Is it Progress if a Cannibal Uses Knife and Fork?

The North American XB-70 Valkyrie was a (beautiful!) tri-sonic bomber developed in the early sixties. It was, even by today’s standards, an exceptionally sophisticated and advanced machine. What strikes is the short time it took to develop and build – we intentionally omit the information here since, by today’s standards it would make many people…

Is a Global Post-Critical Society Possible?

  Every dynamical system possesses a characteristic value of complexity which reflects how information is organized and how it flows within its structure. Like most things in life, complexity is limited. In fact, there is an upper bound on complexity that a given system may attain and sustain with a given structure. This ‘physiological’ limit…

Isn’t Everything a ‘Complex System’?

What distinguishes a theory from a conjecture? For example a characteristic constant (G, c, h, K, etc.) or a fundamental equation. The so-called today popular ‘complexity theory’ has none. Most importantly, it lacks a measure of its most fundamental quantity – complexity. But worse than that. It lacks a definition of complexity too! Increasing complexity…

How Complex is the Ulam Spiral?

From Wikipedia: “The Ulam spiral, or prime spiral (in other languages also called the Ulam Cloth) is a simple method of visualizing the prime numbers that reveals the apparent tendency of certain quadratic polynomials to generate unusually large numbers of primes. It was discovered by the mathematician Stanislaw Ulam in 1963…” How complex is it?…

Complexity – A New Approach to SETI

The SETI – Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence – is an initiative which has the objective of locating intelligent life in the Universe. Arrays of telescopes, such as the ATA, or large installations like the one in Arecibo, collect hundreds of terabytes of data every day, spanning a wide frequency band. Data typically has the aspect…