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June 2010

The tyrrany of the abstract symbolic

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 25, 2010  ·  Polemic

Aristoteles_Louvre.jpg "Whereas young people become accomplished in geometry and mathematics, and wise within these limits, prudent young people do not seem to be found. The reason is that prudence is concerned with particulars as well as universals, and particulars become known from experience, but a young person lacks experience, since some length of time is needed to produce it"

Working with daughter on her Philosophy revision resulted in my digging deeper into material I hadn't really looked at in years. Daughter in contrast has become party girl again...

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Confluence and integrity

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 24, 2010  ·  News

For those who haven't seen it Cynthia Kurtz has posted a fascinating and substantive piece on her involvement in the creation of the Cynefin Framework. I have some minor quibbles: the main creative contrast was between her background in biology and mine in physics, more than philosophy to take one example. I also have some reflections which I will post at some stage in the next week or so, but I wanted to make people aware of it now.   

Cynthia's integrity is evidenced in her post, in strong contrast with others. She is rightly...

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Thoughts on models and modelling

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 21, 2010  ·  Musings

I sort of knew this before but only really articulated it at the seminar today here in Wellington. The essence of interventions in a complex space is that you get the system to model itself you don't (unlike systems thinking) attempt to model it. Resonates with Gell-Mann idea that the only valid model of a complex system is the system itself. Its one of the key differences between human complexity thinking on the one hand and systems thinking and aspects of computational complexity (agent based modeling) on the other. The dangers of...

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Otago hospitality

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 20, 2010  ·  Great places

Screen shot 2010-06-20 at 04.27.28.png By the time I got round to booking accommodation in Dunedin this weekend there was nothing, and I mean nothing left in the town itself. Net result I ended up a hours drive out of town in a Bed and Breakfast at Pukerangi. As it happened I couldn't have asked for a better place. The drive out was spectacular, views of snow covered mountains and an incredible landscape. The accommodation itself more than lived up to its description. Comfortable, well equipped and welcoming; its not often I sleep as well after 30 hours of travel. I...

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That great little walk in Auckland

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 19, 2010  ·  Trivia

Ten hours to LAX, twelve hours to Auckland and waiting for two hours to Dunedin but it was all worth it for the walk from the International to the Domestic terminal in Auckland. It is one of my favorite walks in the world as it always follows a long flight, its always windy with a taste of moisture in the air and the oxygen count is high. Actually the flight was pretty good as well, two films and the rest was sleep. I'm now in New Zealand for a week, then Australia for a fortnight finishing with a week in Singapore. Lots of old...

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