Archive for the ‘science’ Category

In Search of a Paradigm: The Science of Methods

Some 42 years after Winston Royce published Managing the Development of Large Software Projects we are still in search of a paradigm. It’s unlikely we’ll find one like the natural sciences, but with the excellent foundation provided by SEMAT I have defined here the minimal parts of a science of methods. The science of methods does not preclude social engineering in software engineering. We simply ask from ourselves, what we’d ask from others.

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.

Signs of the Singularity and Why Chris Anderson and Nicholas Carr Won’t Make the Next Cut

I noticed a similarity recently in posts from Chris Anderson and Nicholas Carr. Over the past few months both of these widely read authors published a thought provoking post that calls into question humanity’s stewardship of knowledge in today’s 2.0 world. And each post contains signs of the singularity. Read on brave traveler, but don’t forget to bring your towel !

Anderson, in The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete, postulates a world of technological utopianism without realism.