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62. Economic Complexity and the Engine of Psychology

Con­text: The essay con­sid­ers eco­nom­ics as a psy­cho­log­i­cal phe­nom­e­non with the char­ac­ter­is­tics of a com­plex dynamic sys­tem. It is an ini­tial and some­what play­ful explo­ration, not a math­e­mat­i­cal paper on sys­tems the­ory. The orig­i­nal con­text was a dis­cus­sion group back­ground … Con­tinue read­ing

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The paradox of scholarship: pissing on every lamp post

If I have been able to see fur­ther, it was only because I stood on the shoul­ders of giants [Isaac New­ton, 1642 – 1727] Newton’s com­ment encap­su­lates the ideal of schol­ar­ship, though not its con­stant out­come. Schol­ar­ship is often con­fused with … Con­tinue read­ing

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19. Unseen Grammar – Suspecting The God Of Cracks Between The Floorboards

We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel; But it is on the space where there is noth­ing that the use­ful­ness of the wheel depends. We turn clay to make a ves­sel; But it is on the space where … Con­tinue read­ing

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16. Individualism or the Group ?

Indi­vid­u­al­ism or the Group? Thor May Wuhan, China 2001 The lady on BBC radio was mak­ing a pitch to teach social anthro­pol­ogy to the unwashed masses of the air-waves. There is, she said, a range of cul­tural types whose two extremes are … Con­tinue read­ing

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1. Finding Truth: The Human Mind as an Error-Checking Mechanism

On a huge hill, Cragged and steep, Truth stands, and he that will Reach her, about must and about must go, And what the hill’s sud­den­ness resists, win so.” [John Donne, 1572–1631] [ Pro­logue: In 1998 in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, I had become a … Con­tinue read­ing

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20. A Collision of Technology and Politics – Star Wars Revisited

Thor May Uni­ver­sity of New­castle, NSW @10 June 1986 We kid­ded our­selves for a while that Star Wars had gone away. We pre­tended that flower power was win­ning. But in our heart of hearts, in our 3 a.m. night­mares, we knew … Con­tinue read­ing

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