Ludwig von Bertalanffy

 passages from General System Theory by Ludwig Von Bertalanffy (1968) Note Ludwig von Bertalanffy (1901-1972) has been on of the most acute minds of the XX century. Here is a miscellanea of passages from his General System Theory. The first part of the text focuses on the function of the theory of systems and on the main features of closed and open systems. The second part presents a […]


As found in N.R. Hanson, Patterns of Discovery. (Cambridge University Press, London, 1961.)   [Induction] sets out with a theory and it measures the degree of concordance of that theory with fact. It never can originate any idea whatever. No more can Deduction. All the ideas of science come to it by way of Abduction. Abduction consists in studying facts and devising a theory to explain them. Its […]

The Juggler’s Brain

The Juggler’s Brain …the Net delivers precisely the kind of sensory and cognitive stimuli – repetitive, intensive, interactive, addictive – that have been shown to result in strong and rapid alterations in brain circuits and functions.  With the exception of alphabets and number systems, the Net may well be the single most powerful mind-altering technology that has ever come into general use. …The Net commands our attention with […]

The Fragility of Information by Eric Stauffer

Erich Stauffer June 4, 2015 By Erich Stauffer The Fragility of Information How stable is the state of information storage on the planet today? How much do you know about the life of your great grandfather? How much of your own past would you remember if you lost all access to your personal data? And how likely is it that all of the world’s information could be lost? […]

Aristotle on the Nature of Truth

The investigation of the truth is in one way hard, in another easy. An indication of this is found in the fact that no one is able to attain the truth adequately, while on the other hand, we do not collectively fail, but evey one says something true about the nature of things, and while individually we contribute little or nothing t the truth, by the union of […]