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371. Entropy of
markets Concerning entropy in markets, economics is
ambivalent. For the economist the essence of the market is competition, and in
what the economist calls ‘perfect competition’ there are many alternative
products with the same function, tha...
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370. Entropy Carlo Rovelli [i] proposed that much of the wondrous complexity of quantum physics can be captured
with information theory (which isn’t really a theory, but a method). Here I
consider whether that ‘theory’ might also help to understand humanity...
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369. In interaction
ambiguity shrinks I think that in
present times one should try to have an ontology that also covers the wondrous
world of quantum physics. What am I up against there? I
am not sure. There are several interpretations of quantum theory tha...
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368. A theory of everything The totality of things: humans, nature, physical
objects, and ideas, folds into itself, churns and changes. It would be nice to
have a model that explains the whole. Such as in physics Boyle’s law that explains
the relation betwe...
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367. From tribes to systems and back again One form of collaboration is based on mutual
dependence, with a shared fate, in long-lasting, highly personalized
relationships, with a shared ethic of mutual support and altruism. It can only
exist on a small scal...
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366. How to extend the boundaries of trust In item 205 of this blog I discussed the phenomenon of
‘parochial altruism’ and in 208 its implication for the integration of
refugees. To recall: there is altruism within the group at the cost of
suspicion and dis...
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365. System
tragedy, populism and conspiracy of the elite In this blog,
in items 109, 159, 187, I discussed what I called ‘system tragedy’. In many
areas of society, such as banking, education, housing corporations, health
care, defence, policy makers get e...
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364. Dynamic ontology In this last item of the present series on ontology, I
summarize the ontology that I propose. For this I use a few formulas. Ont. (Ontology) = Ob (Objects) + C (Change) Ob = I (inside) x O (outside) As noted by Harman [i] ,
science is ...
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363. The causality of concepts In preceding items in this blog I adopted ideas from
‘object-oriented ontology’ (3O). An object has an inside, of components that
cohere in some way, with a certain endurance in time and across conditions, and
it has an outsid...
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362. Relational ontology I argue for a
dynamic, relational ontology, where objects develop in relations with other
objects that form, enable, object and oppose each other, in relations. Andrew Benjamin
also argued for a relational ontology [i] .
He posited ...
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