A labyrinth with hexagonal symmetry and infinite bifurcating paths I acknowledge that the most interesting and important part of Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “The Library of Babel” (1941) is not the imaginative construction of the infinite library with its incomprehensible books, but the challenging ideas presented by the author regarding the Library itself as … Continue reading Building the Library of Babel

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When thinking about technology it is inevitable to consider the “paths not taken,” the forms and technical arts which never were adopted or were abandoned and forgotten.  From the vantage point of our societies marked by drivers of 'efficiency’ and ‘value' it is also possible to consider technologies, and their success or demise, as being … 4805020332

Storia delle Idee

Public discussion of human migration and the 'nation state' show a dogmatic belief in unilinear 'progress' (the idea of Progress) on every side of the debate. An argument can be made to address all positions which implicitly or explicitly adopt the ideologies of 'historical progress'. Belief in 'progress' implies an idea of historical continuity, of … bastard mouse-ear


This reflection has several steps, so the reasoning may be difficult to follow. There is no strict order though, but a confluence of facets or aspects of reality which ultimately configure the thesis presented. At each step, as happens with any discursive comprehension, a part of reality may make sense without reference to the rest … 888-652-8272

Resumen de lo Alcanzado

Creo que estas notas sobre el Yi Jing y el Tai Xuan Jing, así como la extensión formal de estos sistemas son "originales." Tan originales como pueden ser los actos de quien sólo busca seguir algunas ideas de los antiguos --las pocas que he alcanzado a comprender. Por lo menos, parece cierto que es la … 4308881628


This is a small technical note. I integrated the ISAAC pseudo random number generator to avoid reliance on the basic mt_rand PHP function. I am using the PHP version of the ISAAC algorithm developed by Ilmari Karonen ( /github.com/vyznev/ISAAC-PHP ). More information about this PRNG can be found here:  /burtleburtle.net/bob/rand/isaacafa.html   I need to rewrite the … 530-899-3604

La “izquierda” ya no sabe qué es un Estado

No pensaba escribir más sobre España porque lo esencial ya está dicho, y no por mí; pero acabo de encontrar una entrevista a Pablo Iglesias --el líder de la "neo-izquierda"- que ayuda a aclarar todavía más lo que está pasando. Y es que a todos los aspectos de la confusión ideológica que ahora reina en … Continue reading La “izquierda” ya no sabe qué es un Estado

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11/11/2017 5:31:36 PM         This arrangement is simpler. As before, the lines need commentary. I was in doubt for some time, thinking that I was losing the extraordinary landscape-like symbolism of the Hexagrams. Works cannot satisfy all goals simultaneously. So here is one form of completeness at the price of missing the … Continue reading Four Lines Four Times


Public debate becomes impossible in the Twilight of the State. Diverse political and ideological currents – critical of the failings of modern State--, directly demand the erasure of the separation of powers, the political utilization of justice and the privilege of politics over law. The functional separation of economy, religion, law, and politics not only … 902-584-1526


Ayer la Justicia Española envió a prisión preventiva a la mayoría de los miembros del ex-gobierno de la comunidad autónoma de Cataluña, encausados por rebelión. Mientras continúo trabajando en un libro --que ya tiene muchos años de preparación y que espero acabar pronto--, los sucesos de España me absorben de una forma inusitada. No es … (667) 277-1898

The Techno-Centric "blind spot" and the Next Level of Intermediation

Too frequently  technology assumes either Identity is not a problem or Identity data issues won't be ever addressed by organisations. The #identity technology market is small, innovation is very limited too, and speaking of data control few companies really "get it." Very few vendors understand the difference between managing and auditing Identity data and controlling … Continue reading The Techno-Centric "blind spot" and the Next Level of Intermediation

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13/12/2016 7:11:49 PM             To the question: Why eight lines? ("Why an octo-gram?") –I would answer that, after using the Zhou Yi for meditation or other purposes for some time you will find the beautifully suggestive figures represent a closed or "circular" world (a closed landscape). Thus, even if a … Continue reading Octograms 2

Octograms 1

11/12/2016 9:49:32 PM             This is a double experiment. First the image above was generated by means of a Microsoft Word VBA macro and then published to WordPress using the standard Blog Post command. Second, this is the first posting of a series where I will present some experiments I … Continue reading Octograms 1

Expanding the Frame of Risk and Trust Management

Many Identity Management efforts --including large programmes-- are severely limited by the way organisations perceive their requirements. Demand for change and technology upgrades drive the IAM projects while Security and Business benefits are left in the background or even ignored. It is evident that IAM is still seen primarily as a "technology" to improve user … Continue reading Expanding the Frame of Risk and Trust Management

Microeconomics of I&AM: Identity Management in three slides

If I were asked to summarise my views on Identity and Access Management --what it is and what it will be-- I would first point to the complexity involved in delivering I&AM programmes. This complexity is rooted in the normal (conventional) operations of business management of the IT support functions. Given that IT is largely … Continue reading Microeconomics of I&AM: Identity Management in three slides

Derek Cabrera’s principles and axioms of conceptual systems

Source: Derek Cabrera, "Distinctions, Systems, Relationships, Perspectives: The Simple Rules of Complex Conceptual Systems: A Universal Descriptive Grammar of Cognition" - Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2008, Madison, Wisconsin, International Society for the Systems Sciences (D) Making Distinctions – which consist of an identity and an other (S) Organizing Systems … Continue reading Derek Cabrera’s principles and axioms of conceptual systems

