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  • The (Not So) Radical Constructivism
    I must admit having had a slightly vague (and wrong) opinion of constructivism until I read Ernst von Glasersfeld 1991: “One of the standard objections to constructivism, particularly radical constructivism, runs somewhat like this: ‘there’s a book in front of you on the table; you know it’s a book, I know it’s a book, and anyone who looks at it would recognize it as a book –why do you keep telling us that the book is not really there?’ “ […]
  • On Determinism, Predictability, Probability and Free Will
    Check this excellent article below about the new book by Christian List:Yes, Determinists, There Is Free Will It’s infeasible to explain human behavior at the level of complex neural firing patterns in the brain. Maturana is basically saying the same thing: In (Maturana 2011): All systems are composite entities that exist in two not intersecting operational-relational domains, the domain of the operation of their components, and the domain of their operation as totalities. Due to this, the totality does not […]
  • The Power of NOT
    “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” Warren Buffett Says This 1 Simple Habit Separates Successful People From Everyone Else It seems more important to know what you DON’T want, than what you DO. When you think about it, it makes sense: If you focus just on what you want, you will probably miss on a ton of opportunities that would otherwise come your way. And you are […]
  • Observer systems
    While reading a recent post on Harish’s Notebook about the “Copernican Revolution” and Empiricism, Rationalism, Constructivism and other “isms” I was once again reminded of the necessity to not complicate things beyond their innate variety. I was once again amazed by our (human) ability to name things and pretending that just because something has a different name it must be different than the thing somebody else named differently. For example, I fully subscribe to the constructionist idea paraphrased from Heinz […]
  • The Truths of Complexity: from Harish’s Notebook
    Another well written and smart overview of different ideas about the matter. Please read: The Truths of Complexity: — Harish’s Notebook – My notes… Lean, Cybernetics, Quality & Data Science. While working on my recent post about some interesting properties of chaos and bifurcation diagrams, among the literature I was using at the time I “rediscovered” an article from 1996 written by Jean Bricmont, a Belgian theoretical physicist and philosopher of science. I recall that this article opened my eyes […]
  • Don’t Regulate Artificial Intelligence: Starve It – Scientific American Blog Network Seems the author’s concern is primarily privacy. However, I don’t think AI is interested in your dirty (or any other) laundry. Only some people might find it interesting and enjoy the “power” they get from that knowledge. Therefore , it is of paramount importance the development stays opensource and available to everyone. Dangerous only if available just to specific actors (government or private). The fear of AI can be compared to the fear humans had of any other previous […]
  • Harish’s Notebook – A Study of “Organizational Closure” and Autopoiesis: An excellent and well organized set of thoughts from different thinkers about dynamical systems, relevant and close to the discussion and points I’m trying to make on this site. I encourage you to read it, as well as the other posts from the same author. Just one disclaimer related to the data presented in the above post. You will notice that I use the terms “organization” and “structure” in slightly different manner than in autopoiesis. In autopoiesis the term […]
  • Bifurcation Diagrams and decision making
    Some 15 years ago while between jobs, I had a little bit more time on my disposal so I started fiddling around with chaos and bifurcation diagrams by using huge spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel. I used as the base the recurrent formula for the logistic map: I was working with a population of 1000 individuals and plotting their trajectories for different environmental “pressure” (A) when I noticed this very interesting detail in the 3D graph of the bifurcation diagram right […]
  • Quanta Magazine: Out-of-Sync ‘Loners’ May Secretly Protect Orderly Swarms Fascinating research. Dissidents have a purpose after all. And none other than preserving the survival of the species as a whole. Another proof that totalitarian societies, composed exclusively of followers, cannot survive. Every society or group of individuals need a healthy number of “free thinkers”. Also, it is interesting to see there are just two strategies available for each member to choose from: Start something different to get out of here, or Maintain the status-quo and hope for the […]

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