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December 2006

Natural numbers, networks & communities

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 31, 2006  ·  Musings

As you can see I have explored my HTML guide, consulted our web master and I can now load images: expect a colourful new year in consequence! This post is designed for those who found (or may find) my post of yesterday on identity a bit too metaphysical for a first reading; i.e. those who are primarily interested in how natural numbers apply to communities and networks. Dynamic Learning Cycle.001.pngIt is designed to give some practical guide lines to community/network development and use of tools and updates my 2002 article on knowledge management which was...

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Social atomism, Identity & natural numbers

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 31, 2006  ·  Musings

Bob Hruzek hinted that I had started but not yet finished my discourse on natural numbers. I had elaborated it to a degree here, but have so far failed to fulfill my promise to look at the impact of social atomism on social systems. In parallel I promised to argue that focusing on identity not the individual as the primary unit of analysis resolves a lot of otherwise intractable problems. It also allows us to scale, within the limits of natural numbers to large populations. Now while both these concepts have significant practical...

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Super heros

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 30, 2006  · 

On a lighter note from my previous post, my thanks to David Tebbutt for this on line quiz that tells you what sort of a super-hero you are. He is Iron Man, my result (self assessed) is below. David's idea of filling in the test for other people is an interesting one ....


You are Spider-Man

























Spider-Man
60%
Superman
5%
Wonder Woman
0%
Supergirl
0%
Robin
0%
Hulk
0%
The Flash
0%
Green Lantern
0%
Catwoman
0%
Batman
0%
Iron Man
0%
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.


Click...

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Bitter sweet

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 30, 2006  ·  Reflections
If we believe that murder is wrong and not admissible in our society, then it has to be wrong for everyone, not just individuals but governments as well.

HELEN PREJEAN, Dead Man Walking

I have long felt a physical revulsion at capital punishment. I just about remember its abolition in Britain in 1965. Sydney Silverman was a hero of my youth for his campaign on the issue. I wrote to him in 1964 at the age of 10 when I was about to fight a campaign as Labour Party Candidate in my Primary School's Mock Election. His reply and...

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Intransigence

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 28, 2006  ·  Polemic

One of the other characteristics of any establishment is an unwillingness to accept that they may just be wrong. As I pointed out only a few minutes ago, this has been a major obstacle to scientific innovation, and to change in organisations in general. Richard Standbrook over at SacredFacts points to a Vanity Fair article in which prominent neo-cons argue that their policy of military intervention to create a particular form of democracy has only failed because of a lack of planning, execution and commitment. Bush has become a...

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