Rootless Mind, Impossible Heart

“Mis padres fueron de origen campesino. De Okinawa él, y de Chancay ella. Yo nací en la trastienda del negocio que tenían en Huancayo. Un hecho que ha signado definitivamente mi vida: soy factura de un paisaje al que arribo como un visitante entrometido. […] Mi afición a escuchar crecer la yerba me llevó a … 7189499012


In what sense is the individual unique? Within the sphere of understanding or "reasonableness," in Western formulations the individual is not only unique but sacred. The individual is therefore “recognised” as unique, and worshiped for his or her uniqueness as an absolute value. The issue is, nevertheless –as anybody experienced in corporate life (public or … (505) 833-2455

Un Largo Adiós

"Un Largo Adiós" (The Long Goodbye) es el título de una novela  de Raymond Chandler de 1953,  convertida en película por Robert Altman en 1973. La encarnación del detective Philip Marlowe por Elliot Gould fue muy buena. Hoy Un Largo Adiós es solamente un título excelente, que podría ser otro, para un adiós no muy … 404-679-1223

On Fiske’s Elementary Forms of Sociality (1)

In “The Self-Organizing Social Mind,” (MIT, 2010) John Bolender presents an interesting but slanted account of Alan P.Fiske’s Relational Model of sociality, as well as a theory of how these models might be explained. The essence of Bolender’s explanation is the notion of “symmetry breaking” as applied to forms of sociality. But, going away from … Continue reading On Fiske’s Elementary Forms of Sociality (1)

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In “La Libertad en la Filosofía de la Cuadratura de Heidegger,” Alejandro Rojas Jiménez continues his analysis of the Quadrature as follows: “Empezaré por exponer el sentido simbólico de los Mortales como los que son capaces de la muerte como muerte. El sentido fundamental de esta definición es que sólo él vive ante la presencia … prophetless


The Quadrature has been formulated and discovered or re-discovered many times in history. A book might be written to explain how and when the Quadrature is forgotten or recedes into the background. Perhaps the least understood formulation is that of Martin Heidegger. As M. Robitaille notes, following the studies by Jean-Francois Mattéi, Heideger´s “quadrature” (Geviert … 978-530-3630

The Fourfold Thoughts Of Being

If we don’t think and speak Being, then we think and speak in oppositions and remain in oppositions. Our action then is self-defeating, banal and incomplete. Now, human thinking and speech necessarily blossoms and opens up as a series of differentiations, each one presenting us with a fragment of of the world. The basic differentiations … 3212964264


The painting Les Deux Carrosses by Claude Gillot presents a scene of street-level conflict where two carts pulled by servants are blocking each other. The characters in the painting, arranged around the binary opposition of the cart pullers (who are almost touching) gesticulate grotesquely. One of them is masked, and all are dressed in rich … 9704946074

Information Theory

In  “Recent Contributions to the Mathematical Theory of Communication”  (University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 1964) Warren Weaver summarised the paradoxical character of Information Theory (as formulated by C. Shannon): “2.2 Information “The word information, in this theory, is used in a special sense that must not be confused with its ordinary usage. In particular, information … (850) 629-6281

Quadratures: Person, Subject, Agent and Object

In these  pages I frequently refer to and build upon a structure with four “modes” or “terms” – namely those of Person, Subject, Agent and Object. At its core, this model is not original, and stems from the work of many disparate authors, in different areas of knowledge. For the sake of rigour and completeness, … Continue reading Quadratures: Person, Subject, Agent and Object


George Spencer-Brown –the creator of a very original “logic of distinctions”—wrote an interesting statement about the Law of Complementarity: “There is no stronger mathematical law than the law of complementarity. A thing is defined by its complement, i.e by what it is not. Ant its complement is defined by its uncomplement, i.e. by the thing … (337) 579-9596


The correlated terms of intensive and extensive abstraction have another antecedent in the reflections of G.W.F Hegel on intensive and extensive “magnitude.”  The following fragments can be found in Hegel’s “Science of Logic- Identity of Intensive and Extensive Magnitude” – sections 480, 481 and 483: “480. The determinateness of intensive magnitude is, therefore, to be … Continue reading Hegel: Intensive And Extensive Magnitude

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One of the most important insights made in the realm of Systems Theory was due to Kent D. Palmer in a paper published in  2010. (Source: /holonomic.net/sd01V04.pdf ). The key paper, under the title “Advanced Meta-Systems Theory For MetaSystems Engineers,” presents a radical reformulation of the relations between the concepts of “system” and “meta-system.” Palmer … Continue reading K. Palmer: “The Inverse Dual Of a System”

Distinctions: Two Kinds of Negative Statements

Careless discussion tends to ignore important philosophical criteria, as noted in previous notes and articles in this blog. One of these is the distinction between two basic types of negative statements: true negations, and complements of the predicate. Daniel J. Castellano, a mathematician and historian from MIT and Boston University covers these points in his … 4106456214


In his “A Preface to Metaphysics,” (Fourth Lecture, section 10) Jacques Maritain writes: “I have already spoken of the most important distinction which the ancient drew between abstractio totalis, which I will call extensive visualisation, and abstractio formalis, which I will call intensive or characterising and typifying visualisation. At first intellectual visualisation is as yet … Continue reading J. Maritain on Extensive and Intensive Visualisation

Discontinuity in Language

Discontinuity  is manifest in language in the sense that there is a complete separation between the signifier and the signified, between the symbolic and that for which the symbol stands for. This is also called the “arbitrariness of the signifier” (see the work of Ferdinand de Saussure - /www.revue-texto.net/Saussure/Saussure.html ) The term “arbitrariness” means here … Continue reading Discontinuity in Language