philosophy

The following 20 posts are tagged with the tag philosophy.

The Blockchain can Revolutionise Business

Just not in the way it's being punted by marketers, "strategic business thinkers" and banks at the moment. Its real value lies in its ability to decentralise trust, taking that trust away from (centralised) organisations and putting that trust into open, transparent computing algorithms, code and the community. Read more

Using Privilege for Good

08 Dec 2016   equality  philosophy  power  privilege 
With South Africa being a country of extreme inequality, we need a totally different way of looking at society to be able to deal with it effectively. We need to stop thinking dualistically. We need to spend more time cultivating a habit of being grateful for what we have, while using our tendency towards social comparison to motivate us to positive, empowering action. We need to focus on local community instead of individual action, or waiting for government or business to "do the right thing". Read more

The Problem of Power

31 Jul 2016   philosophy  power 
Thinking about the propagation of any particular ideology, or more broadly, any framework of thinking (and potentially even feeling), we simply can't ignore the role of power and social influence. It seems far too hard-wired into our very humanity. Read more

UX and System Architecture

12 Jul 2016   architecture  philosophy  software  ux 
What is the relationship between user experience and system architecture, and what works and what doesn't? Read more

Innovation and Happiness

13 Apr 2015   happiness  innovation  philosophy  quality 
What, exactly, is value? Or, in a less philosophical way: how is it that you practically know when you have experienced something of value? From my experience so far, I believe that our experience of value is deeply related to our true emotions and feelings, and is thus rooted in our common ... Read more

The Challenge of Innovation

17 Nov 2014   business  innovation  marketing  philosophy  process 
Many a 2x2 matrix has been developed around what we tend to call "innovation", but are these existing ways of thinking about innovation actually useful to us? Are they practical enough to help guide our daily thinking and activities to actually facilitate real-life innovation? Of course, the ... Read more

Building in a little fat

Several times now I've wondered if there are perhaps lessons we can take from real-world, successful projects and approaches the ICT industry that we may be able to apply generally to society. A simple example is how the Agile management approach speaks rather deeply, on a philosophical level, ... Read more

On wanting to relinquish the desire to choose

03 Sep 2012   choice  philosophy 
For a long time now I’ve been trying to figure out why it is that we’ve put so much effort into coming up with new technologies and processes, such as organisational processes. To me, a technology or a process seems as though it’s a tool (a static pattern of some sort) that attempts to ... Read more

Money, freedom and entrepreneurship

18 Jun 2012   entrepreneurship  freedom  money  philosophy  power 
Lately I've been thinking about the role of money in society quite a bit, and today I was thinking about it against the backdrop of entrepreneurship. Money, Relationships and Freedom On a philosophical level, it would seem to me as though money is a sort of portable, tradeable representation of ... Read more

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

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

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

Mind, self and society

I suppose tons of work has been done in coming to an understanding of the development of language, individuality and society, but I would like to describe here the views of an American philosopher, sociologist and psychologist named George Herbert Mead. His most prominent work was a piece of the ... Read more

Blanket terms - hiding the truth

09 Nov 2011   philosophy  postmodernism  process 
The definition of a "blanket term" from Wiktionary: A word or phrase that is used to describe multiple groups of related things. The degree of relation may vary. Blanket terms often trade specificity for ease-of-use; in other words, a blanket term by itself gives little detail about the things ... Read more

Reality as process

08 Nov 2011   philosophy  process 
In doing some background reading for my thesis, a friend of mine gave me a book by David Bohm entitled "Wholeness and the Implicate Order". Esoteric? Definitely. Difficult to read? Incredibly. Worth the effort? Absolutely. Bohm, as per the Wikipedia entry, was quite an impressive physicist. The ... Read more