Tag Synthesis

Digital and Analog

Like the railroad and the United States in the nineteenth century, the internet is a geographical area revolutionized by a new technology. The progression of technology is the same in both cases: A new area is discovered. Survey and mapping…

The Viability of Political Formations

As Scott Page’s own work has shown, model thinking can help us understand political realities, of which the largest, most macro-level issues are with the evolution of political formations as a whole. There are several forms of human political sociality…

M-Theories

I gave a talk at NIAS on M-Theories, which is my approach to the intersection of mind, metaphysics and mathematics. You can see the prezi of the talk here or on the prezi page. via Prezi via Prezi

Synthesis explained

Modern technology offers new ways of story telling and of combining images narrative and other media. One of the best new tools is the nonlinear presentation format, best exemplified by the prezi. Here is a prezi explaining (as I see…

Knowledge via Synthesis

Analysis is for control freaks: they want to divide the world into constituent bits and make sure that each bit does exactly what we want it to do. It is also meant to end in a final resolution to a…

New Physics or New Metaphysics?

Does the study of living systems require a new physics? Not if new physics requires the discovery of yet to be known particles or forces or strange quantum mechanical effects. Organisms are not different from other types of matter as…

The New Anthropocentrism

The end of anthropocentrism is one of the signature achievements of science; starting with Copernicus, we have progressively shifted the center of the universe away from human beings. As of now, we are just yet another species in yet another…

The Organities

According to the cognoscenti biology is the science of the 21st century just as physics was the science of the 20th. Within biology itself, neuroscience is rising fast and becoming the go-to science. Donors, funding agencies and newspapers seem to…

Between IS and OUGHT

When human beings investigate their own nature, they ask two seemingly different questions: Who are we? Who should we be? The first is the province of psychology, cognitive science and increasingly, biology. The second is the province of ethics, arts…