With the underlying geometry of the space defined by the semi-symmetric metric connection (SSMC) having been explored, we’re now in a position to examine how Einstein derived his field equations for GR. We will be seeking to follow similar physically-motivated reasoning, such as he used for GR, in our search for candidate field equations which might add electromagnetism to GR based on the geometrical properties of the SSMC. Continue reading “The Semi-Symmetric Metric Connection – Part IV”
I recently recorded a podcast episode with Leslie Rosenblood of the Centre for Inquiry Canada, which produces the (aptly-named) Podcast for Inquiry.
Leslie has a wonderful ability to take conversations in new directions on the spur-of-the-moment. You can hear this in his other interviews, and in the way this one branched out several times. And also in how it tried to finish but couldn’t quite do so, the first time, no doubt due to my worrying that I had forgotten something I’d meant to speak about (the Sept 11 story).
Anyway, it was fun to do, and I hope that readers of this blog might find it useful. Sometimes it is much easier to hear someone speak about their subject than to simply read it. I hope you enjoy it.
Implementing the schema
In this post, we look more closely at how to implement the combined and refined OoK+UDC schema using physical note-cards. These will include both the standard note-bearing cards (zettels), as well as ancillary ‘structure’ cards which are used to organise and ‘situate’ the note-bearing cards within the overall knowledge structure defined by the OoK+UDC schema.
Continue reading “‘The Sum Total of All Human Knowledge’, Part VI”
Extending the schema
In this post we continue the process of refining the knowledge indexing schema based upon the Outline of Knowledge (OoK) and the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC), by now adding new categories to the framework through both combination and extension. This will bring the schema into a workable quasi-final form ready to be implemented.
Continue reading “‘The Sum Total of All Human Knowledge’, Part V”
Refining the schema
In the previous post in this series, we had arrived at the possibility of utilising a rigorous alphanumerical schema for indexing human knowledge based upon the temporal sequencing of the time-line of Cosmic Evolution and the through-line of Big History. This sequence was originally considered (Part I) as the most natural way to index knowledge disciplines, as it is both intuitively powerful (Part II), and based on the quasi-objective observable parameter of rising complexity over the course of cosmic time. Here we shall start to flesh out and fill in that indexing with an actual numerical scheme, based upon the final choice (Part III) of a combination of the Outline of Knowledge (OoK) from Encyclopedia Britannica (Adler 1994), and the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) (UDC Consortium 2022).
Continue reading “‘The Sum Total of All Human Knowledge’, Part IV”
Finding a schema
The quest to find a systematic knowledge organising schema—roughly aligned with the Cosmic Evolution timeline or Big History through-line—arose from the idea to go ‘full Zettelkasten’ on the many hundreds of notes I’ve accumulated over the years that are scattered about in various notebooks, electronic and physical, and scraps of paper filed in manilla folders languishing in various filing cabinet drawers. This is not only a useful and fun way to exercise one’s mind to try to keep it active, but is also a quite interesting exploratory research project to see just how far this wonderfully preposterous idea can be pushed. And it might even be of use to anyone else looking to use the Zettelkasten method for organising their research notes along the general lines being described in this series.
Continue reading “‘The Sum Total of All Human Knowledge’, Part III”
Scoping the territory
In the previous post in this series, we saw how the astronomer Carl Sagan outlined the process of “15 billion years of Cosmic Evolution” in the final episode of the TV series Cosmos (1980). He referred to our “tracing that long path” by which the “star stuff” of which we are made eventually arose to consciousness here on the Planet Earth, and how we have now begun “contemplating the stars” and to “wonder about our origins”. Elsewhere—indeed, in the opening segment of the very first episode of Cosmos—he observed that “we are a way for the Cosmos to know itself”. And it is to that Cosmos and our quest to make sense of and organise our knowledge about it, that we now turn.
Continue reading “‘The Sum Total of All Human Knowledge’, Part II”
Finding our place in space and time
As noted in the earlier post describing heuristic principles for scanning, for most of the run of the Master of Strategic Foresight at Swinburne we used to say—to new students starting in the first unit—that Futures Studies begins with ‘the sum total of all human knowledge’ (Hayward, Voros, and Morrow 2012, p184), before it then asks, whether implicitly or explicitly: “now what?” It would therefore seem to make sense, then, to have some way of organising the sum total of all human knowledge into some sort of more-or-less coherent schema, in order that one might begin to get to grips with what is, after all, merely the starting point of the vast multidisciplinary field of Futures Studies (FS).
