Islets in an Ocean:
Prom islets from plane
towards a philosophy of complexity

Tony Smith

Meme Media

In 15-20 Minutes

Primed for Online Seduction

My story, in too much detail, for reasons apparent later

The Vision goes Graphical

Captured by a Wider World

Thinking thru the Long Boom

Trying to do Something

Back to the Future

A Fresh Journey Begins

ISCE Stellenbosch Workshop

ISCE’s February 2007 (ISBN: 0-9791688-1-3)

Comparing References

First objective to identify commonality between independently authored chapters by tracking common referenced authors.

Comparative References

Ch.    total       other    multi  chapter
    cites auths cites auths links  auth(s)
 1    22    14    19    13     3   Baskin.K
 2     8     8     8     8     4   Bloch.D, Nordstrom.T
 3    42    37    39    36     0   Peroff.N
 4   106    73    86    70     2   Bondarenko.D
 5    64    54    63    53    13   Muhonen.T
 6    81    65    80    64     6   Schliebs.G
 7    50    27    27    23     2   Collier.J
 8    35    34    34    33    11   Van der Merwe.J
 9    30    28    27    27     4   Baets.W
10    18    14    15    13     0   Pareschi.R
11    19    13    13    12     2   Turner.J
12    91    54    40    40     5   Sabelli.H
13    19    12     9     8     2   Zelger.J
14    36    31    35    30     6   Smith.T
15    11    10     9     9     1   Richardson.K
16    34    30    34    30     5   Roodt.J
17    64    52    60    49     8   Nicolaides.A, Yorks.L
18    30    19    29    18     9   Nilsson.F
19    10     8    10     8     3   Vesterby.V
20    45    38    39    35    13   Allen.P, Boulton.J
     815   558   676   518    99

Representing the Comparisons

The PDF might be clearer

Authors referenced by more than one chapter

Comparing Tech Vocab

Tabulating Word Counts

Distinctive Word Usage

   Within chapter               Between chapters
 ch  strength                 chs    strength
 17  116.371  learning       10  15   22.508  networks
 11   72.000  mound           7  15   18.873  information
 11   54.000  nest           19  20   13.579  complexity
  7   51.000  entrainment    12  18   13.500  processes
 13   49.424  text            8  19   12.947  complexity
 19   47.368  complexity      4  19   12.947  complexity
 12   47.000  processes       1   7   12.780  power
  9   45.430  quantum        12  17   11.750  action
 13   40.000  earthquake      9  12   10.484  quantum
  3   38.000  Gaia           10  15   10.168  network
  2   37.441  ethical        18  19    9.789  complexity
 15   37.098  loops          12  20    9.645  evolution
  2   36.000  interns        12  19    9.474  complexity
 10   35.070  networks       17  19    8.526  complexity
  7   34.225  symmetries      8  11    8.522  design
  5   33.495  language        7  19    8.365  systems
  7   33.018  symmetry        5  11    8.328  agents
 11   33.000  soil            7  16    8.160  system
 11   33.000  termites        7  12    7.679  symmetry
 15   32.274  network         1   4    7.540  society
 12   32.000  biotic          7  12    7.500  processes
  6   32.000  Nagarjuna       9  13    7.273  concepts
 13   31.243  linguistic      5   8    7.052  language

A Long Way from Reality

Stream of Consciousness

Along the pleasant walking track to the Institute The stream was the electricity supply main of a bygone era
So the town spread out around it And later turned it into a decorative feature

Complexity is Everywhere

Embryology?

The TickTock website uses ChemRote to visualise generated networks

Selected rotations of the first six wireframe images on that new TickTock page.

Still Early Days

Bolognesi, Tommaso, ‘Behavioral complexity indicators for process algebra: The NKS approach’ in Journal of Logic and Algebraic Programming, Volume 72, Issue 1, May-June 2007, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/15678326 Pages 50-77.

Towards Contextual Thinking

Prospective complex thinkers need to have conquered mind changing challenges.

Epistemologically, this third stage is dialectical and interactive in that it does not look for truth either in the world (as the dualistic thinker does) or in the self (as the multiplistic thinker does), but in the interaction between self and world that results from committed, or we might even say existential, action in the world.
(...) structural reorganization of epistemic assumptions in the direction of increasing complexity. This organization takes place on an individual time table as a result of confrontation with social and intellectual challenges which must be resolved. These challenges may be confronted accidentally as a person's social life unfolds, or they may be confronted as part of a planned instructional program. There is no evidence to support the idea that epistemic development occurs 'naturally' as a result of genetic processes.

—Marcia Salner, 1986

Twenty years on, we are all complicit in the consequences of listening to loud ‘advocates’ insist that young people not be challenged on their life’s journies.

Salner, Marcia (1986). ‘Adult Cognitive and Epistemological Development in Systems Education’ in Systems Research Volume 3, No. 4: Pages 225-232.

Reflections

An image and a place that demands going back to
A Philosophy of Complexity demands reflection on our understanding of the oft unexpected dynamics of complex systems.

So, What is Complex?

Salner, Marcia (1986). ‘Adult Cognitive and Epistemological Development in Systems Education’ in Systems Research Volume 3, No. 4: Pages 225-232.

Physical and Biological

Examples of complexity in physical and biological systems

Social and Computational

Examples of complexity in social and computational systems

Universals Remain Contentious

Dissipative Examples

Examples of far from equilibrium sources and consequent emergent systems

Aspects of Complex Systems

Recognised and still controversial aspects of complex systems

Tackling the Intellectual Leap

School is in

A school of fish coordinate creatively
School is where many young learn the most important things they will need to swim with life’s opportunities.

Living the Edge of Chaos

One Day Ends

Stopping over a night en route to South Africa the sun sets on Australia
Then, after a night to sleep on it, a new day dawns.
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