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Introducing Social Cogeneration (& Cognitive Physics)

Originally posted on the Cognitive Physics Thread at Physorg.com Forums

Social Cogeneration
photo by Mattijn

We need to learn to “cogenerate” — meaning we need to start “creating together” (i.e. synergy) — with our teachers and they, in return, ought to think about how to co-generate back with us in a recriprocal manner because I’ve news for you, StevenA. The relational mind and the symbolically oriented mind is the wave of the future. Not only are we learning faster than ever before because we have more “data inputs” and the time between question and answer has decreased exponentially in my life time alone, but the way we are learning has changed also.

Dear Steven,

Let’s look at the exponents of that 2^(Fn) summation series I posted yesterday, because there’s an interesting connection between that and “convolution,” and I suspect it could be applied to signal processing, but first let’s look a little at…


… because contributing to, not polluting, the truth, is really what we are all about, or at least what I am all about, and we want to make sure that our critics understand that up front, because our goal is to work WITH and not against them and we believe the greatest form of “pollution” is to not ask the questions that need asking because we’re afraid to ask them.

When you get right down to it, StevenA, I suggest you conceive of the “Cognitive Physics” thread as an “exploratory lab.” What we are doing here, at least in part, is trying to prove the lie to this notion that you need a piece of paper to contribute to the broad spectrum of scientific knowledge and inquiry, or that you need a certain amount of “experience” in our expert-dominated culture, or that if you didn’t do it yesterday that means you can’t do it tomorrow.

What we are also doing here, at least in part, is that we are trying to open up the public mind to the value of innovation and experimention and learning through action and pattern recognition and constructed relationships, and allowing for error and failure, which is how many of the greatest thinkers of our time have thought, and also how at least Time magazine thinks we need to start thinking again in order to move our educational system out of the 20th Century.

How to Build A Student For the 21st Century” – Time Magazine, December 18, 2006

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October 27, 2007 Posted by | Non-Partisan Activism, Philanthropy | 1 Comment

Riven Hearts (aka “Why I Write and Why I Fight”)

photo courtesy of Ana Crisan, also used to illustrate the Lyrics to a song Alone in a Crowd

I’m in the film union
IATSE Local 52
As a film lighting technician
I’ve been told on many occasions
To work slower
I was making others look bad.
I have been taught the tricks of the trade
How you game the system
To cash in and slice away some of the fat.
Order equipment you sell back to the company.
Slow the lift-gate to get that 15 minutes of overtime.
Courts might call that stealing.
And they would be right.
Those are the rules of the game after all.
But I have also dealt with producers
Lambasting crew members for sitting down
On the job.
The client was watching.
It might look bad.
God help the electrician
Catching a half hour nap under the truck
On a 100 degree cloudless day
Because he came straight from the last job
With no sleep.
Because you don’t say ‘No”
You might not get hired again.
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October 25, 2007 Posted by | Storytelling | Leave a comment

Evolving Points of Reference – Cognitive Physics (Part III: Selected Papers & Essays)

Zeroes on Black
Zeroes on Black by Raphie Frank

A subjective, idiosyncratic and anything but complete Reading List for the socially-minded aspiring Cognitive Physicist, Conscious Capitalist; or for any who seek to understand them.


Also see…

Quantum Logic and Probability Theory (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) – Alexander Wilce

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences– Eugene Wigner

Power Laws, Weblogs & Inequality – Clay Shirky

Positivism & Post-Positivism – William K. Trochim

They Thought They Were Free (The German 1933-1945) – Milton Mayer [excerpt]

Emotion & Design: Why Attractive Things Work Better – Don Norman

For the Sake of Our Children – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Performing Cultures: English Language Theatres in Post-Communist Prague – Gwen Orel

The Asylum Culture House & The Warholesquian Sensibility – Raphie Frank

Perfect Binary
Zeroes on White by Raphie Frank

October 24, 2007 Posted by | 1 | 3 Comments

Evolving Points of Reference – Cognitive Physics (Part II: Books)

A subjective, idiosyncratic and anything but complete Reading List for the socially-minded aspiring Cognitive Physicist, Conscious Capitalist; or for any who seek to understand them.

