Archive for September, 2016
I am reviving this blog in order to concentrate on what is important, as defined by me. Posts herein represent the opinions of nobody but me. In fact, sometimes they are not even representative of my opinion. But there you have it: a lot of text, mostly in English, which should not be read unless you are interested. Management is not responsible for any mind-altering effects you might experience after reading this blog or parts thereof.
[a few points to prove that I am knowledgeable, Facebook style]
Chaos theory can be related to complexity, which can be thought of as the basis for all scientific endeavours undertaken since Thales. While perceiving physics through the lens of group theory has proven to be very fruitful, a process that essentially built on the Erlangen Program, it cannot be gainsaid that group theory is not the end all and be all of physics. In some respects it is too abstract, in others not enough. A further abstraction in mathematics that has been proven to be fruitful is category theory. Category theory has since branched into such disciplines as quantum mechanics, linguistics and systems biology. Systems biology is the discipline a la mode nowadays in systems disciplines. By contrast, old disciplines such as weather forecasting are utilising better methods to isolate the issues involved and to edge out whatever ounce of predictability they can get. It is not however required to have predictability always. For example, in arts ambiguity and subtleness can be the whole value of the artefact. Music, as an example of art, displays a fine balance between predictability and randomness. In general, catering for human needs has always proved to be over the limit of scientific understanding. “Scientific” management, and other processes that have tried to deal with a human being as an automaton, have always proven to have fatal shortfalls. It must be galling for humanity to come up with one theory after another for how governance works and then failure happens. Some are still extolling the virtues of Karl Marx’s Capital, while others believe Capital in the Twenty First century to be the bees knees. Relativity as an idea spreads around the sciences and arts as physics while affecting structuralism, but we can’t allow for moral relativism so we use different names. In the end the attitude dominant towards science, instead of increasing its value through constructive criticism, seems to be an attitude that tries to conserve it and effectively turn it into a religion, a phenomenon captured in books such as The Science Delusion. The attitude is effectively: never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you..