept a status quo, or simple an improvement. We need to give ourselves the freedom to go beyond the present, and even change the rules of the game without ever saying that one is bad, believing that everyone without any exception can always do better.

    All endeavors are undertaken not to pursue self-enrichment or a satisfaction of the ego, it is a commitment to live life on a path that pursues a sustainable world where we are able to respond to the basic needs of all with what we have. A path that allows us to learn ever more and realize that the only science is a temporary one, and that we are in pursuit of discovery of the web of life.

    I did not come to this world to please, and that is why the wise words of René Char motivate me to go beyond reason and yet whenever I am considered unreasonable, there is a grain of self-evidence in my action. And that is why I welcome you with gratitude for entering into the page and sharing with me your patience.

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    Why No Straight Lines

    By Alan Moore

    We are now living in what many people now call the Networked Society, where we are creating, collaborating, in ways that defy the logic of our industrial era.

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