An apt quote, given my current thread on formal logic vs chaotic approach to knowledge, from The Secret History by Donna Tartt (p.28) :
I was charmed by his conversation, and despite its illusion of being rather modern and digressive (to me, the hallmark of the modern mind is that it loves to wander from the subject) I now see that he was leading me by circumlocution to the same points again and again. For if the modern mind is whimsical and discursive, the classical mind is narrow, unhesitating, relentless. It is not a quality of intelligence that one encounters frequently these days. But though I can digress with the best of them, I am nothing in my soul if not obsessive.”
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Does God Play Dice – The New Mathematics of Chaos by Ian Stewart
Published Penguin Mathematics 1989 / 1990, Chaos reference work
Fundamentals – quasi-periodicity, strange attractors and Poincarre sections.
Lots of good further reading references too.
RDF, XML Schema and XML Meta-Data
Ref : “Professional XML Meta Data” by Daniel Rivers-Moore, Ann Wrightson, et al pub WROX.
ECM-Associations / Gellish-facts / ProcessML-Templates / Sentences(tm) / RDF-statements – common ground.
AT LAST – Chaos and Complexity theories reach the public consciousness as issues for management of organisations.
BBC Radio 4 Today – Analyst looking at Health Service organisation identifies these issues as blockers to predictable behaviour.
Tiny inputs – Large unpredicted outcomes, yes, but equally
Enormous inputs – No predictable outcomes.
Relevant message – Buisness rules for information management must be held separately from purely logical / deterministic codings, because these rules may turn out to be “fuzzy”.
The Learning Machine Challenge
Spin off from the AI Forum
Management Information Systems Quarterly
Academic & Research Journal on MIS
Includes “Qualitative” scope amongst more traditional aspects.
Has Mike Myers (Uni of Auckland) on the editorial board.
Previously associated with Geoff Walsham (Judge Institute, Cambridge)
Remember A.C. Clarke’s 3 stages of reaction to technological breakthroughs:
(a) It’s completely impossible.
(b) OK, it’s possible, but it’s practically useless.
(c) Well, I said it was a good idea all along.
And Douglas Adams (Quoting Bran Ferren) – “Technology is the stuff that doesn’t work yet”
Living with Windows XP
XP: Released last week
BBC News Online’s Paul Rocks explains what it has been like living with an evaluation copy of Windows XP for the last couple of months.
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My six weeks with XP have been pleasurable. No system crashes, no major problems and no phone-a-friend to sort out areas I don’t understand. Just the way it should be.