Now that I am beginning to lecture and teach complexity, many people are asking me about who I teach, and what my key references are. This is quite a difficult question to answer on a number of levels, especially when you are trying to teach people that “thinking” is just one of the ways of knowing the world, and that “sensing”, “feeling” and “intuition” are just as important.
Nature is showing us only the tail of the lion, but I have no doubt that the lion belongs to it even though, because of its large size, it cannot totally reveal itself all at once. We can see it only the way a louse that is sitting on it would.
~Albert Einstein to Heinrich Zangger, quoted in Clifford Pickover, Archimedes to Hawking
I get a letter
I got a letter through the post informing me that I was due for an eye test. Given that it has been several years since I had my eyes tested I welcomed the colourful reminder from Boots. I noticed that I could book an appointment online or by calling. At that moment I did not have a laptop handy so I chose to call.
With its relentless emphasis on technical problem-solving, engineering education may be overlooking something equally important according to a new study.
The research, by a Rice University sociologist who also has a degree in electrical engineering, finds that engineering students graduate from college less concerned about public welfare than when they entered.
“One of the solutions to the complexity of engineering is to take away anything that is nontechnical,” says the study’s author, …
Today's post comes from guest blogger Reese Jones. Reese is an IOS and android fan who loves phones and print media. Reese writes regularly for Techie Doodlers. She is also a keen footballer (for those in the US, that mean soccer!) and has a passion for architecture.
Based on Lookout’s 2012 data, 65% of parents believe that there’s no particular age when it’s best to provide a…
A while back I posted a link to an article that showed evidence that we adopt the moral stance of the people we read in fiction. There's another experiment that gives further evidence for that phenomenon, except with video games: Effects of a violent video game depend on whether you're Superman or the Joker
Christian Happ and his colleagues recruited 60 students (20 men) with varied video gaming experience and had them spend 15 minutes playing the violent and bloody beat-em-up game Mortal Combat vs.
The indirect impact of a digital world influences people through the exosystem. Examples of how an exosystem impacts an adolescents life is seen through advances in school technologies, changes in government standards, issues at parents workplaces, or significant technology advancements. Effects of the exosystem on adolescents may seem subtle but the impact can disrupt their lives in profound ways. The difficulty is in understanding the indirect nature of consequences impacting the adolescent....
I recently completed an analysis of a micro-system for my Systems Theory class using the Banathy (1992) systems-environment model of analysis. This was a difficult assignment for me, and managing the complexity of the task was decidedly outside of my comfort zone. The end product, while being my best effort, was not my best work. So, I'm left with the task of accepting that this first paper was the start of a process in which I come to a more thorough understanding of system theory and the knotted, tangled, convoluted process of analyzing complex systems.
@lakesly Thanks for making systems thinking videos downloadable from Vimeo. Lectures may be better disconnected from Internet than having to sit in front of computer. http://coevolving.com/blogs/index.php/archive/201310-lectures-at-aalto-university/ on web --> and .