Physics, Fascism, Judaism and Zen ?

Physics, Fascism, Judaism and Zen ?
Articles and links from New York Review via RobotWisdom
Zen and the Art of Success by Frederick Crewes
Copenhagen Revisited by Michael Frayn
What Bohr Remembered by Thomas Powers
The Nils Bohr Archive
Interestingly East / West Philosophy and Particle / Quantum Physics bump up against Inter-war, WWII and Cold-war politics all over the place. Wittgenstein / Popper biographies and disagreements. Richard Feynman and the Los Alamos / Manhattan project, etc. The influence of Fascism and Judaism on the great minds of the 20th century was immensely significant. Must get the relevant bibliographical reviews published on-line soon.

Rationally Justifying The Criminal

Rationally justifying the Criminal
Counterpunch article “Rotten to the Core” of 20th Feb (via RobotWisdom)
Quote “We’re talking about fraud, corruption, pollution, price-fixing, occupational disease, and bribery. The Chicago [Law] School says these are “externalities” and related fines and penalties should simply be viewed as the “costs of doing business.” Unquote.
Compare deLorean in particular and Argyris in general

Change and Flexibility – My Dissertation

Change and Flexibility – Attitudes and Organisational Culture

Prepared my MBA Dissertation for HTML publication at last.
It may be ten years old, but it’s the origin of many of my current threads.
In fact this Blog carries on where Chapter 4 of the dissertation leaves business unfinished.

A flexible “learning” organisation needs a “rational” model like a hole in the head. Logical or rhetorical, how do you make a sound business argument out of that? Did someone mention Catch-22?

And yes – checked out the bibliography and sure enough Tom Peters did indeed reference both Robert Pirsig and Chris Argyris, though Charles Handy didn’t from what I can tell, but Peters and Handy also cross cite each other several times. I’m sure ZMM was a significant influence behind much of the “upside-down thinking” management wave of the 80’s and 90’s. Total Quality Management which grew in many guises in the same period, echoes much of the same “logic”, in fact Pirsig’s use of “Quality” as the vehicle for his metaphorical journey is probably responsible for ZMM being regularly classified as a Quality Management text too.

Strangely convincing too, despite Peters getting into hyperbole and doubtful (rhetorical) evidence of succes factors in much of his stuff, the introductory chapters of Peters and Waterman’s “In Search of Excellence” actually describes 90% of the issues in this Blog.

In my post below about Pirsig’s book I indicated the need to take stock.
Scroll down to see the resultant edit I’ve made to the first ever entry in this Blog.

[Pirsig’s ZMM was in fact on a recommended reading list on my MBA course at Imperial College back in 1988, though to my eternal shame, I never read it then. Since this point in Psybertron’s history, I have had a parallel “Pirsig Project” with links in the side-bar, and frequently cross-linked in the blog itself.]

Knowledge Engineering – by Guarino

at CNR LADSEB Institute for Systems Science and Biomedical Engineering
of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), Padova, Italy. Member of the initial
KnoW Interest Group. Interesting stuff on Ontologies, Semantics, AI, and Uncertainty in Systems.

Sturgeon’s Law & Hanlon’s Razor

Sturgeon’s Law
which comes from sci-fi writer Theodore Sturgeon who said,
“Sure, 90 percent of [anything] is crap.
That’s because 90 percent of everything is crap.”

See also 90/90 rule
“The first 90% of the code accounts for the first 90% of the development time. The remaining 10% of the code accounts for the other 90% of the development time.”
attributed to Tom Cargill of Bell Labs, or
“The time from now until the completion of the project tends to become constant.”
attributed to Douglas Hartree.

Hanlon’s Razor – A simple explanation based on cock-up (stupidity) is more usual than a complicated one based on conspiracy (evil). “Razor” after Occam’s Razor.
Finagle’s Law (Sod’s Law) – anything that can go wrong will.