Perhaps you’ve heard me share this reasoning already:

Economists almost universally decry monopoly as a recipe for inefficiency and as discouraging of innovation. By this reasoning, should not Economics, the discipline itself, have at least one competitor? Enter GST (general systems theory).

That GST would compete with Economics is innovation on my part. The balance of the historical record shows at least that they’re related, perhaps to effect some positive synergy. But then effecting syntropy is my goal also.

The notion of “system” owes a lot to thermodynamics, a branch of physics. We speak of “systems” as open or closed…


[ originally developed on invitation, for the Citizendium Wiki, to get the the ball rolling on a more up to date Python article ]


[ from the TrimTab Book Club discussion listserv, edited for Television ]

Sep 17, 2021, 9:50 PM (14 hours ago) Kirby wrote:

Compare these two statements:

1. Buckminster Fuller discovered the geometry of nature (which isn’t to say others haven’t also discovered it).

2. Buckminster Fuller helped popularize the geometry that nature actually uses, as discovered by Linus Pauling et al.

The first assertion would be considered vast overreach by most, but the more generous will agree: sure, Fuller’s Synergetics reflects an emerging awareness, increasing throughout the 1900s, of what nature’s structural strategies might be.

So what is this geometry…


Investments, etymologically the clothes you put on, typically “belong” to some investor, an entity with the power to confer ownership.

This conferring of ownership, often for a price, requires a strong sense of ownership in the first place, which is where the ability to investment comes in.

If a service, commodity, or resource has a price tag, then likely there’s a way to aggregate it into “futures” i.e. the right to buy said goods at some locked in price down the road.

How does “ownership” work with regard to intellectual property? A patent troll may amass ownership rights, with the…


In quoting Emerson, about poetry saying “more with less” the latter day New England Transcendentalist, Buckminster Fuller (great nephew of Margaret Fuller, Dial editor and international correspondent) circles what we might call the “child’s eye view”; less cluelessly naive, or uninformed, than penetrating, to the point.

Children see through a lot of adult obfuscations sometimes. Unpoetic language comes caked in cruft.

“To be poetic is to have both a child’s eye and gift for self expression” would be the thesis here. Fuller set up this identification while adding resistance to “creative” as in “to be poetic is to be creative”.


One could take a title like that in a number of directions. OS = Operating System, if you didn’t know.

What this essay is about is: “time management” and the realization that pondering your own time management problems, and those of an operating system, is a way to develop a head for computer systems, often a useful end goal in itself, in a civilization wherein computer fluency is becoming ubiquitous (because computers are).

An operating system has the job of task switching. You know how onerous that can be, from experience. You’re deeply immersed in such and such a task…


As some of my readers already know, a represent a network of secluded boarding schools, doubling as Transcendentalist communities, hearkening back to experiments in community in New England, pre the USA Civil War. You may remember studying these folk in high school, as Emerson and Thoreau, Walt Whitman, serve to anchor this literary period.

The German language philosopher Nietzsche found lots to like in Emerson, looking back, and decided to use this diamond in the rough, this rustic American, as a model for his Zarathustra character. Did Nietzsche ever read Whitman? My search engine brings up comparisons only.

These boarding…


Me to CJ (SNEC etc.), on Facebook:

Yes, I appreciate your weaving the Bucky stuff with other thinkers. I’ve been doing that too, focusing to start with on some of his close collaborators. Kiyoshi branches out to the whole civil rights movement, while Applewhite connects me to the world of crystallographers (Ed had a lot of respect for Bernal). Then comes the Wittgenstein bit, and meaning as use, not as pointing to “stuff out there”.

I think I’ve done a great job, along with Koski, getting the concentric hierarchy put back on its pedestal, as a core piece of statuary…


More political analysis. Vis-a-vis Neera Tanden, I’m seeing a lot of sharp lines separating what I call NPR Liberals (includes Clintonistas), and ex Air America Radio Lefties (Chris Hedges, Ralph Nader), a lot of ’em on RT nowadays (even Larry King ended up there, bless his heart).

Different places on the radio dial.

NPR Liberals aren’t about to stand up to their pet Biden Administration on matters of foreign policy, because hey, Daddy CIA (British accent) is protecting us from Evil Russia and we all like to sound intelligent, as in “intelligence community”.

Questioning Empire is just too exhausting and…


In the Wittgensteinian Tradition

Once upon a time, a seafaring tribe, the Trims, were into fishing, sailing, and weaving nets.

They had a specific way of multiplying, passed down from one generation to the next.

“Three by five” would mean the surface area between two edges of length three and five, with a sixty degree angle between them. The resulting area: fifteen triangular units.

Or take “six by two” as shown below. The units of area are the small triangles at any corner. They tile the entire surface.

The green triangle consists of an area equal to twelve of these units. The two edges…

Kirby Urner

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