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Proceedings 1995 Interdisciplinary Conference: Knowledge Tools for a Sustainable Civilization. Fourth Canadian Conference on Foundations and Applications of General Science Theory

8-10 June 1995

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  • Proceedings 1995 Interdisciplinary Conference: Knowledge Tools for a Sustainable Civilization. Fourth Canadian Conference on Foundations and Applications of General Science Theory

    Publication Year: 1995
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  • The cultural synergy model: a knowledge tool for the 21st Century

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):225 - 234
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    The cultural synergy model is process-oriented in order to expand consciousness and capacities for problem-solving at various human system levels. This paper briefly (1) addresses how the model is developed from “patterns that connect” in major living systems, (2) describes the model, and (3) discusses two large international experiments with the model at the developing Center for Cult... View full abstract»

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  • Communicatics and communicationism as knowledge tools for a sustainable civilization

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):282 - 291
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    Sustainability is not just an issue at the level of economic-ecological systems but an issue at the level of civilizations and the ways that different civilizations interact with each other. A global-wide sustainable civilization cannot be created if conciliation and mutual understanding among the Christian Civilization, the Islamic Civilization, and the Eastern Civilization are not reached. Furth... View full abstract»

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  • Multinational corporations and their enablers

    Publication Year: 1995
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    Recent economic and technological developments have made global conquest a distinct possibility. Communication satellites allow for continuous global surveillance and financial transactions. New trade agreements have boosted stateless trans-national corporations (TNCs) into commanding positions from which they determine the policies of most governments in the world. The concepts of nation states a... View full abstract»

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  • The correlation between philosophy, science, energy and world sustainable civilization

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):220 - 224
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    The correlation between philosophy and science has formed the topic of numerous essays. We have also included energy in this correlation, since for a long time, energy has proved its role through practical applications which have formed the backbone of our society. A sustainable civilization could only be achieved through philosophy, science and sustainable energy, which assures the economic and s... View full abstract»

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  • Multiple-perspective co-channel communications as a knowledge and attitude reform tool for a sustainable civilization

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):274 - 281
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    The sustainability challenge is to help people learn how to reform their habits of learning so that civilization can be indefinitely sustainable. This implies finding out how to alter attitudes and predilections so as to promote symbioses between nature and cultures, and also to promote symbioses among our various cultures (linguistic, religious, ethnic etc.). It is posited here that by enabling p... View full abstract»

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  • Social contracts and multinational corporations: knowledge tools to promote sustainable civilization

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):171 - 183
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    Presents the argument that materials may be found in a study of the history of political philosophy that provide a solid foundation for the establishment of standards of environmental sustainability, labour and human rights that are binding upon multinational corporations. Social contract theories of government are founded upon natural laws binding upon all rational individuals, and contracts amon... View full abstract»

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  • Preservation and conservation: separate disciplines, common goals

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):212 - 219
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    The conservation of the natural environment and the preservation of the built environment are fields often distinguished from one another both in application and in theory. At academic institutions, courses in preservation and conservation are usually offered in different departments and faculty members concerned with either of the two disciplines are tenured into different departments. Special in... View full abstract»

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  • The influence of scale [in sustainable human activity]

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):245 - 252
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    Tomorrow, forward thinkers postulate, will be dominated by the knowledge sector of a global, more socially-oriented civilization, where information, rather than pig iron or pork bellies will be the primary commodity. To chart a sustainable course will require far more than knowledge, and yet far less than we might imagine. The scale of activity will take on critical importance as ecological laws i... View full abstract»

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  • Priorities for a sustainable civilization

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):1 - 10
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    What are the vital issues facing humankind? It appears that many of today's relevant issues are too big to be understood by knowledge from a single discipline, that they reach beyond the boundaries of individual nations, and that they last for many generations. Who can address these issues? Most political systems have a 5 year time horizon, and focus on national concerns. Our traditionally special... View full abstract»

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  • Using communications technology for cross cultural training and development: the participatory developmental education model

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):263 - 273
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    The increasing accessibility of basic video production and modem-linked computers creates new possibilities for exchanging information and ideas, yet it is still rare for communications technology to be used for a genuine dialogue in problem solving. The problems of the world seem to be compounding as increasing pressures of population growth, resource depletion and tension between the `haves' and... View full abstract»

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  • The tragedy of the global commons: dynamic aspects of a knowledge ecology and sociocultural entropy

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):20 - 31
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    Contemporary misuse of resources is repeating on a massive scale in the global village “the tragedy of the commons” that once afflicted English villages. Why is the planet vandalized by diverse ecological degradations? In this simplified overview even small scale resource depletions are included to have a significant impact on primitive cultures, impelling migration, violent conflict a... View full abstract»

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  • Institutions for a sustainable civilization: negotiating change in a technological culture