My Bookshelf

“the trend” = “the wave”

Also see…


The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth – Edward O. Wilson
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge – Edward O. Wilson
Synchronicity – The Bridge Between Matter & Mind – F. David Peat

Mathematics / Physics

Linked – Albert Laszlo Barabasi
The Singularity is Near – Ray Kurzweil
Hyperspace – Michio Kaku
Not Even Wrong – Peter Woit
The Elegant Universe – Brian Greene
The Holographic Universe – Michael Talbot
Zero – The Biography of a Dangerous Idea – Charles Seife
In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat – John Gribben
A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
The Golden Ratio – Mario Livio
Mathematical Mysteries – Calvin C. Clawson
(play) Arcadia – Tom Stoppard

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October 24, 2007 Posted by | 1 | 2 Comments

Evolving Points of Reference – Cognitive Physics & Conscious Capitalism (Part I: Mainstream Press)

Time Magazine, December 18, 2006

Thinking outside the box. Jobs in the new economy–the ones that won’t get outsourced or automated–“put an enormous premium on creative and innovative skills, seeing patterns where other people see only chaos,” says Marc Tucker, an author of the skills-commission report and president of the National Center on Education and the Economy. Traditionally that’s been an American strength, but schools have become less daring in the back-to-basics climate of NCLB. Kids also must learn to think across disciplines, since that’s where most new breakthroughs are made. It’s interdisciplinary combinations–design and technology, mathematics and art–“that produce YouTube and Google,” says Thomas Friedman, the best-selling author of The World Is Flat.

“How to Build A Student For the 21st Century”Time Magazine, December 18, 2006

A subjective, idiosyncratic and anything but complete Reading List for the socially-minded aspiring Cognitive Physicist, Conscious Capitalist; or for any who seek to understand them.

“the trend” = “the wave”

Also see…

October 10, 2007
Generation Q – The New York Times (Op-Ed by Thomas Friedman)

August 16, 2007
Are We Failing Our Geniuses? – Time Magazine

June 26, 2007
From A Few Genes, Life’s Myriad Shapes – The New York Times

June 26, 2007
Science of the Soul ‘I Think Therefore I Am’ is Losing Force – The New York Times

May 22, 2007
This is Your Life (and How You Tell It) – The New York Times

May 10, 2007
Save the Darfur Puppy – The New York Times (Op-Ed by Nicholas D. Kristof)

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October 23, 2007 Posted by | 1 | 3 Comments

Evolving Points of Reference – Cognitive Physics (Part IV: Conceptual Influences)

