Archive for March, 2004

无疆界的领域

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

这是Vannevar Bush经典文章的话。科学是没有穷尽的。”世界上不存在对多样性的任何限制。靠少量原始元素的组合,是能够产生出无穷无尽的种类的。“

所以,Simon接着说:“存在着一个趋向多样化和复杂性的长期趋势。”

关于黑暗

Monday, March 29th, 2004

“我们每个人都处在一个很长的大厅中的一由一盏小灯照亮的圈子内。灯光只照亮大厅中的前后几步远,然后很快地减弱,在未来与过去的大片黑暗包围之中黯淡下来。

我们对于那些黑暗是好奇的…… 历史学,考古学,地质学和天文学给我们提供了几条通向遥远过去的狭窄光线,但只是时明时暗地照亮而已……要确定遥远事件中那些是巨大成就,那些是灾难,谁是英雄,谁是恶魔,都是困难的。”

1969冬天, Herbert Simon写下这些的时候,赖公小学一年级的学生们正在早自习的教室里齐声跺脚取暖。

相变和瀑布

Saturday, March 27th, 2004

合作“的起源和演化固然迷人,在信息通讯技术猛进的今天格外重要。深究下去,信息”瀑布传播“的相变效应似乎是根本所在。新的”合作“模式的涌现或者可以看作是网路系统的相变过程,而临界条件,相关尺度,耦合强度,正反馈和稳定性等等概念则可能有切实的意义。

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Power at the Edge

Friday, March 26th, 2004

HR mentioned the Reed’s Law several times. Equally worth investigating more is the Dean campaign tools, especially about “the power coming from the edges of the networks.”

You have been thinking of this kind of “edge tools” for a long time. Now those software applications are emerging from the Net, enable people to coordinate collective actions at the edges of a network. Blogs, Get Local, Dean link, forums, chat, wikis and friend-to-friend systems….. “The primary distinction of an edge tool is that people can use the tools to quickly connect with others and develop persistent relationships. They require some for of identification for individuals, and some form of publishing of a persons opinions or thoughts. The more “open”, the better. ”

Autopoiesis

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004

Marianne introduced this book 《Self-Producing Systems: Implications and Applications of Autopoiesis》, by John Mingers.

There is also a quite clear introduction page written by Randall Whitaker.

回到原点

Monday, March 22nd, 2004

十二年后,(二零零四年三月二十日十二点四十八分),再次面对半穹山。
half dome
这一次,你不再是孑然一身。

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即将来到的散步(以及继续)

Friday, March 19th, 2004

是在Mill Valley的青色山丘上。一些问题渐渐显形了,但是似乎又不尽然。
在这个自建的世界上,人们是醒着的,还是如苏菲所言,在门口的房间里熟睡呢?

这环绕的一切(技术)究竟是从那里来又向何处去?人们是完全被动的吗?最大程度地兴利抑弊是可能的吗?得益和责任能分离吗?

自牛顿以来的证据是不乐观的,而浮士德的诱惑会有终结吗?

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“自我”

Thursday, March 18th, 2004

从“素朴”起就有这样的问题。在“空”和“我们”之间,“自我”真的存在吗?或者说,骑手的“选择”真的存在吗?系统的稳定性是整体关系(结构)的稳定,而不是元素本身。这里,尺度的概念重新出现了。只有确定尺度,描述才可能有意义。但是不同尺度之间是交叉作用的。这种交叉作用本身消解了“自我”的绝对价值,主体在建构系统的过程中本身也被系统(其稳定的秩序)所建构;更何况“系统”是一个动力学的概念,和环境又是共演的关系。

不过,凝视于存在的这一点,列维-斯特劳斯的结尾是平静的:

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集体意识的显现版

Wednesday, March 17th, 2004

列维-斯特劳斯谈城市:“城市代表文明最复杂最精纯的面貌,在一片小小的空间里吸引集中了一大堆人,再加上城市发展的不同阶段所经历的时间,提供一个使各种潜意识的态度得以沉淀的熔炉。”

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Trust in Journalism

Saturday, March 13th, 2004

Journalism, if it is to deserve the name, is not about the quality of the camera, but about the journalist’s intuition, integrity, courage, inquisitiveness, analytic and expressive capabilities, and above all, the trust the journalist has earned among readers.

Good journalists discern compelling stories in events, cultivate and mobilize networks of sources, double check and triple check facts, develop reputations that can only be won by getting the story right week after week, year after year.

This is from Howard Rheingold‘s article on OJR last year. The article was about moblogging.