Daily Archives: April 10, 2013

The day the middle class will rise up

When the middle classes revolt, our political leaders will realise that they have been sitting on a powder keg, warns Polish philosopher Marcin Król. In the absence of any prospect of social advancement, they may choose revolution as a last … Continue reading

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Young people scarred by unemployment

Young people who have been unemployed are scarred by the experience. The younger they are, the more likely they are to be jobless later in life. Young employees can be badly affected by a period of unemployment. A new study … Continue reading

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The emergence and role of strong ties in time-varying communication networks

In most social, information, and collaboration systems the complex activity of agents generates rapidly evolving time-varying networks. Temporal changes in the network structure and the dynamical processes occurring on its fabric are usually coupled in ways that still challenge our … Continue reading

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El compromís de l’intellectual – Paul Baran

Què és un intel·lectual? La resposta més òbvia, probablement, seria aquesta: una persona que treballa amb el seu intel·lecte, que es guanya la vida (o, si no s’ha de preocupar d’aquestes coses, que satisfà els seus interessos) amb el cervell … Continue reading

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Complexity and the philosophy of becoming

This paper introduces Deleuze’s philosophy of becoming in system theoretic terms and proposes an alternative ontological foundation to the study of systems and complex systems in particular. A brief critique of system theory and difficulties apparent in it is proposed … Continue reading

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Complexity and Philosophy

The science of complexity is based on a new way of thinking that stands in sharp contrast to the philosophy underlying Newtonian science, which is based on reductionism, determinism, and objective knowledge. This paper reviews the historical development of this … Continue reading

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Complexity Theory and the Philosophy of Education

Complexity theory offers some useful insights into the nature of continuity and change and is thus of considerable interest in both the philosophical and practical understanding of educational and institutional change. Complexity theory’s notion of emergence implies that, given a … Continue reading

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Blueprints for Complex Learning

Complex learning is always involved with achieving integrated sets of learning goals — multiple performance objectives. It has little to do with learning separate skills in isolation, but it is foremost dealing with learning to coordinate and integrate the separate … Continue reading

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