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Censorship at the WonkRoom?

February 16th, 2010 · Comments Off

Lambert, DC Blogger and various commenters at Correntewire report an observed problem at The Wonk Room. Experience, tests, and screen shots indicate that the Wonk Room site is rejecting links to the PNHP and Health Care-Now web sites. Both sites advocate for enhanced Medicare for All, while the WonkRoom and its parent organization the Center [...]

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Tags: Politics

George Soros’s “New Paradigm:” Sequential and Simultaneous Reflexivity

July 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In this blog I continue my discussion of reflexivity by clarifying the differences between sequential and simultaneous reflexivity. If reflexivity is sequential, then the effects of our actions on the world and on our thinking at a later time, that is, “the interference” is sequential. Specifically, we cognize and come to an understanding of situation [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Making · Politics

George Soros’s “New Paradigm:” Defining Reflexivity

July 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

One of the concepts George Soros emphasizes the most is “reflexivity.” Here’s his presentation of the idea from The Age of Fallibility (pp. 6-7). ”On the one hand, we seek to understand our situation. I call this the cognitive function. On the other hand, we seek to make an impact on the world. I call [...]

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Tags: Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Making · Politics

George Soros’s “New Paradigm:” Fallibility

July 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

George Soros has written a number of very interesting and influential books over the past 20 years including, among others: The Alchemy of Finance, Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism, The Age of Fallibility, and The Crash of 2008 and What It Means. All of these present and apply a conceptual framework he has worked with [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Making · Politics

Black Swan Ideas: Platonic Folds, Platonicity, Randomness, Retrospective Distortion, and the Round-trip Fallacy

June 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Here’s more on ideas from Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s (NNT) The Black Swan, including discussions of Platonic folds, Platonicity, randomness as incomplete information, retrospective distortion, and the round-trip fallacy. Platonic Folds and Platonicity. NNT focuses a lot of attention on our tendency to view our concepts, models and representations as pure, sharp, crisp, abstract forms. A [...]

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Tags: Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management

Black Swan Ideas: Mediocristan, Extremistan, and Randomness

May 31st, 2009 · Comments Off

There’s a good reason why The Black Swan is a best seller. It’s written in a very lively style with great narratives, literary images, and vivid terms and phrases. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (NNT) talks about scalability, non-scalability, Extremistan, Mediocristan, the fallacy of silent evidence, confirmation error or platonic confirmation, epistemic arrogance, future blindness, the lottery-ticket [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management

Fallibility, Falsifiability, and Critical Rationality

April 5th, 2009 · Comments Off

In a Thought Leader piece in the February 2009 issue of Inside Knowledge, Neil Olonoff made a case for the importance of recognizing that all our knowledge is uncertain, that we in Knowledge Management should have no hesitation in admitting uncertainty, and since we “live in a world of uncertainty, we should use that truth [...]

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A Brief Note on Fallibilism, and Popperian Falsificationism

February 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Since Karl Popper’s views on objective knowledge and scientific “logic” seem to be gaining a little traction in KM these days, I think it may be a good idea to offer a clear statement about his views on fallibilism and falsificationism, especially since I agree with them. Fallibilism is the idea that no knowledge claim, [...]

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KMCI On-Line Press Publishes Ground-breaking Paper on the Foundations of Organizational Knowledge

February 18th, 2009 · Comments Off

February 17, 2009. Alexandria, VA — EIS and KMCI are proud to announce the release of a new White Paper co-authored by Richard A. Vines of Project Lessons – Strategic Solutions of Melbourne Australia, William P. Hall of the Australian Centre for Science, Innovation, and Society, Melbourne, Australia, and Luke Naismith of Knowledge Futures, of [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management

KM 2.0 and Knowledge Management: Part Thirteen, John Tropea and the Nature of Knowledge

September 19th, 2008 · 5 Comments

This entry continues the discussion of John Tropea’s “Knowledge Management as an Ecosystem.” In Part Twelve, I reviewed and critiqued a portion of the presentation up through the discussion of “the new KM.” Here, I’ll focus on John’s treatment of “the nature of knowledge” and in my next blog I’ll discuss his characterization of KM [...]

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Tags: Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · KM 2.0 · Knowledge Management