About Alchemy and Logic

By Hans Konstapel April 28th, 2016, under Art, Completed, Cycles, Ecology, Ethics, History, Language, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religion

  This blog is about Logic, Alchemy and the relationship between Logic and Alchemy. Logic is based on the Square of Opposition of Aristotle. This square was discussed for more than 2000 years. Recently scientists detected that the Square is really a Cube. It misses an extra dimension. The Square describes  the six oppositions (“dual combinations”) [...]

A City is an Organism

By Hans Konstapel February 12th, 2011, under Biology, Completed, Cycles, Ecology, Economy, History, Psychology

The System of Life is growing in size and in complexity, and so do the infrastructures sustaining it. In 2008 the point was reached where more than 50% of the world population lives in cities. That percentage is growing. By 2030, over 60% of the world’s population – nearly five billion people – will be [...]

About Perspective

By Hans Konstapel February 2nd, 2012, under Art, Completed, Cycles, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics

When we Look with our Eyes and not with our Mind we can See that Space looks very different from what we Think it is. In Our Space Parallel Lines meet at Infinity. Around 1400 during the Renaissance Painters started to look at Space with their own Eyes and discovered the Rules of Perspective Drawing. Between 1600-1800 [...]

About Intelligent Design

By Hans Konstapel April 17th, 2012, under Biology, Completed, Cycles, Ecology, Economy, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics

Thermodynamics, the Science of Heat, became an important science in the 19th century when physicists started to improve the Steam-Machine. This blog is about a recently discovered law of Thermodynamics called the Constructal Law. The Constructal Law describes How Intelligent Systems emerge out of the Laws of Thermodynamics. According to Thermodynamics the evolution of the [...]

About Autarky

By Hans Konstapel October 11th, 2012, under Biology, Business, Completed, Cycles, Ecology, Economy, History, Learning, Philosophy, Psychology

The amount of local cooperative energy-companies in the Netherlands (in 2012) is increasing. It all has to do with the decrease of the price of solar-sells but there is more at stake. Local energy-companies are part of a movement aimed at Autarky. Autarky is the quality of being self-sufficient. The word Autarky comes from Greek αὐτάρκεια (autárkeia), itself from αὐτός (autós) = [...]

Over de Community of Practice (in Dutch)

By Hans Konstapel January 12th, 2017, under Completed, History, Learning

“If we have analysed judgment, we have solved the problem of truth” (F.P. Ramsey, Fact and Propositions, 1927). “The proof of the pudding is in the eating“, (Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (1615)). Deze blog bevat een presentatie over Community of Practice (CoP). Een CoP is een verzameling mensen die ervaring delen. Opvallend is dat de zuivere [...]

Spelen met tussenschotten, lagen en stromen (in Dutch)

By Hans Konstapel November 20th, 2015, under Business, Completed, Computer and Communication Technology, History, Language, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology

Dit is een door mij geschreven hoofdstuk uit het boek De onvermijdelijke culturele revolutie /  |red. H. Konstapel, E. Vreedenburgh, G.J.P. Rijntjes, SMO 1998. Dit artikel trekt lering uit de ervaringen die ik heb opgedaan met het besturen van softwarecomplexen. Onder besturen versta ík dat er iemand is, die weloverwogen, op basis van kennis van zaken, sturing [...]

Op weg naar de Persoonlijke Voedsel Monitor (in Dutch)

By Hans Konstapel March 13th, 2015, under Biology, Business, Completed, Computer and Communication Technology, Ecology, Economy, History, Psychology

Ik ben de enige zoon van een boer uit Wekerom en ben door mijn vader getraind in het boerenvak. Een paar jaar geleden werd ik uitgenodigd voor een bijeenkomst van investeerders in de voedselketen in Wageningen. Hierdoor werd mijn latente interesse voor de landbouw weer aangewakkerd. Wat mij vooral begon te interesseren was de relatie [...]

Over de HoloLens (In Dutch)

By Hans Konstapel January 28th, 2015, under Completed, Computer and Communication Technology, History

Sinds de komst van de Ziggo harddiskrecorder een paar jaar geleden kijk ik iedere dag een dag vooruit om te zien of er een documentaire of film op de TV komt die ik wil opnemen. Op die manier kan ik doen en laten wat ik wil en mis ik alle reclame. Een tijdje geleden viel mijn [...]

Status Report Future Center Smart Systems

By Hans Konstapel July 12th, 2014, under Business, Completed, Computer and Communication Technology

The Future Center Smart Systems was launched the 23th of April 2014. After the launch a part of the participants wanted to be part of the process. Intake To support this process we have created an intake-procedure  to make sure that the issue at stake is related to Smart Systems and that it is possible to move [...]

About the Next Steps of the Future Center Smart Systems and the Leiden Center of Data Science

By Hans Konstapel May 4th, 2014, under Business, Completed, Computer and Communication Technology, Cycles, Ecology, Law, Learning, Mathematics, Media, Physics

At 28-4-2014 the Future Center Smart Systems (FCSS) was launched At the same moment the Leiden Center of Data Science (LCDS) was announced. This is not a coincidence. FCSS and LCDS are two parts of the same coin. LCDS is focused on the Science of Data and FCSS is focused on using the results of [...]