It’s a terribly chilly day here in Olympia. I’ve spent most of the day at my desk, drinking puerh tea, brow furrowed in intense contemplation over some aspects of my developing thesis. I’m exploring the question of the contribution of ethnobotanical knowledge & practices to public health and I face a number of challenges. And [...]
Lately I’ve been really curious about what’s considered innovative in mainstream healthcare. I have my views and visions for what I think are good next steps for a sound health system–one based in communities and ecosystems, that takes into account ecological and animal health, based on positive health principles and prevention. But hey, that’s me, [...]
To my delight, I’ve found a 3-part article that actually addresses the systems view of biological systems in relation to medicine practice and design. As much as I’d like to keep this blog focused strictly on traditional Western herbal practice, my work in systems theory is just bound to creep in at some point. This [...]
I wrote this piece exclusively for the March 2010 issue of Second Nature Journal of RMIT’s School of Media and Communication in Melbourne. The theme of the issue is Superhuman: Revolution of the Species. I will post a link when it’s released. Enjoy! Humans. I can go on forever wondering about them. In my mind [...]
Cesar Hidalgo is a Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Development. Over the years he’s done a lot with applying the science of networks to the global economy (and mapping product spaces of various nations and states) and researched mobility in networks. But what really has me excited is how he approaches networks [...]
Also posted in Art
Tagged complexity, networks
According to Paul Ehrlich, the key limiting factor for human development on this planet as a whole is the inability for our environment to handle our waste products. Watch the video at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Thought provoking, whether you agree or disagree with him.
This is a review I wrote last year about their book The Subsistence Perspective: Beyond the Globalized Economy for the Center for World Indigenous Studies’ quarterly journal The Fourth World Journal. It’s a little scholarly but don’t let that deter you. Reading about global economics can be intimidating. Attempting to understanding it and possible alternative [...]
Edward Tufte, lovingly called a “Pioneer of Visual Data Analysis,” is an artist and statistician at Yale University. His sensitivity in the areas of visual literacy has provoked a number of works that are reshaping the dialogue on how information is expressed and presented.
I’ve been wanting to write about this book for a while. The author, John Bodley, presents the idea that there is a maximum number of interpersonal interactions that one person can grasp. Any systems (or societies) that are larger than that become too big and unmanageable to be efficient. In his words, the majority of [...]
Also posted in Books, Reviews
Tagged scale, societies
The current research paradigm in the West still glows with the logical empiricism of early 20th century thought, divided into qualitative and quantitative research. Very limited methods of measurement and analysis are accepted. Thus, Science is rather lopsided, as it’s only getting one part of the story.
Also posted in Originals