Archive for the ‘complex systems’ Category

To Pragmaticism and Beyond: The Emergence of Meaning in Complex Systems

The central topic for this post is to sketch out a program for developing a new theory of meaning. In short, my hypothesis is this: a) semantics provides a theory of representation and truth; b) semiotics provides a theory signs and their interpretation; c) pragmaticism defines the effect of a conception on other objects as the whole of the conception; and d) meaning emerges in a complex system through the convergence of relational properties and domain knowledge.

Complex Systems Road Trip

It was years in the making, but I finally made it to the New England Complex Systems Institute last week for CX201 – Complex Physical, Biological and Social Systems. My interest in complex systems started in or around 2000 when I was living near Cambridge and stumbled upon NECSI. At that time there was an active discussion of Peirce’s firstness, secondness and thirdness on the NECI listserv and this became my introduction to Peirce’s philosophy.

The Fourth Natural Law of Federation: The Law of Limits

The new year’s here and with the passing of 2007, its time for me to add a new law to the Natural Laws of Federation called The Law of Limits. These laws are just thought a experiment, but adding The Law of Limits says a lot about what I’ve come to believe after having the opportunity to closely study ontology, logic, semiotics, category theory, complex systems over the past few years. Before you read the Law of Limits, I highly recommend #3 of the Ten Predictions from Stevey’s Drunken Blog Rants which inspired the Law of Limits.