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Ian's Work in Progress (last updated Dec 2004)

Manifesto (fixed record - Summer 2001) - if you haven't already read it, my manifesto is the best place to start, it's where I started. (I'm mainly in research, rather than publish mode at present, so much of the other "work in progress" remains in early sketchy form. The real work in progress is in my blog and in the various discussion threads and forums used and to which I link. The manifesto is summarised in the header of the blog pages.)

The Story So Far (early draft - Summer 2002) - an update on the main threads emerging from the research so far, one year on. This is really the start of a paper for publication, but still in progress. The threads include (1) Values-and-Levels, (2) Rationalisation, (3) Emergence, (4) Many-a-true-word, (5) Nothing-new-under-the-sun.

Challenge (Autumn 2001) - Some early thoughts on pragmatic targets in seeking a generic model for Knowledge. (Effectively superseded - a preamble published at the very start of the blog.)

Managing Change and Flexibility (1991, last update 1994) - Attitudes and Organisational Culture. MBA Dissertation including a treatise on behavioural aspects of communication and decision making. Origins of my making the connection with Argyris (Rationalisation behaviour), Brunsson (Irrationality & Hypocrisy), Quinn & Cameron (Paradoxes), and of course Maslow / Hetzberg / Ouichi (Psychology & Motivation), not to mention management gurus Peter Drucker, Tom Peters and Charles Handy. (The highest graded dissertation in my year, a piece of work of which I remain proud. Despite being un-related to knowledge modelling or epistemology when written, it clearly represents the roots of my thinking at that time, the half-way point of my working life to date. The on-line HTML copy doesn't include all figures and tables, but these remain available.)

Semantic Glossary (1999, last update 2002) - glossary of epistemological terms (Naive beginnings. Through 1996 to 1999, and since, I had been heavily involved in standards for business information modelling. This glossary represents my earliest recognition that more fundamental philosophical / epistemological issues lay behind what we were doing. FWIW, like Marvin Minsky, I have since formed the view that communication and language being what they are, a Glossary is perhaps not the best way to "fix" meaning. See the quote on this page which includes a collection of glossaries, dictionaries and relevant encyclopedias.)

Research Proposal (2000, updated 2003) - a draft  PhD research proposal based around the subject of this WebLog. (Includes significant repetition of the Manifesto, and expands on research possibilities.)

Brain Dump (2000) - a disorganised dump of issues - would benefit from mind-mapping. (Part of the content is now detailed better in Manifesto. I have considered expanding into Fuzzy Cognitive Map covering the "fuzzy" scope of this research exercise.)

Review (2001) of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. (Affectionately referred to as "ZMM". Really just a placeholder of initial impressions. It links almost immediately to my "Pirsig Project Pages")

Review (2002) of The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker.

Review (2003) of A Devil's Chaplain by Richard Dawkins, entitled "Hyper-Rationalism". 

Review (2002) of Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence. (Just a placeholder to probably the only non-technical-business-related material I read between 1972 (aged 16) and 2001 (aged 45) !!! TEL no longer remains an obsession, but he does represent my first inkling of a link between the arts and sciences.)

Review (2002) of Moby Dick by Herman Melville. (Just a placeholder. A read prompted by George Steiner's 15th April 1974 New Yorker review of Pirsig's ZMM which was entitled "Uneasy Rider". Several snippets of review exist in the blog itself.)

Review (2002) of The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski. (Just a placeholder. A TV series and a book that made a huge impression on me in 1970's, though at the time I didn't recognise the reason was in the link between science and humanities, Several other links to his other writings and those of his daughter, Lisa Jardine.)

Bibliography and Other Reviews (Technically still under construction, but in fact the blog itself is a time-ordered journal of hundreds of books I have read, and thoughts about them since 2001. For reference purposes a more conventional bibliography will be constructed from the journal, in the meantime, use the search facility within the blog.)

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