Routes Game – games

Ran across this odd breeding game: Breeder. It took me a bit to realize there’s a goal state that one’s trying to reach, but that makes choices more than just aesthetic.

They’ve got other stuff. And, it’s part of an 8 week long series:

“Routes is an eight week game from Channel 4 Education in association with the Wellcome Trust. Routes is live from January 26th through to March 26th, and during that time players will be invited into a world of genetics, evolution and the human genome.”

Holstic Design with Dr. Love at Schnitzer on Jan 15th at 7pm

Yeah, that’s not a porno, you perv.

Holistic Design
with Dr. Terence Love
Professor of Architecture, Design and Engineering, Curtin University

“Holistic design depends on the material opportunities but even more on our inner subjective, emotional life.”

7 pm, Thursday
January 15th, 2009

This is part of the Linus- Pauling Memorial Lectures 2008-2009 Science, Techonology and Society series through Portland State University.

Also, maybe even more intersesting, is the talk Dr. Love is giving at Systems Science on Tue, Jan 13 at noon. If you want to go to the Tuesday Noon talk you should RVSP to the coordinator Dawn. The Systems Science building is the Harder House on campus at 1604 SW 10th Avenue, and the talk will be in Room 104.

How to steal control of an organization: new Systems Science tools for CEOs, organizational strategists, technologists, activists and military strategists
Dr Terence Love

Management, government, military, terrorists, activists and unionists depend on their ability to achieve power and control. Typically, they do this by several conventional and well known modes of intervention such as the application of legal or military power.

This presentation describes several new and powerful systems theories and tools that offer another way that is new and can be undertaken without other participants necessarily being aware of the interventions or their implications.

These new theories and tools provide a means of power and control in complex socio-technical organizations ranging from nations to small social groups. They offer a means of doing this from a position of power, from an underdog position or from a position not institutionally involved in the organization.

The theories and tools described in the presentation provide a formal basis for making small hidden changes to systems that automatically play out over time to change the ownership of power and control.

The presentation will describe several new extensions to the work of Ashby on the Law of Requisite Variety that realign its role into social and organizational context involving power and provide a new systemic understanding of the approaches described by Nicolo Machiavelli. These tools were developed by Dr Terence Love and Dr Trudi Cooper as part of a project investigating the role of classic systems tools in the design of highly complex socio-technical systems.

Who is your Dada now?

Via Slashdot, there’s an article about some recent experimental results in quantum physics that push some surprising conclusions:

The result means that we must not only give up Einstein’s hope of “no spooky action at a distance,” we must also give up (some of) the idea that the world exists when we are not looking.

So one or both of realism or locality are “inconsistent” with quantum physics, where:

realism, meaning that reality exists when we are not observing it; and locality, meaning that separated events cannot influence one another instantaneously.

So, apparently the empiricists were right that reality exists through observation and Locke was right that time was a figment of human thought. In other words, the experimental results don’t make sense …

… unless certain intuitive features of realism are abandoned …

Do you see? It doesn’t make sense unless you give up on the idea that it makes sense. All Hail Eris! Descartes is the Devil!