Is the norm of hierarchic organization just another failed normative logic?

Nature can be described as organized in hierarchical systems layers - but that doesn’t mean humans must organize themselves in static hierarchies. There are examples of different ways of organizing people to perform work together. Stowe Boyd pointed me in the direction of a Medium post by Jorge Mazal which started with a set of principles … Continue reading Is the norm of hierarchic organization just another failed normative logic?

Wikileaks and the future

Is the Wikileaks conflict leading us towards a better and more open future or can it result in the opposite? The Wikileaks phenomenon in itself is nothing but the natural consequence of Moore's Law and the emergence of omnipresent and ubiquitous communication and data gathering technologies. It is an effect that is one interpretation of … Continue reading Wikileaks and the future

Do we really believe in science: the emergence of truthiness

In an article in the Guardian the other day Georg Monbiot wonders why climate change denial is spreading in spite of what the scientific community states: A survey last month by the Pew Research Centre suggests that the proportion of Americans who believe there’s solid evidence that the world has been warming over the past … Continue reading Do we really believe in science: the emergence of truthiness

Why knowledge is destroyed with fall of civilizations

It is a bit weird that it is much more easy to write things in the unstructured and undemanding link stream i e my Tumblr feed, than to write things here. I will try to change that... For some time I have been thinking about the role of destruction in change processes. That lead me … Continue reading Why knowledge is destroyed with fall of civilizations

Neoteny and the status of humanity

Sometimes a single word can spark a whole new set of thoughts. That is what the term neoteny did to me in the beginning of the summer. So, you don't know what neoteny is? Neither did I until an acquaintance explained the term to me when talking about dogs and how they have evolved in … Continue reading Neoteny and the status of humanity

Why is there a decline of healthy lifestyle?

Today FuturePundit reports about the decline in healthy life style in the US. Investigators from the Department of Family Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston compared the results of two large-scale studies of the US population in 1988-1994 and in 2001-2006. In the intervening 18 years, the percentage of adults aged 40-74 years with … Continue reading Why is there a decline of healthy lifestyle?