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Why science will never be able to tell us what something IS

04 Apr 2012   philosophy  reality  science 
Every day we use numbers - they form the fundamental language of science, which has allowed us to gain a tremendous amount of practical insight into our world and how to exploit it to improve our lives. But is it possible to use them to not only understand the relationships between things, but... Read more

The flaw in Network 21's value proposition

28 Mar 2012   business  consumerism  network 21  scary  truth 
See the follow-up article for this one here: Deeper Into the Flaw in Network 21's Value Proposition. This past Monday evening I had the pleasure of finally attending an information session on the infamous Network 21 - it was pleasurable because I could finally confirm my suspicions as to their... Read more

Why is Facebook so successful?

This morning I thought I'd do some digging to try and find what people think about why Facebook became so successful. Most answers that I found didn't really capture what I thought about the issue (not even Zuckerberg's own opinion), so I decided to give a bit of an alternative perspective on... Read more

Rethinking democracy

Nearly everyone I know seems to think that democracy is flawed, but the problem is that we don't have a viable, practical alternative. What would it take though to develop a practical alternative to democracy? I'm not completely sure, but I'm quite positive about there being potential to find... Read more

Holism and cooperation

05 Dec 2011   complexity  cooperation  holism  philosophy 
It seems as though I tend to only really gain insight into things that I've read quite some time after I've finished reading them, after I've had some time to chew on them and reflect their content against my existing mental frameworks. Mulling over SuperCooperators by Martin Nowak, it dawned on... Read more

The trouble with systems

We have this tendency to want to make our lives easier - perhaps this is a built-in biological mechanism to conserve energy? So we've been constructing systems for ages now: all the way from cars to supercomputers to money- making "systems" that we call organisations. Many people who give advice... Read more

The battle against the ANC?

23 Nov 2011   corruption  politics  power  social influence 
After having passed the "secrecy bill" through parliament yesterday, and with the Mac Maharaj fiasco, a whole range of ridiculing, "naming-and-shaming", gossip-like articles and public comments/jokes have been popping up: "Black Tuesday": There's more where that came from Evading the questions... Read more

Validity - a tale of disillusionment

In digging around for different people's understandings of social constructionist philosophy for my thesis, I discovered this great journal article by Steinar Kvale (1995) entitled The social construction of validity. What I was trying to do in my thesis was get back to some of our fundamental... Read more

Business, complexity and emergence

14 Nov 2011   business  complexity  emergence  philosophy 
In trying to understand business in new ways, it seems as though a variety of authors (academic and non-academic) have been trying to apply perspectives from a relatively new "branch" of science that is still busy taking shape: that of emergence. The concept of emergence comes from a variety of... Read more

Power, and business

Keltner, Van Kleef, Chen and Kraus wrote a really interesting paper in 2008 on social power entitled A reciprocal influence model of social power, and I think that, against the backdrop of emergence and complexity theory and social influence theory, we're only beginning to scratch the surface as... Read more
 
 
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