Continue reading “‘The Sum Total of All Human Knowledge’, Part I”
‘From the pages of prospect’ – No. 11
[Originally published] Issue 10, December 2002
- [Intro to new format for prospect]
- [Description of selection criteria for inclusion of items (‘hits’) in the FPR strategic scanning database (SSD)]
- [Sign-off from FPR, editorship of prospect and authorship of the Snippets]
- [Ten scanning ‘hits’ from the SSD]
- Foresight Snippets, No. 25
Continue reading “Scanning Retrospective, No. 36”
‘From the pages of prospect’ – No. 10
[Originally published] Issue 9, September 2002
Special Issue – Environmental Scanning
- Environmental scanning
- Environmental scanning in four worlds
- Reframing environmental scanning
- Foresight Snippets, No. 24
Continue reading “Scanning Retrospective, No. 35”
‘From the pages of prospect’ – No. 9
[Originally published] Issue 8, June 2002
- Virtual schools
- The radical restructuring of higher education
- A choice of transformations for the 21st-Century university
- Foresight Snippets, No. 23
Continue reading “Scanning Retrospective, No. 34”
‘From the pages of prospect’ – No. 8
[Originally published] Issue 7, March 2002
- From The Herman Trend Alert:
- Metamorphosis of University Education
- Internationalisation of Education
- Upheaval in Education?
- The Futures of Universities
- Higher Education in the 21st Century
- Foresight Snippets, No. 22
Continue reading “Scanning Retrospective, No. 33”
‘From the pages of prospect’ – No. 7
[Originally published] Issue 6, December 2001
Special Issue – Preparing for the Swinburne Scenarios Project, 2002
- A Primer on Futures Studies, Foresight and the Use of Scenarios
- Envisioning (and Inventing) the Future
- Making the Future Visible: Psychology, Scenarios and Strategy
- From Scenario Thinking to Strategic Action
- The Swinburne Scenarios Project 2002
Continue reading “Scanning Retrospective, No. 32”
‘From the pages of prospect’ – No. 6
[Originally published] Issue 5, September 2001
- The Inevitability of a Business Model for Higher Education
- Trends Transforming the Universities of This Century
- Managerial Vision
- The Notion of Entrepreneurship: Historical and Emerging Issues
Continue reading “Scanning Retrospective, No. 31”
The final major piece of the scanning puzzle is the issue of timing: how often, or according to what sort of timetable, is the scanning in your organisation to be carried out? That question depends on how aware you want to be about what is going on in the external environment, and what your tolerance is for the risk of being blindsided out of existence by events or emerging issues in that environment. (TL;DR: serious preparation requires serious resourcing of the scanning system; no shortcuts or excuses will cut it. Reality cannot be fooled.)
Continue reading “‘Timing’ of scanning systems”
‘From the pages of prospect’ – No. 5
[Originally published] Issue 4, June 2001
- Linking Strategic Thinking with Strategic Planning
- Changing Ideas of the University
- Bridging the Divide
- Trend Alert: Recruiters Will Reach Into High Schools
Continue reading “Scanning Retrospective, No. 30”
‘From the pages of prospect’ – No. 4
[Originally published] Issue 3, March 2001
- Education: New Economy, New Challenges?
- Reshaping Universities for the Future
- Universal Tertiary Education
- Academic Entrepreneurship in Higher Education
Continue reading “Scanning Retrospective, No. 29”
‘From the pages of prospect’ – No. 3
[Originally published] Issue 2, Dec 2000
- Instititutional Entrepreneurship in Higher Education
- The Changing Research Environment
- Globalisation: a world without borders
- TAFE and university graduates – what’s the difference?
Continue reading “Scanning Retrospective, No. 28”
‘From the pages of prospect’ – No. 2
[Originally published] Issue 2, Dec 2000
- Vacation too wired? You’re not alone
- Railway web
- Federal Government removes tertiary ‘sectoral divide’
Continue reading “Scanning Retrospective, No. 27”
‘From the pages of prospect’ – No. 1
[Originally published] Issue 2, Dec 2000
From this post onwards, we now dip into the items that were published in the Foresight Bulletin, prospect, starting with issue 2, the first issue that I edited. Most will not be given in their entirety, since they were often full-length articles taken from journals, magazines or other long-form sources. Rather, it will be sufficient to just give the ‘flavour’ of the piece in order to see how well they have ‘aged’. Initially, there were a handful of Snippets-ish type items, but these soon gave way to longer-form articles.
- Ain’t no network strong enough
- Home is where the e-classroom is
- Internet contributes to rise of identity theft, FTC says
Continue reading “Scanning Retrospective, No. 26”