Notes dec 16

December 17, 2008 § Leave a comment

Reading Prigogine  The End of Certainty.

Why do such books have to eb so wordy? Seems to me there is a need for short books, very short. Down to one page. From Wikipedia

In his 1997 book, The End of Certainty, Prigogine contends that determinism is no longer a viable scientific belief. “The more we know about our universe, the more difficult it becomes to believe in determinism.” This is a major departure from the approach of Newton, Einstein and Schrödinger, all of whom expressed their theories in terms of deterministic equations. According to Prigogine, determinism loses its explanatory power in the face of irreversibility and instability.

I find Bob Artigiani’s use more clarifying.

This isn’t direct to that point but this essay at amazon by Bob is insightful about cultural maps.

http://tinyurl.com/6jgqaz

Now looking at Richard Coyne’s Technoromanticism. I had read his earlier book Designing Information in a technological age. Another example of an architect with broad vision.

leads me back to Colwyn Trevarthan who had mothers sing to infants, univ of Edinburgh. wonderful. Can’t find a wiki ref. Knew him at Caltech, visited him in Edinburgh.

And then looking at Innovation Associates (seems to have demised in its olf form) and Society for Organizational learning, which is still gung ho for capial without perspective.

and

John Kerry takes Foreign Relations. Lieberman keeps Homeland Security. . .

REID ANNOUNCES ANTICIPATED COMMITTEE CHAIRMANSHIPS FOR 111th CONGRESS:
Senator Herb Kohl, Chairman, Senate Special Committee on Aging
Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture
Senator Daniel Inouye, Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations
Senator Carl Levin, Chairman, Senate Committee on Armed Services
Senator Christopher Dodd, Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Senator Kent Conrad, Chairman, Senate Committee on Budget
Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, Chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Senator Jeff Bingaman, Chairman, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Senator Barbara Boxer, Chairwoman, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Senator Max Baucus, Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance
Senator John Kerry, Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (upon the resignation of Senator Joseph Biden)
Senator Edward Kennedy, Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Senator Joseph Lieberman, Chairman, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Senator Byron Dorgan, Chairman, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairwoman, Senate Intelligence Committee
Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary
Senator Charles Schumer, Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
Senator Mary Landrieu, Chairwoman, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (upon resignation of Senator Joseph Biden and Senator John Kerry assuming Chair of Foreign Relations)
Senator Daniel Akaka, Chairman, Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
**Senate Committee on Ethics Chairperson will be recommended by the Senate Majority Leader and adopted by Senate resolution
**Joint Economic Committee Chairperson alternates with each Congress. The House of Representatives will chair the Committee in the 111th Congress

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