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CATEGORY: It From Bit or Bit From It? Essay Contest (2013) [back]
TOPIC: IT AND BIT by Helmut Alfred von Schweitzer [refresh]
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Author Helmut Alfred von Schweitzer wrote on Jun. 30, 2013 @ 14:58 GMT
Essay Abstract

In communications IT may symbolize creativity and design. Bit may symbolize symbols and systems.IT is about human relations. BIT is about human-designed systemic structures.Combined they evolve human communications. Languages as systems reduce thoughts and feelings to oral or written communications using ranges of symbolic, commonly understood denominators or words.Dispersed human knowledge evolves optimally in an open market society. Physics evolved through widening knowledge horizons from astrology to all visible, invisible and even hypothetical objects of the vocabulary.Physics identifies matter as bi-polar balanced-energy sub-atomic structures.Nuclear energy has become the prime test of human survival. Science aims at good explanations. Neither evolution nor science predetermines the future.Theoretical physics is increasingly engaged in hypothetical contentions apart from the basic fixed context great natural laws. Physics-based technologies, like the net, mobiles, digitalization and space-travel are forcing the evolving pace. Only evolution can be an over-riding explanation.Evolution explains the universe and life as naturaly evolving through discoverable, irresversible emergence. Its future is unforeseeable. Evolutios a creating and selecting is a bi-polar force. Historically evolution has been increasingly dominated and speeded up by the evolution of life and humanity in particular.Such evolutionary energy can only be sustained through equally growing human fitness to survive and evolve. Communicability is becoming the primary medium of realizing and influencing this evolutionary thrust. Language is the primary medium of explanatory evolution. Language, as the test-bed of communications, reflects the human problems of learning and comprehending. It reflects particularly the need to find ways to express the evolutionary dynamics in more explanatory ways. Calculus and comparative statics are a beginning.Bi-polar range analysis, as explained, can become the methodological way forward for adequately explaining evolutionary problem solving.

Author Bio

Helmut Alfred von Schweitzer born 14.05.1926 in Krems, Austria, married, 5 children, British subject. B.Sc.(Econ) LSE, 1952, Carterd Certified Accountant, 1957, MBA (WBS) 1983, Certified Internal Auditor (1988), Ph. D. research: The effectiveness of management literature, since 2006. Manufacturing entrepreneur in Johannesburg SA since 1991; Executive, PG-Glass Group SA and USA, 1976-1991; Sewnior Management Control Analyst, ITT, New York, 1971-1975. From start to General Manager, John Lewis Stores, London,1949-1975. Heading voluntary Wits Business School Alumni Association, 1984- 2002. Founding Director, Institute of Internal Auditors-South Africa, 1982-1992; Honorary Life Member. International IIA Director (Orlando Florida), 1987-1993.

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Manuel S Morales wrote on Jul. 1, 2013 @ 14:25 GMT
Helmut,

I like your position you have taken with evolutionary problem solving for indeed 'knowledge' is only about what we know today. I am pleased to rate you paper on its merits and wish you well with your entry.

I believe you will find my essay relative to your interests as well and I would appreciate your review. If you wish to do so it can be found here: http://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/1809

Regards,

Manuel

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Akinbo Ojo wrote on Jul. 2, 2013 @ 09:25 GMT
Hi Helmut,

An enjoyable essay to read, even though it is more of a literary work on evolution and language than physics. That's my opinion. Having said that I highlighted the following lines in your essay, which I found interesting:

- Science aims at good explanations.

- Nought and one by themselves are just symbols. In systematic combinations their difference makes the...

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Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Jul. 2, 2013 @ 09:41 GMT
Dear Herr Schweitzer,

I enjoyed reading your essay touching on many interesting subjects. You could have entitled it "Out Of My Life and Thought" but the title was already used by Albert Schweitzer for a book I enjoyed and admired as a child!

Within the context of this contest your essay may have been off-topic, but it has undeniable value to lift our minds and spirits from engaging with the purely physical - and at a scale of 'bit and its' far beyond human experience - to look beyond our computer screens and consider our place in this world at this truly amazing period in human history and -as you put it - the evolution of evolution.

With best wishes

Vladimir Tamari

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Jul. 2, 2013 @ 09:42 GMT
Dear Helmut,

You have a wide knowledge and experience. you are correct, science is not going to predict things as Astrology does.

I am requesting you to go through my essay also. And I take this opportunity to say, to come to reality and base your arguments on experimental results.

I failed mainly because I worked against the main stream. The main stream community people want...

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Hoang cao Hai wrote on Jul. 3, 2013 @ 04:28 GMT
Dear Uncle Helmut

An issue very close to reality, I will rating after know more your particular perspective about "innovation" - than my essay.

To change the atmosphere "abstract" of the competition and to demonstrate for the real preeminent possibility of the Absolute theory as well as to clarify the issues I mentioned in the essay and to avoid duplicate questions after receiving...

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James Lee Hoover wrote on Jul. 3, 2013 @ 19:22 GMT
Helmut,

If given the time and the wits to evaluate over 120 more entries, I have a month to try. My seemingly whimsical title, “It’s good to be the king,” is serious about our subject.

Jim

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Joe Fisher wrote on Jul. 5, 2013 @ 16:31 GMT
Helmut,

This was a very interesting essay.

Joe

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Michael Alexeevich Popov wrote on Jul. 16, 2013 @ 11:32 GMT
Dear Helmut,

I have some doubts on 'In physics everything is basically bi-polar energy '? As is known, Levi-Strauss, founder of French structuralism ,showed that the whole structure of primitive thought is binary as well. However, tendency to operate with binary counters in all situations in physics could be understood also as taking simplification seriously ?

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Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Jul. 18, 2013 @ 01:58 GMT
Dear Herr Schweitzer. Hello, and apologies if this does not apply to you. I have read and rated your essay and about 50 others. If you have not read, or did not rate my essay The Cloud of Unknowing please consider doing so. With best wishes.

Vladimir

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john stephan selye wrote on Aug. 2, 2013 @ 02:00 GMT
Having read so many insightful essays, I am probably not the only one to find that my views have crystallized, and that I can now move forward with growing confidence. I cannot exactly say who in the course of the competition was most inspiring - probably it was the continuous back and forth between so many of us. In this case, we should all be grateful to each other.

If I may, I'd like to...

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Héctor Daniel Gianni wrote on Aug. 2, 2013 @ 22:31 GMT
DearHelmut Alfred von Schweitzer:

I am an old physician and I don’t know nothing of mathematics and almost nothing of physics,

But maybe you would be interested in my essay over a subject which after the common people, physic discipline is the one that uses more than any...

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Cristinel Stoica wrote on Aug. 7, 2013 @ 07:45 GMT
Hi, votes are vanishing again.

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Paul Borrill wrote on Aug. 7, 2013 @ 19:24 GMT
Dear Helmut,

I have now finished reviewing all 180 essays for the contest and appreciate your contribution to this competition.

I have been thoroughly impressed at the breadth, depth and quality of the ideas represented in this contest. In true academic spirit, if you have not yet reviewed my essay, I invite you to do so and leave your comments.

You can find the latest version of my essay here:

http://fqxi.org/data/forum-attachments/Borrill-TimeOne-
V1.1a.pdf

(sorry if the fqxi web site splits this url up, I haven’t figured out a way to not make it do that).

May the best essays win!

Kind regards,

Paul Borrill

paul at borrill dot com

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