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59. Super-Culture And The Ghost In The Machine

Pref­ace: This lit­tle essay is a bit mis­chie­vous, and appar­ently polit­i­cally incor­rect enough to have sparked out­rage in the minds of some sen­si­tive souls from the polite din­ner party set. Although it has no claims to aca­d­e­mic decency, I have … Con­tinue read­ing

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55. If A Market Is Not A Market …

Long ago when the world was young I went to a high school to learn about the won­der­ful power of Mar­kets and The Invis­i­ble Hand. A mar­ket itself didn’t have to be a shabby patch of ground with fruit stalls … Con­tinue read­ing

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51. Getting It Done, Or Your Gift For Mine? – An Echo from the Philippines

On a stopover in Manila a while back, I wan­dered into a book­shop, look­ing for some­thing that could give me a fix on “the” cul­tural mind­set of the Philip­pines. This is a coun­try with which I have had only brief … Con­tinue read­ing

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49. Cultural Operating Systems – Thoughts on Designing Cultures

This (non-aca­d­e­mic) arti­cle cov­ers a lot of ter­ri­tory, noth­ing less than the “cul­tural oper­at­ing sys­tems” within which we live, how they have changed, and how they might be changed. There is a kind of arro­gance in toy­ing with the ele­ments … 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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14. Why Grasshoppers Don’t Have A Problem

If you think of the human men­tal sys­tem in terms com­pa­ra­ble to the oper­at­ing sys­tem of a com­puter, then there is a curi­ous incom­plete­ness about it. Of course the house­keep­ing func­tions, the bits that tell your body to breath and … Con­tinue read­ing

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