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A City is an Organism

The System of Life is growing in size and in complexity, and so do the infrastructures sustaining it. In 2008 the point was reached where more than 50% of the world population lives in cities. That percentage is growing. By 2030, over 60% of the world’s population – nearly five billion people – will be living in urban area. The System of Life is generating Super Organisms and the City is one of them. Urbanization is only a relatively recent phenomenon. As far as we now know urbanization started in Mesopotamia around 4000 – 3500 BC. For the Ancient Mesopotamians, … Continue reading A City is an Organism

About the Law of KLeiber

A power law relates one variable to another raised to a constant power. The general form takes y = xa, where y and x are variables, and a is a constant exponent. A power law exhibits the property of scale invariance. When you multiply the Scale (x) with a factor b the function (y =  baxa) does not change its Shape. In 1817 Goethe wrote his book ”Zur Morphologie“. This book was the start of a new science called Morphology, the Science of the Shapes. In his book Goethe describes the so called Uhrplant, the Primal Plant, which is based on … Continue reading About the Law of KLeiber

There is only the Dance

Shiva the Hindu god of destruction is also known as Nataraja, the Lord of the Dance. Like yoga, dance induces trance, ecstasy and the experience of the divine. The most common figures depict a four-armed Nataraja. These multiple arms represent the four cardinal directions. Each hand either holds an object or makes a specific mudra (gesture). The upper right hand holds a hour-glass drum which is a symbol of creation. It is beating the pulse of the universe. The drum also provides the music that accompanies Nataraja’s dance. The opposite hand, the upper left, bears on its palm a tongue … Continue reading There is only the Dance

About Crowds

The theory of  the Wisdom of the Crowd supposes that it is possible to create collective wisdom out of the combination of the wisdom of many disconnected independent intelligent (wise) individuals. This theory has nothing to do with a Crowd. As you will see Crowds are not intelligent. Crowds are groups of people that are totally synchronized and act out of their collective emotions. When people talk they move into a state of entrainment within a few seconds. The reason is the dialogue itself. If focuses the participants on the same issue. When many people focus their attention at the same subject  (television, … Continue reading About Crowds

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About the Good, the Bad and the Nothing

Sometimes You want to do the Good Thing and the result is a Bad Thing. Sometimes You start an Activity with a Good Intention but the Activity runs completely Out of Hand because You were unable to Predict all the effects. Sometimes an Activity starts with a Good Intention and Ends with a Go]]><![CDATA[od Result but much later You discover that you have started a Chain of Activities and the Result of the Chain is Bad. Good and Bad are Context Dependent. Look at this little Story: A Chinese farmer awoke one morning to find a horse grazing in one of his fields. … Continue reading About the Good, the Bad and the Nothing

About Understanding Mathematics

When I was a student I made some money by helping young people to understand Mathematics. I Listened to the way they tried to Solve the Puzzles their Teachers gave them and tried to find out their Personal Way of Reasoning.  When I found their reasoning problem I gave them a new Way to Think. This approach was very effective. Sometimes I just needed one hour and the highly frustrated pupil transformed into a Lover of Mathematics. They saw that Mathematics is the Art of Beauty and Harmony. The main problem most of these pupils had was the Why-Question. They wanted to know … Continue reading About Understanding Mathematics

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About Addiction & Burn-Out

When you are highly dependent on something, you are addicted to this something. You can be addicted to chemical substances like Alcohol, Nicotine and Drugs but it is also possible to Addict to the feeling of Power, a Concept (Dialogues, Cycles), an Activity (Work (Burn-Out), Gambling, Sex, Games), an Emotion (Extacy, Power, Sadness), a Person (Being in Love) or a Group (A Sect). This Blog shows you what an Addiction really is about and how you can get rid of an Addiction. In 2000 I became involved in all kinds of projects to Prevent People from Addiction (including Work-addiction, Burn-Out). … Continue reading About Addiction & Burn-Out

Many Reasons to Believe that the Economy will not Recover in a Short Time

The Unemployement and the Stock Market are rising for some time now. A new Stock Market Bubble is building up and will explode in the near future. The biggest Bubble is certainly the US Deficit Bubble. The Stock Market Bubble and the Deficit Bubble will explode as soon as the major creditors (China, India, …) of the US will move out of the Dollar. This is happening already. The Customers are the backbone of the Economy and the Leaders understand very well that the Economy is governed by Psychology. So Bad News is hidden en Good News is exaggerated. The … Continue reading Many Reasons to Believe that the Economy will not Recover in a Short Time

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About Behavioral Economics: Why Hawks Always Win and Doves Always Lose

The belief in Rational Decision Making has been the focus of Economic Theory for a very long time. Although everybody knew that Humans are Highly Impulsive and Emotional, Economists based their theoretical models of the Market on a Rational Human Being who is always able to Calculate the best Alternative possible. This Theory is wrong. The Economic Behavior is controlled by the Emotions. The current economic crisis shows that the old Rational Theory is not applicable and the attention for alternative theories of Economic Behavior is rising. These theories are called Behavioral Economics. An important paper in the development of … Continue reading About Behavioral Economics: Why Hawks Always Win and Doves Always Lose

About Enterprise 2.0 and the New World of Work

At this moment there is a lot of discussion going on about the New World of Work. In the New World of Work the new developments of the Internet 2.0 (Social Networks, Blogging, Twittering, etc) are used to Speed up the Work of the Knowlegde Worker. The infrastructure to make this possible is called Enterprise 2.0. Enterprise 2.0 is : A System of Web (2.0)-Based Technologies that provide rapid and agile Collaboration, Information Sharing, emergence and integration capabilities in the Extended Enterprise. An Extended Enterprise is a Supply or Value Chain. The definition of Enterprise 2.0 is constantly changing because Enterprise … Continue reading About Enterprise 2.0 and the New World of Work