Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Emergence of Distributed Cognition – A Conceptual Framework

We propose a first step in the development of an integrated theory of the emergence of distributed cognition/extended mind. Distributed cognition is seen as the confluence of collective intelligence and “situatedness”, or the extension of cognitive processes into the physical … Continue reading

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Complexity Education Project

Questo sito è dedicato a chi si occupa di reti e sistemi complessi. Con quali obiettivi? – dare un contributo alla formazione alla complessità con la complessità, ovvero con l’utilizzo di percorsi non lineari, non semplificanti e quindi rispettosi del … Continue reading

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Be(com)ing Human: Semiosis and the Myth of Reason

Traditionally,first we become human, then we are (fully) human, and, indeed, conceptions such as childhood and human rights are derived from this premise. However, the premise is unsound. Childhood is a time of being as well as becoming, and adulthood … Continue reading

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Accelerating Socio-Technological Evolution – from Ephemeralization and Stigmergy to the Global Brain

Evolution is presented as a trial-and-error process that produces a progressive accumulation of knowledge. At the level of technology, this leads to ephemeralization, i.e. ever increasing productivity, or decreasing of the friction that normally dissipates resources. As a result, flows … Continue reading

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Online PhD

We are dedicated to providing our readers with the information needed to make informed decisions about PhD education and life. We cover all aspects of pursuing and attaining a doctorate from beginning to end. At Online PhD, you will find … Continue reading

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Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis

The crisis of global capitalism that has unfolded since 2008 is more than an economic crisis. It is structural and multidimensional. The sequence of events that have taken place in its aftermath show that we are entering a world that … Continue reading

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Self-organization in Communicating Groups – the emergence of coordination, shared references and collective intelligence

In the last few decades a new scientific paradigm has been slowly emerging: complexity. This paradigm departs from the reductionism, determinism and materialism of classical, Newtonian science by focusing on the non-linear interactions between the components of a complex system. … Continue reading

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Building a Science of Complexity

It is a common observation that our present society is more complex than any of the societies or cultures which preceded it. This entails that the problems this society, and the individuals who are part of it, must confront are … Continue reading

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Organizations as Self-organizing and Sustaining Systems – A Complex and Autopoietic Systems Perspective

Many alternative theories about organization exist. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, adequate explanation of the relationship between macro and micro processes of organization, and organizational dynamics remains elusive. In the recent past there has been growing interest in … Continue reading

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Reconnecting Biology, Social Relations and Epistemology – A Systemic appreciation of Autopoietic Theory

This paper seeks to tease out the systemic character of a body of work that elsewhere in both the primary and secondary literature tends to be described, discussed and applied in fragmented and reductionist terms. The origins of “autopoietic theory” … Continue reading

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