Monthly Archives: December 2015

Designing Evolvable and Self-Organizing Systems

As technology continues to integrate with business systems the complexity of internal systemic interactions as well as those with the environment become harder to model with the extant techniques. This can largely be attributed to “emergent” qualities that become more … Continue reading

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Technology’s Role as an Evolutionary Bridge

If we accept language as the basis of our experience, – that is it acts in the linguistic domain that mediates experience at the autopoieitic boundary (autonomy-dependency paradox) – then we may define technology as the mechanism by which that … Continue reading

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Ontological Design & Cognitive Plasticity

Winograd and Flores in their book Computers and Cognition propose that technology design should be concerned primarily with Ontological Design. This is the designing of a way of being, not only concerned with aesthetics, ergonomics and experience but directly with … Continue reading

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Hierarchy is Detrimental for Human Cooperation

Studies of animal behavior consistently demonstrate that the social environment impacts cooperation, yet the effect of social dynamics has been largely excluded from studies of human cooperation. Here, we introduce a novel approach inspired by nonhuman primate research to address … Continue reading

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Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential of the Adolescent Brain

It has become a cultural cliché that raising adolescents is the most difficult part of parenting. It’s common to joke that when kids are in their teens they are sullen, uncommunicative, more interested in their phones than in their parents … Continue reading

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Cultural Political Economy and Critical Policy Studies

This article introduces cultural political economy as a distinctive approach in the social sciences, including policy studies. The version presented here combines critical semiotic analysis and critical political economy. It grounds its approach to both in the practical necessities of … Continue reading

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How to help every Child fulfil their Potential

Ever wondered why kids say they’re bored at school, or why they stop trying when the work gets harder? Educationalist Carol Dweck explains how the wrong kind of praise actually *harms* young people. This short video is essential viewing for … Continue reading

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Radical Education Now

If we want our children to become independent minded, creative and critical people then we need to run conferences, work-shops and other spaces where the imperatives of the current system can be carefully questioned and analysed. Instead of presuming that … Continue reading

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Cultural Psychology: a once and future discipline

This book is an attempt to answer two questions: “Why do psychologists find it so difficult to keep culture in mind?” and “If you are a psychologist who believes that culture is a fundamental constituent of human thought and action, … Continue reading

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