The Birth of the Cyberspace

The term cyberspace was first used by the American-Canadian author William Gibson in 1982 in a story published in Omni magazine and then in his book Neuromancer. In this science-fiction novel, Gibson described cyberspace as the creation of a computer network in a world filled with artificially intelligent beings. The real cyberspace is a global … Continue reading The Birth of the Cyberspace

The Complexity of Simplicity

“Being simple is the most complicated thing nowadays.” -Ramana Pemmaraju The principle of simplicity or parsimony—broadly, is the idea that simpler explanations of observations should be preferred to more complex ones—is conventionally attributed to William of Occam, after whom it is traditionally referred to as Occam's razor. This does not mean that there will be … Continue reading The Complexity of Simplicity

Writing in Times of Pestilence

Now that society is struggling to deal with a devastating flu pandemic, I found the time ripe to give this subject some thoughts in a literary context. The first plague writings emerged around 1665 and resulted in innovative dialogues on a long endured illness. While the collective memory of the plague as an affliction was … Continue reading Writing in Times of Pestilence

Knowledge and Power

  Since Plato dreamed of a republic ruled by philosophers, the idea rooted in human conscience that knowledge should equal power. One should disagree with this stance, because in this worldview, Einstein would not have been just some bystander at the Alamo-project that developed the first nuclear bombs. We are trained and educated to comprehend the … Continue reading Knowledge and Power

Social entropy in the USA

Degree of entropy inside the USA following the system theory. 1. Introduction According to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the entropy of a naturally occurring system always increases. In social systems, the degree of disorder is a manifestation of the social dissatisfaction within the limits of the system 2. Formulating the Relationship to Calculate Social … Continue reading Social entropy in the USA