This is just a brief newsletter because I wanted to send one before Christmas. Mind you I very nearly couldn't as just over a week ago my computer crashed and when the engineer looked at it he found that there was absolutely nothing on my hard drive - no data and no software - just completely blank. Luckily when they had reloaded my operating system and my software I found that my back up systems worked and I was able to recover nearly everything. Phew!! I will be much more diligent with my backing up in future.
There is a lot of interesting work going on in schools at the moment around the brain and thinking and I actually taught a lesson the other day in a school to thirteen and fourteen year olds as part of an Education Action Zone activity for the more able. It was part of an AS module on critical thinking, and it was a very refreshing experience.
In this context you might like to visit this site http://www.bbc.co.uk/humber/education/brain/title.shtml
Dissipative Structures - The complexity study group at the LSE
Study Group meeting will be with Professor Peter Allen on Wednesday 20
February 2002, between 10.30 and 16.30. Coffee will be available from
10.00 and the meeting will be held at the LSE. A small charge of £25
will be made to cover costs, which includes lunch. This can be paid on
the day, but they would like to know as soon as possible whether you will
be able to attend.
Strategies and Enabling Technology
Complexity Network Conference April 2002
Visit the Network Web Site @ http://www.ossu.co.uk/mcn/
At a meeting
at the Open University on Monday 3rd December 2001 the UK's
plans for a journal, a web site, a prospectus, a conference in
My home e-mail address has now changed from the packardbell server to karoo, so if any of you are using my packardbell e-mail can you delete it please. The e-mail address to use is my work one firstname.lastname@example.org. In fact you can put anything before the @ and it will get to me!
One of the stories I often tell is about Copernicus.
In 1543 AD Copernicus revealed to the world his latest discovery, his finding was that contrary to what everyone thought, the Earth actually revolved around the Sun and not that the Sun revolved around the Earth. Despite all the evidence he produced, hardly anyone believed him and he was vilified as a heretic. His problem was that he was battling against centuries of conditioning and the common sense of the time because everyone saw every day that the sun did revolve around the earth, or so they thought. So just imagine what things we believe to be true today because we see them but in fact are not true.
Well, in this context I have been thinking about time. We all believe time to be linear because that is how we experience it, but the more I read about time particularly in relation to quantum physics the more it looks like it is just not true that time is linear. For an accessable introduction to this topic try Jenny Randles' book "Time Storms". You might want to skip the first part of the book and go straight to part two.
Any views welcome.
A very merry Christmas to you and a happy new year.
you in 2002