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):90 - 99
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    We have come to think of technology as a tool-as an extension of our grasp into the environing world. The metaphor of the tool is pervasive; it affects the way we think about virtually all of contemporary culture. I communicate a view of technology which is not anchored in the metaphor of the tool as instrument but sees technology as a way of life, an expression of cultural form, and an embodiment... View full abstract»

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  • The correspondence between ontology and environmental attitudes

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):202 - 211
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    Alarms about the environment have brought about superficial changes of environmental attitudes, but deep attitudes will remain the same unless our conception of reality changes. Ontology determines how one pursues one's needs and welfare. The crucial element is the conception of an actuating factor (AF) in nature: whether personal or impersonal, one or many, in material things or separate. One's p... View full abstract»

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  • A Christian response to the world scientists' warning to humanity

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):112 - 113
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    The paper considers how Christianity recognizes its role in the ecological crisis and responds to this awareness: rethinking theology, articulating ethical principles, education of church members, and advocacy with government, industry and international agencies. It discusses the importance of inter-disciplinary dialogue and considers the future View full abstract»

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  • Knowledge tools for UN peace-keeping: developing the global watch

    Publication Year: 1995
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    Summary form only given. The UN needs reliable and up-to-date knowledge of events in order to prevent conflicts and maintain peace. However, there are severe political limitations on the ability of the UN to gather and analyse information. UN fact-finding, particularly if it involves the passive collection of information from open sources is the mildest of interventions. It is useful to examine th... View full abstract»

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  • Sustainable use of agricultural ecosystems: an optimum control problem

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):62 - 69
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    Agricultural ecosystems comprise both natural and socioeconomic processes. By introducing fertilizing, harvesting or irrigation as control variables, one is led to the formulation of control problems. A main problem is the development of suitable performance criteria if both economic and ecological aspects are taken into account. The use of control theory leads to two major problems. The first con... View full abstract»

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  • Human civilization and the main tool dimensions

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):330 - 339
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    In this work we cross human civilization, underline a humanization speed or rate (R), which is in relation with the morphological structures of our genus. Corresponding to this new concept, we detect new traits for a more complete human being definition. At the same time we propose two great eras for human civilization in relation to the representative tools dimensions. Along the same line, we dis... View full abstract»

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  • Knowledge tools supporting the concept of industrial ecology

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):149 - 158
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    Industrial ecology, by emulating the ecology of nature, is production with zero waste. Whatever is left over as a result of any particular transforming action or process is consumed in some other activity. Zero industrial waste seems near impossible. But left over materials can be recycled or reused. Waste water can be purified; air discharges rendered harmless. Knowledge is coming to the fore to ... View full abstract»

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  • The cognitive revolution and its implications for creating knowledge tools needed in achieving a sustainable society

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):235 - 244
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    The last 30 years have witnessed a qualitative change in our conception of how people learn (usually called the “cognitive revolution”), so that we think today not only in terms of acquiring discrete facts and skills but also in far more powerful terms of acquiring new ways of thinking. Of particular importance is the process of acquiring the habits of systematic and disciplined inquir... View full abstract»

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  • Sustainability, knowledge tools and the ethos of the Internet

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):292 - 302
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    Never before in the history of humankind have we enjoyed greater prosperity and at the same time never has the threat to human survival been greater due to environmental degradation, over population and the possibility of nuclear war. The explanation of this paradox of increasing prosperity and increasing danger lies in understanding that our knowledge tools create both service and disservice. Whi... View full abstract»

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  • Philosophy for sustainable society??

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):185 - 189
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    If the problem of the sustainable society and sustainable growth is to be fully incorporated into the various overall conceptions we have of ourselves and our place in the world, it is questionable whether we can afford to neglect its relation to philosophy. It is within this context that we attempt to argue two points which may or may not be obvious, depending on the angle of approach to the conc... View full abstract»

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  • Understanding and achieving sustainable systems through contingency planning and education

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):253 - 262
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    In the last decade of the 20th Century, there are indications that people who will live in the 21st Century, more than those of any previous century, may have to contend with conditions that threaten some forms of life on the planet and hence the conditions for human survival. For more than two centuries, the human population has increased exponentially and an increasing number of people have rais... View full abstract»

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  • Knowledge and sustainability: can the planet survive human cognition?

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):11 - 19
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    Earth has run a successful biosphere for about three billion years. While the Earth process has experienced both periods of stability and periods of transition the overall process has been one of growing creativity and complexification. The emergence of human consciousness and reflective thought offered a unique mode of planetary self-awareness and self-expression. Can the planet successfully inte... View full abstract»

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  • The rational choice and systemic paradigms compared

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):32 - 40
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    In describing and assessing the systemic approach to social phenomena, it is useful to compare it with other approaches. For the purposes of such a comparison, I have chosen the so-called `rational choice' approach, which is currently being intensively developed, particularly by some sociologists and political scientists. I chose this approach because it stands, in a way, at an opposite pole of a ... View full abstract»

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