Language, Obfuscation LO21489

Steve Eskow (
Tue, 4 May 1999 14:42:47 -0600

Replying to LO21473 --

Glen, thank you for an brilliant and valuable piece of instruction.

Some of the physicalist metaphors that are elaborated here, like the
application of the concept of "entropy" to human groups, I think
dangerously misleading.

And some of the metaphoric applications are what used to be called "logic
tight": no matter what happens they can always be shown to have predicted
the occurrence.

Such a concept is "self organizing." No matter what happens in the
Microsoft/US government case, the results can be claimed as an example of
"self organization."

I have trouble graspng why it is seen as helpful to say that soccer teams
or Microsoft are "self organising."

Steve Eskow

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