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CATEGORY: How Should Humanity Steer the Future? Essay Contest (2014) [back]
TOPIC: System Focus and Balancing Bi-Polar orientation by Helmut Alfred von Schweitzer [refresh]
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Author Helmut Alfred von Schweitzer wrote on Apr. 15, 2014 @ 19:56 GMT
Essay Abstract

Given our unforeseeable future and historically recent disasters of presumed and planned futures insightful orientation is an essential priority.Humanity's growing dominance of overall evolution in numbers, creativity and selectivity, led increasingly by the advances of science and technology,needs wider oreintation.A balancing bi-polar orientational methodology is the content of this essay to show the practicality and prospects of such kind of approach to essential future human orientation

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Helmut Von Schweitzer, B.Sc.(Econ)London School of Economics, 1952,FCCA, London 1957,MBA,Wits Business School Johannesburg, 1983,Entrpreneur and professional institutes developer in South Africa and USA.Independent researcher of management orientation methodologies.

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John Brodix Merryman wrote on Apr. 16, 2014 @ 01:27 GMT
Helmut,

I have to agree with your concluding remark that you simply describe our current situation, rather than provide an answer to the question of the contest. Yet, you do also manage to undermine the premise of steering toward a particular future by observing the inherent polarity of reality. Every action elicits its reaction and so we would seem to be in a zero sum game. The more we...

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George Gantz wrote on Apr. 17, 2014 @ 01:17 GMT
Helmut -

You've given us all a vigorous essay to ponder! I agree that evolutionary forces are the right target of opportunity, and my focus, in The Tip of the Spear, is on the emergent properties of institutions ("systems" as you put it).

I was wondering about the use of the term "bi-polar", which seems to emphasize the two-way features of human relationships. Are you intending this to refer to all human-to-human relationships (may of which include more than two) - which you then contrast with the non-personal features of "systems".

Thanks - George

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Joe Fisher wrote on Apr. 17, 2014 @ 14:33 GMT
Dear Helmut,

I found reading your essay extremely interesting and informative. I do hope that it does well in the competition.

With my highest regards,

Joe Fisher

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Anselm Smidt wrote on Apr. 22, 2014 @ 17:04 GMT
Zukunft durch breite Messung, Histogramme und Analyse gesehen.

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John C Hodge wrote on May. 2, 2014 @ 17:57 GMT
“You can only steer when you are in control.” Maybe steering can be done by establishing the organization and then let the structure control. Nature is an example. Nature has survival of the fittest and then lets the rule control. This seems to be the point of your paper.

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Ajay Bhatla wrote on May. 5, 2014 @ 18:42 GMT
Helmut,

Loved your essay. Here is my understanding of it. Please tell me if I am close.

I totally agree with your describing how difficult it is to steer the future when there is no clean black or white (the bi-polar attribute because of our ignorance), but everything is simply shades (the system focus will identify them all when we have no ignorance) in between. If my interpretation is close, I love your thinking model.

I also wonder if there is a solution, in your mind, that you are alluding to, but don't want to explicitly state. I have used such an approach many times to spur a tiny part of the world to action. This approach is, after all, a bi-polar one (will the people involved agree on a few actions or will everyone do their own thing) based upon their individual knowledge of a system from their perspective of what's important.

Are we kindred spirits? If we are, you will find that this approach underpins my essay here

Look forward to your comments on it.

Thanks for making me think. Good luck.

- Ajay

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Peter Jackson wrote on May. 27, 2014 @ 16:15 GMT
Helmut,

I couldn't agree more. I expand the bi-polar concept both to give a good fit cyclic cosmology and in my essay to classically derive QM. Far too shocking to be countenanced but true none the less. Evolution is indeed bi-polar, and; " It includes creative destruction as part of creation."

Any body that spins has BOTH poles, and clockwise and counter clockwise motion subject only to relative observer position (and only one can be 'touched' at once). I show that's a far more profound finding that most realise.

I'm pleased to help your perceptive essay up from the doldrums. Mine uses an allegorical tale to disentangle the QM's spooky nonsense using bipolar spin, and unify physics, a clear way ahead across the board!

Best wishes

Peter.

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Neil Bates wrote on Jun. 3, 2014 @ 15:46 GMT
Helmut, you bring up an interesting perspective, and various interesting interdisciplinary connections. Your essay deserves more attention. However if you don't mind some constructive criticism, it's hard for me at least to clearly follow your train of thoughts. (I know, my own essay can come across as jumping around, but there is method there ...) Cheers.

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