Inviting others in, setting up for conversations

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So I’m new to a blog. What sort of engagement does it fit?

I live in rural Vermont – moved here a dozen years ago and settled in. I earn a living largely through providing tech skills to local schools and businesses. I’m interested in yoga & related knowledge (ayurveda, nad & swar yoga, tantra, &c), Sufi & Buddhist traditions, and other spirit-traditions.

I initially created this site to hold conversations around Systematics, other systems-related topics, and some mathematical ideas that hold my interest.

Thanks to Tony Blake and a s/core of fellow-seekers, there have been ongoing, though perhaps intermittent, conversations (via deeper-d and earlier online groups) of great interest, generally on topics flowing from the work of John Bennett, particularly Systematics. See web sites www.duversity.org/ and www.toutley.demon.co.uk/ for more on Tony’s work. For more general information on Systematics, see www.systematics.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php.

I met Richard Knowles through the above interests. His book _The Leadership Dance: Pathways to Extraordinary Organizational Effectiveness_ uses the enneagram (9-termed system) in a unique way that I consider to hold great value.

I’ve read much of what Stafford Beer wrote on the “viable system”. The recursiveness of systems in his model intrigues me. That is, the low-level components of a system are themselves (in their own smaller scope) systems. I’ve not found many interested in discussing Beer’s ideas, but would like to.

Reminder to self: put together some words on Bennett and how his ideas have found traction in corporate USA. Sigurd Sr. worked in Organizational Development for DuPont for decades, and shared that experience – the ideas & how they were conveyed & used – with his first child.

I’m going to tag this note with “UniS” – name of a group precursor to deeper_d that I prefer for moniker.

4 Responses

  1. sigurd

    A comic about the history of mathematics – looks interesting. Those interested in such works might find Neal Stephenson’s “Baroque Cycle” – a series of 3 historical novels – of interest. Key characters include Newton and Leibniz. There’s a wikipedia entry on these novels.

  2. sigurd

    Not quite sure how the last fits in – SNARC stands for “Spatial Numerical Association of Response Codes” and measures difference in left-hand vs. right-hand response times to small (1, 2, 3, 4) vs. large (6, 7, 8, 9) numbers, which varies depending on whether one’s primary language is written left-to-right or vice-versa.