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When: Friday, May 6th!
      4-4:30 informal discussion
      4:30-5:30 main discussion
      5:30-6 informal discussion

Where: Harder House (S.W. 10th & Market, Portland), Room 104

Returning to our non-living systems homeostasis controversy (!), we'll discuss section 4.6 of "From Clocks to Chaos" by Leon Glass and Michael Mackey.  Here is a PDF of that section:

Because that may not be enough for some readers, here are two related papers of interest:

A Mathematical Model of Hematopoiesis by Colijn and Mackey:


Organization for Physiological Homeostasis by Walter Cannon
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Based on last month's conversation, wherein several topics danced around a core theme, we've somewhat arbitrarily chosen this article to discuss:

  Biological homeostasis of the global environment: the parable of Daisyworld
  Andrew Watson and James E. Lovelock

The several topics included distinguishing engineering vs science, intervention vs objectivity, emergence vs reductionism, and living vs non-living.  All these topics dance around a core theme of systems science, that of feedback and [self]regulation.  There are a huge number of relevant articles we could discuss.  And hopefully, we'll get to them.  But Daisyworld might help set a reasonably available foundation that is also fun to argue about.

Here's the wikipedia article:

And here are some extra articles that may help us estimate where the conversation might go.  There's no expectations of anyone reading these (yet).  They're just here for reference.

  1) From Clocks to Chaos: The Rhythms of Life
     Glass and Mackey

  2) Researchers find the tipping point between resilience and collapse in complex systems
     Here's the actual publication:

  3) A history of chaos theory
     Christian Oestreicher

  4) Life is more than a computer running DNA software
     František Baluška and Guenther Witzany

  5) Homeodynamics in the Game of Life
     Keisuke Suzuki and Takashi Ikegami
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Psychology needs a model, a unifying theory to tie together its research and reduce the proliferation of disconnected terms and dead-end theories.  Cognitive network theory occupies the place where we would expect to find such a model, right between behavior and the brain.


But can it deliver?


As a test case, we will look at the cognitive biases popularized by the bestselling book, Thinking Fast and Slow.  Can network theory shed light on our biases?  The answer may surprise you.


Come and share your thoughts and questions in an open discussion of what may become the dominant approach to psychology in the 21st century.


No prior knowledge of networks or psychology is required.


Your Presenter

Pete Albert, M.A., did unpublished research in neuroscience for the National Science Foundation while a psychology student at Reed College.  He applied cognitive psychology while working as an addiction counselor and as an educator.  In Seattle, he produced and hosted a live cable access show called Smoke Quit.  This is his fifth presentation for the Cascade Systems Society.  The first was Psychology and Global Warming.
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Room 104
URL for remote participation:

Discussion Leader:  Brian Richardson

Brian will describe the collaborative process of building the Church of
Robotron (CoR) art installation.  He'll explain all the separate pieces
involved and how they interact.  Robotron is an arcade game and the CoR
is a spoof of a religion surrounding the game.  The art installation
involves various devices, including playable Robotron games, integrated
with the game play.  Finally, he'll talk about the reactions it generated.


Brian Richardson is a hacker that makes toys by day and creates
technology-based art by night.
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We normally do not put personal posts on this page, as they can be complicated matters and usually do not pertain to CyanogenMod news. That said, something is affecting us in a way it really hasn’t affected us before, and it’s hitting very close to home.

Within CyanogenMod, we have dozens of maintainers and hundreds of contributors; none of whom are paid employees. Yes, we get donations, but despite the jokes of yachts, helicopters, and private planes, it is really just enough to cover operating costs for servers and hosting. Occasionally, there is enough leftover in the team account to buy a device for a developer. What we are getting at here is that CyanogenMod is not rich.

There are, however, times where we wish that we were a full fledged company. It’d be nice if CM could pay for some full-time positions or help out team members when they are in need. Currently, we are experiencing a painful reminder of this limitation.

A member has had a pretty serious problem fall into his lap. +Ryan Scott (aka ChiefzReloaded), a device maintainer, has a rare infection known as Necrotizing Fasciitis. This infection is caused by bacteria that eats skin, fat, and other tissue; it is literally a flesh-eating disease. Ryan is going through the treatments that he needs to keep him alive, but unfortunately, that treatment quickly becomes very expensive to deal with, and it is no exception for Ryan. This disease has placed an incredible strain on him and his family, including his young children. The CyanogenMod team would love to be able to hand out a fistful of cash and help out as much as possible.

Love from the Community
Some members of our community have started a few initiates to benefit Ryan and his family. As we are unable to help out financially, we would like to lend our support for these community initiatives, and help spread the word.

+Polo Heysquierdo has started an Indiegogo page for Ryan at This page has some more details on Ryan’s condition and a method for you to help the effort.

Additionally, a huge community favorite and someone who the CyanogenMod team loves, +Deth Becomes You has started an auction with proceeds aimed at helping out Ryan.

And last, but not least, you can send donations and words of support to Ryan directly via paypal.

We understand that not everyone can help, but even if you can’t, sending Ryan and his family some kind words and sharing this message will go equally as far.

Thank You,
The CyanogenMod Team
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Room 104
Speaker: Don D Davis

This talk is a discourse on failure and learning through failure.

I go through the process of looking at what I wanted and what I got, and then how I made the best of a complete catastrophe.

In the process I not only discuss ways to improve the existing (and extremely popular) Arduino/Wiring/Maple codebase but also demonstrate some of the more sophisticated capabilities of a now more than 30 year old standard:  midi

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