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Problem 2️⃣ : Car bloat worsens climate change

Heavier cars require more energy to move, which makes them guzzle gas.

When electrified, their huge batteries are so inefficient that the biggest models generate more pollution that some gas-powered sedans.


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Philosophical criticism of RfPs by (one of the luminaries of ).

> All planning begins with a problem; however, it should not be confined to the problem statement. Also, the beginning should not be a clear problem formulation, but rather should be an utterance of moral outrage. John Dewey once said that problems arise from felt needs; however, that is much too mild a statement. One very sad aspect of a great deal of planning research is that the roots of the Request-for-Proposals are cut off at the very start; no wonder the plant withers and dies as proposals, interim, and final reports are written.

Churchman, C. West. 1984. “Thought and Wisdom.” In _Rethinking the Process of Operational Research & Systems Analysis_, edited by Rolfe Tomlinson and Istvan Kiss, 67–77. Frontiers of Operational FORS. Amsterdam: Pergamon. doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-0308.

For those who think that open standards can be easily added on after code had already shipped, there's an extensive case study on Microsoft Office and OOXML. Here's a fun question: how long did it take Microsoft to meet the specification that they themselves wrote?


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Threads doesn't initially support ActivityPub open standard, and is not open source. Adding ActivityPub support doesn't preclude withdrawal later.

> Will Meta embrace-extend-extinguish the ActivityPub protocol?

> There are comparisons to be made between Meta adopting ActivityPub for its new social media platform and Meta adopting XMPP for its Messenger service a decade ago. There was a time when users of Facebook and users of Google Talk were able to chat with each other and with people from self-hosted XMPP servers, before each platform was locked down into the silos we know today. What would stop that from repeating? Well, even if Threads abandoned ActivityPub down the line, where we would end up is exactly where we are now. XMPP did not exist on its own outside of nerd circles, while ActivityPub enjoys the support and brand recognition of Mastodon.


The I Ching (Yi Jing) based in Chinese philosophy might be a more systemic approach, in contrast to the more systematic approach based in Western rationalism, says via .


July 10: Sciencing and Philosophizing on Threads in

Extending a presentation from the 67th Annual Meeting of the , and @daviding are jointly exploring how may be approached differently via the philosophical history of American , and post-colonial (contextural-dyadic) thinking.

See the full abstract and presentation at wiki.st-on.org/2023-07-10

Preregister at sciencing-philosophizing.event

What have we learned or forgotten since (1969) Penguin reader 18 chapters, edited by ?
Join and online on June 12 6:30pm ET for reflection and discussions.


> Leading Today’s Asian Heritage Month lineup for May 2023, TVO Original Big Fight in Little Chinatown premieres on TVO, TVO Today, YouTube and smart TV services on Tuesday, May 9 at 9 pm ET.


Rereading the introduction to the 1969 _Systems Thinking: Selected Readings_ Penguin paperbook surfaces some choices by the editor that I hadn't previously appreciated.


The "doable dozen" is a phrase that picked up from on the April 3 interview. The list is now more complete at Halftime for the Sustainable Development Goals microsite at copenhagenconsensus.com/halfti

> The 12 best policies to scale up, that our experts have identified, cover a wide range of areas: tuberculosis, education, maternal and newborn health, agricultural research and development, malaria, e-procurement, nutrition, land tenure security, chronic diseases, trade, child immunization and skilled migration.

> The benefit of these 12 best policies can really only be described as momentous. It will save 4.2 million lives each year and generate $1.1 trillion in additional economic benefits each and every year for the developing world.

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A series of articles by with leading media outlets has been lined up. This article in Forbes sets a direction.

> But in 2015, when the world replaced the [], things went wrong. World leaders could again have chosen to focus on a few, crucial targets. They could even have kept the same targets, since they are so important to the world’s most vulnerable people. We could have focused on pinpointing where the needs are deepest and the opportunities are greatest.

> Instead, the and world leaders came up with a hodge-podge, absurdly long list of 169 targets for the world to achieve from 2015-2030: the .


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A new book by is coming out, . I listened to the 2-hour interview by released on April 3 (as usual, while on my bike and driving). The timing seems related to the upcoming meeting in October, where we are at the midpoint of the , and failing.

Here's a text summary of the interview. The list of 12 proposed initiatives isn't given as straightforward, but the idea that we might succeed on some things rather than failing on everything is likely to be appealing to many.


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Greater appreciation of contextual-dyadic thinking of , with
anatomy as structure / physiology as function (and process);
process ontology / thing ontology;
qi ju as qi-in-concentrating mode / qi san as qi-in-dissipating mode


On individual versus collective advancement, via @timoreilly :

> I remember once I was working on our property in Sebastopol where I used to live, and I had this landscape architect who came in to help us.

> And she said, “Everybody always wants to put their nice new thing where it’s already beautiful.” She said, “No, you want to put your nice new thing in the worst part of your property, so you will make it better.” And I thought that was really good advice.

"Building a Better Future: A Conversation with Tim O’Reilly" | May 5, 2021 at codeforamerica.org/news/buildi

Greater depth into the Learning foundations may be gained from the work on the philosophy of science underlying , by . Highlights from this 2021 lecture are digested for easier indexing. For those not immersed in pinyin (Romanized Chinese spelling), the text may or may not be less confusing than the verbal presentation.


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