Archive for August, 2009

Brian C. Goodwin, R.I.P. 15th July 2009

August 17, 2009

Dr Goodwin went to the other side July 15. His work was deep and embracing, embracing of transdisciplinarity and of being human;  however, as it often happens with too-ahead of-their times-scientists and-artists and-saints-they are perversely push aside. More power to their spirit(s). I deeply admired this, his quintessential quality, which I suggest it is a gift, grace, and not something we can apply for to NSF or NIH (maybe Templeton would fund research on how to acquire grace to become “successful”). On the other hand and analyzing : “ahead of their times” is kind of a non-sequitur: actually I suggest that work  like that of Dr Goodwin is EXACTLY what the times need to change a particularly overwhelming zeitgeist, as it is now.

In an interview with John Brockmann:  http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/goodwin/goodwin_p2.html  (April 29th 1997!!!) “Instead of the traditional science of control we are involved in the science of participation, which is where complexity leads us, involving sensitive participation with nature. This requires cultivation of intuitive ways of knowing about wholes as well as analytical ways of knowing about parts, which takes into what may be called a “science of qualities”.

To have an idea of the overwhelming zeitgeist we live in today  just check the blogs of Dr. Richard Dawkins or Dr. Pharyngula: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2009/07/ and check the work of Dr DD  (Daniel Dennett) (one of the original horsemen of the Apocalypses, in his own words: bad choice; I wonder which one: conquest,  war, famine, or death.???…). Understanding coming from some of the most recognizably public voices of “science”? Undoubtedly,  “the tres amigos”  are bright, informed and possibly sincere-not reason not believe they are-: However, is kinda funky that neither Dr. DD or Dr. Dawkins are scientists (in the empirical classical sense: you think, you hypothesize, you work at the lab or field-or computer and you write up). Lets say they are ‘theoreticians”.

I will argue that Brian C. Goodwin biology is close to our quest here at SEED, my personal ’emotioning’ of science and I am sorry I never realized it was so very critical to highlight it more on behalf of a more comprehensive Dialogue and understanding.

 Dr Goodwin was not only bright; he was-is-genial, in a Bohmian sense. Rest in peace.

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Fliessgleichgewicht: towards a description of life

August 15, 2009

Fliessgleichgewicht: Ludwig von Bertalanffys’ legendary mintage, means “flowing balance”…and characterizes, from  thermodynamics,  living systems, which are open and in steady state. Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela (dear friend; R.I.P) (”The Santiago School”) relied in open systems thermodynamics to come up with a surprising bit of biology, absolutely unappreciated by most- there was a question about the language-but nonetheless their analysis has sprouted underneath the work of S. Kauffman, Sterelny, Tecumseh Fitch and many, many others, and recently in the gorgeous work of Leonardo Bich and Luisa Damiano from Bergamo and Roma. They published: Order in the Nothing: Autopoiesis and the Organizational Characterization of the Living: Electronic Journal of Theoretical Physics – Special Issue 2007- “Physics of Emergence and Organization” , World Scientific,2008, pp. 343-373., v. 4, n. 16(1), I. Licata  A. Sakaji (eds.). Luisa came out with the book : Unity in Dialogue, Mondari 2009, still not translated to English that I’m aware of, which she sent from Tokyo: grazie Cara Luisa. Tecumseh published Fitch, W. T. (2008). “Nano-intentionality:  A defense of intrinsic intentionality,” Biology and Philosophy 23: 157-177. This paper is striking in the sense that as M&V have long held, cognition is a sine qua non condition of the living: human cognition is a special-species case. The intersection of our Dialogue and the work mentioned here can be summarized as Dialogues with Nature: cool idea. You’ll see

back from the thickest….

August 13, 2009

The Language of Spirit Dialogue went out with a bang  and many iridescences new and old friendships once again the community was reborn for change that the ones that step outside the conventions do from the inside  and conversely. we have to have to  change personal behaviours stop bsing and do something about everything  however no other way of going about it i think

the rethoric at ESA  is a primal example of how the bouncing board of dressed up words can dampen the need for action

soon will be back with “regular” entries. i havent-yet-go bonkers

Ecological Society of America 2009

August 5, 2009

I have been attending ESA 2009…lots of talks… lots..but ….what are we gonna do about…well errr…. everything? I should mention the splendid work of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge section organizing visits to pueblo, Cultural Center and symposia regarding the intersection of science and indian knowledge. Mimi E. Lam leads the effort strongly supported by elder Dennis Martinez, who has been around longer than most of us. Particulalry significant was the presence of Tesuque, Jemez and Santa Clara elders that spoke to a packed room. Good job Dr. Lam: I hear the TEK membership rocketed up.