Sunday, December 18, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
This Popular Science Article explains how Chinese researchers added Titanium dioxide to cotton wich actually breaks down stains and sanitizes bacteria when exposed to sunlight!
This would save lots of quarters from the laundry days across the world.
Monday, December 12, 2011
"Cloud seeding, involving the injection of silver iodide particles into the atmosphere, helped clear some of the pollution from Beijing before the 2008 Olympics. But it does not always go so well. This time, cloud seeding is necessary to make actual rain, authorities said."
“Because clouds are boundless, weather control is boundless."
Anyway, it was a great class and a great semester!
Organisms. Social Systems. Ecosystems Crisis of Perception
Solutions require a radical shift of perceptions, thinking, and values. Now we are at that change. Problems cannot be understood in isolation. Systemic problems interconnected and interdependent. Social institutions teach concepts of outdated worldviews. Political leaders not aware of problems or how “solutions” will affect future generations
“A sustainable society is one that satisfies its needs without diminishing he prospects of future generations.” Lester Brown
Changes and revolutionary breaks = “Paradigm Shift”
Social Paradigm: Community which forms a vision of reality, which is the basis of the way the community organizes itself.
Ex Females subsumed by Male concept
Holistic Worldview: Seeing earth/the universe as an integrated whole (sees bike + parts)
Shallow Ecology: anthropocentric (human-centered) Views people above all nature, source of all value ascribes “use” as only value to nature
Deep Ecology: Does not separate people or anything from natural environment. Recognizes all intrinsic value in the web of life. Has a spiritual awareness too?
Dominator System Examples: Patriarchy, Imperialism, Captalism, Racism…Antiecological. New shift could happen if only leaders could be changed/converted
Ecological view considers Bike + parts, natural and social environments, where materials come from, how it’s manufactured, how it affects the natural environment and community
Need balance of self assertiveness and integratedness. See Thinking and Values table pg 10
Atoms, subatomic particle, discovery in quantum physics led to P.shift
PartsàWhole-Wrong. WholeàParts-Yes. Ability to shift attention between systemic levels (properties of levels emergent). Contextual and Environmental thinking. There are no parts, only patterns of inseparable relationships. Properties of parts only understood in context of a larger whole
Ludwig Von Bertalanffy-1940s-Russia: Took 1st crucial step in recognizing that living organisms are open systems that cannot be described by classical thermodynamics. First formulation of comprehensive theoretical framework describing principles of organization of a living system (tektology)
“Visual Perception is the Door to understanding organic form” pg 21
3 Living Systems: Organisms, Part of Organisms, Community of Organisms. All interrelated and inseparable
Holistic: understands bike as a whole (pedalànot a bike)
Ecology: Bike rideràenergy spent Environment Commute Raw Materials etc
Find/Do something we didn’t know we needed
99% of things are made up. “Feeling” objects is an illusion. Atoms repel each other so you never touch, keeps you and objects from merging or going through each other.
Chaotic Pendulum/Oscillations Theory: repeated and somewhat opposing viewpoints we move between culturally
Matter (substance)/Form (pattern, structure, shape, thing) There is a continual flux of matter through a living organism
Cartesian Mechanism 1500-1600s = Man as a machine
Organic, living, spiritual world replaced by machine
Copernicus, Galileo Galilee, Rene Decartes, Bacon, Newton, William Harvey, Antoine Lavoisier (1700s) Father of Modern Chemistry
Right genetic variance at the right environmental circumstance. Production: Making more species. Genetic mutation. Genetic Drift. Environmental factors. Random Mating (Dumb and Desperate)
Sunday, December 11, 2011
the minute ch. 5 put this together for me (in the web of life.... ch 5...) - it's all i can think about. Of course there is order after disorder.. but disorder causes development in a self organized system. it's the little spurs that come off the cyclical systems that create the fractal form.....
Friday, December 9, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Globalization-overarching term for new social structures, technology, economies, and cultures world-wide
The Case Against the Global Economy
The Rise of the Network Society ….facebook etc
For the first time the world is organized around a common set of economic rules stemming from capitalism
Forum 2000- Leaders discuss problems, politics, globalization, ethics
Common characteristic of globalization-Global information/communications network ….the internet!
New technological advances aid in globalization through communicative means, but also through the ability to transfer money faster and easier.
Core economic activities are now global. Innovation is the main source of competition and productivity. Knowledge generation and information processing is largely structured around networks of financial flows.
Experiencing increasing virtuality of finances and products
Markets are now influenced by computer processed/enacted investment strategies
2 trillion dollars exchange a day in global currency markets