Also see…

George Kingsley Zipf (Linguistics & Power Laws), Edward Witten (String Theory), Edward O. Wilson (Consilience, Social Complexity, Cognitive Blind Spots), Wikipedia (The Collective Wisdom of the Collective), Divakar Viswanath (Order in Chaos), Giambattista Vico (The First Principles Approach), Jan Vermeer (Diffusion of Light), Petr Tyc (Kinetics of Movement), Jan Tinbergen (A Gravity Model of Economics), Tom Stoppard (The “Implicate Order” in Life), Clay Shirky (Power Laws and Inequality), Sam Shepard (“Psycho-Geography” and “Lies of the Mind”), Matthew Salganik (Hidden Populations), William Shakespeare (Storytelling, Measure for Measure “Metrology” of the Psyche), Bernhard Riemann (The “Linear” Curve), Srinivasa Ramanujan (The “Implicate” Order in Mathematics), Pythagoras (Linear Equilibrium & Proportion), Claudius Ptolemaeus (Epicycles), Plato (Metonymy, Structure, Dialectic), Picasso (POV, Internal Fracture), Carlos Castro Perelman (Applied Number Theory), Leonardo da Pisa (Progression as Embedded Algorithm), Sir Roger Penrose (Penrose Tiling), Charles Peirce (Symbolic Logic), Ovid (Metamorphosis) H. Pierre Noyes (Bit String Physics), Don Norman (Emotion & Desgn), Friedrich Nietschze (The “Overman”), Jacob Nielsen (Usability), Fred Myers (Universal Time, Alternate Definitions of “Ownership”), Karl Marx (Systemic Clash and Dialectic), Benoit Mandelbrot (Complexity from Simplicity, Measure as Relative Construct), Anestis Logothetis (Visual Music), Mario Livio (The Golden Ratio), A. Garrett Lisi (Root Systems), Gottfried Wilhelm Liebniz (The Relative Zero), Bruno LaTour (Material/Semiotic Correspondences), R.D Laing (The Divided Self, Intelligent Interdependence), LIFE EXPERIENCE, Akira Kurosawa (Social Relativity and POV), Milan Kundera (Question as Action), Johannes Kepler (Elliptical Curves, Twin Loci), D.R. Kaprekar (Number System Cyclicality), Daniel Kahneman (Prospect Theory), Franz Kafka, Carl Jung (Syncretism, Archetypes, The “Quantum” Psyche), Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis), Vaclav Havel (Social Fusion by Diffusion), Gothamist.com Interviewees (The Zeitgeist), Malcolm Gladwell (Scale Free Networks, Intuition as Pre-Conscious Knowledge), Todd Gitlin (The “As if” Principle), Galileo Galilei (Relative Motion), Buckminster Fuller (Tensegrity), Sigmund Freud (Binary/Trinary Systems of the Psyche, Psychic Relativity, Free Association), Charles R. Frank, Jr. (The Indivisible Commodity, Cogeneration), Michel Foucault (Deconstructivism, Power as Dynamical System, Self-Censorship), Richard Feynman (Hieroglyphic Semiotic Deconstruction), Paul Erdos (Elegance in Simplicity), Albert Einstein (Relativity Theory, The Worldline), Ida Dupont (Participatory Action Research), Daniel Dennett (Dialectical Model of Consciousness through Time), Paul Dimaggio (Cultural Capital), Nicolaus Copernicus (The Copernican Principle), Auguste Comte (Sociology as the “Hardest” of all Sciences), Matthew Caws (Balancing the Human “Equation”), Joseph Campbell (Cross Cultural Mythological and Symbolic Syncretization and Synthesis), David Bohm (Material Interdependenc), Laszlo Barabasi (Mathematical Modeling of Social Networks), Aristotle (Categories), Archimedes (Heuristic Mathematical Approximation)

October 21, 2007 Posted by | Science, Sociology | 1 Comment

Introducing Generation Q

Ana Crisan
One of My Heroes: Ana Crisan

An Op-ed from yesterday’s New York Times by Thomas Friedman…

Generation Q

Here is an excerpt…

America needs a jolt of the idealism, activism and outrage (it must be in there) of Generation Q. That’s what twentysomethings are for — to light a fire under the country. But they can’t e-mail it in, and an online petition or a mouse click for carbon neutrality won’t cut it. They have to get organized in a way that will force politicians to pay attention rather than just patronize them.

Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy didn’t change the world by asking people to join their Facebook crusades or to download their platforms. Activism can only be uploaded, the old-fashioned way — by young voters speaking truth to power, face to face, in big numbers, on campuses or the Washington Mall. Virtual politics is just that — virtual.

Maybe that’s why what impressed me most on my brief college swing was actually a statue — the life-size statue of James Meredith at the University of Mississippi. Meredith was the first African-American to be admitted to Ole Miss in 1962. The Meredith bronze is posed as if he is striding toward a tall limestone archway, re-enacting his fateful step onto the then-segregated campus — defying a violent, angry mob and protected by the National Guard.

Above the archway, carved into the stone, is the word “Courage.” That is what real activism looks like. There is no substitute.

I believe the name will stick.

October 11, 2007 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment


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