John Fullerton posted “Hell hath no limits” on how Wendell Berry’s poetry clearly speaks of the great error of economics, also discussed by Herman Daly, in overlooking the issue of “scale” as having natural effects far different than numbers do. My comment was:
The different effects of scale in the natural world is indeed one of the more important but oddly overlooked realities. The subject could be powerful in helping communicate what we need to, if people give it some study. It’s very good that you picked that out!
It’s not just the quite curious omission of the subject from economics. It’s also a quite curious omission from physics. Physics represents nature as only composed of “number” on limitless scales, with no grain or scale of any kind except as assigned or reassigned at will. Even natural units of measure derived from physical quantities lose all the constraints of natural scale in how they’re used.
It’s only physical things and processes, and the relationships between them, that have inherent scale as a part of their nature. Having not generally considered the concept of scale as a subject when describing nature, we shouldn’t underestimate the enormous effect on shaping modern science and our present image of the natural world. Continue reading Natural organization, giving things s.c.a.l.e
Posts on this site preceding this one were transferred from my oldest blog, I called “Alongshot“, from its blogspot.com site. My main archive of blog posts is still at my original “Reading Nature’s Signals” blog, perhaps to be transferred at some point, and quite worth site searching for key words like this one for mentions of Keynes.
The move is really from one directory to another, on Synapse9.com, needed to upgrad the format to WordPress 3.1.3. The old blog site just got to be a problem.
My original systems physics research is still at The physics of happening, and scattered around Synapse9.com, along with my collections of images, reference libraries, introductions and writing .
My subjects and writing style, of course, will remain just as “primitive” (whether you saw that as a liability or benefit I leave to you) so the software upgrade won’t really change anything but the look and feel. ;-)
I’ll be switching from posting at “synapse9.com/blog” to “synapse9.com/signals” where I’ve installed a more functional blog. Nothing much fancy happening, but upgrading the tools of my original blog to WordPress 3.1.3.
You’ll still find this collection of posts covering the past 6 years of comment and research notes on the new science for a natural world here, until I figure out how to transfer them. Please do come there and subscribe to the RSS feed to keep following my new work and explorations of the subject.
My research archive, The physics of happening, is still at my domain along with my collections of images, reference libraries, introductions and writing www.synapse9.com.
The old blog site just got to be a problem, unable to archive the posts except by printing them to PDF’s (!), unable to separate the spam from comments, no text formatting options, etc. …It was kind of primitive.
My subjects and writing style, of course, will remain just as “primitive” as before…(whether you saw that as a liability or benefit I leave to you), so the software upgrade won’t really change anything but the look and feel of the pages. ;-)