1. Universal set of values
Encyclopedia of World Problems
This section provides comments related to the Human Values and Wisdom area of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential
- 5.1 Interrelating values
- 5.2 Values as attractors
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1. Understanding of value classes
In the light of the above it would seem useful to distinguish sets of value functions. It is also useful to attempt to distinguish for each case between: a positive interpretation (p); a negative interpretation (n); a paradoxical negative interpretation of the positive (pn); and a paradoxical positive interpretation of the negative (np):
1. Questionable sustainability
The progression in the previous note to a more dynamic interactive relationship with the surface on which the elements of significance are configured appears to reach close to a stage at which chaos theory insights emerged. The Belousov-Zhabotinsky chemical reactions result in the spontaneous emergence of patterning in the film of fluid in which they take place. From this arose some of the insights into the principles of self-organization. Perhaps a more evocative example is the standing wave Chladni patterns generated by vibrating a sheet of metal covered in sand (Waller, 1961).
Perhaps the great merit of chaos theory is its ability to orient understanding to respond creatively to complexity. As such it is a tool to counter-balance the simplistic efforts of the many honourable initiatives to come up with a set of values applicable to all in a complex, multi-cultural society subject to a wide variety of pressures. These often result in a construction as inappropriate as a horse-and-buggy in a down-town traffic jam, however elegant it may appear.
1. Values and complexity
1. The lesson of "networking"
This section provides commentaries on complexity related to the Human Values and Wisdom area of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential
1. Clustering polarities