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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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  • 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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  • When science calls religion

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):110 - 111
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    Issuing a warning to humanity, world scientists say that a new ethic is required, a new attitude towards discharging our responsibility for caring for ourselves and for the earth. The new attitude of the scientists seemed to be one as if people mattered. What I see here is an opportunity that we of the religious community need to grab with both hands. For here is now a way of putting back together... View full abstract»

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  • Acceleration, smoke and consequences. A disorder of orders

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):159 - 170
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    In this paper, I argue that if you want a sustainable future, you must deal with the roots of global-scale acceleration: acceleration in human numbers and acceleration in per capita consumption. Sustainability implies balance; acceleration demands imbalance. Globally speaking, if you want one, you can't have the other. To get at the roots, I suggest the tool of viewing acceleration as an imbalance... 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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  • Sustainability by design: education for the designed environment

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):100 - 108
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    The paper notes connections between large scale environmental degradation on the one hand, and civilization as seen from conventional perspectives in western countries on the other. While population growth in less advantaged countries is often seen as the primary threat to sustainability in global development, it is argued that the high levels of resource consumption in the more affluent nations a... 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 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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  • 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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  • 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 role of energy efficiency in sustainable development

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):140 - 148
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    The results are reported of an investigation into the role of increased energy efficiency in achieving sustainable development. In the paper the relations are examined between energy and sustainable development, and between energy efficiency and environmental impact. The theoretical and practical limitations on increased energy efficiency are discussed, particularly as they relate to sustainable d... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Turning toward the integrative: a colloquium on integrative study

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):313 - 320
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    The paper discusses the use of knowledge tools of an integrative nature which would be needed to support a sustainable civilization. It is an experiment on integrative approaches to global thought. It considers the economics and social issues of Kerala on the south-east coast of India View full abstract»

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  • Modern money-information, a sustainable civilization and systems pedagogy

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):84 - 89
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    Money-information is a powerful form of communication in modern societies. Its evolution parallels that of civilization itself. In fact, modern market-based societies could not exist at the level of complexity they exhibit without the simplifications provided by money-information. The sustainability of modern civilization, consequently, depends in no small degree upon the continuing evolution of m... View full abstract»

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  • Operationalizing sustainable development in a technology choice context: moving from theory to practice

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):130 - 139
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    The phrase “sustainable development” was coined to broadly address economic, social, technical and environmental interactions under a framework of intra- and inter-generational equity. Although very rich, the phrase “sustainable development” does not provide a robust and practical (i.e., operational) “knowledge tool” to help us understand and apply the concept. ... View full abstract»

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  • Group problem solving: if we could save the Earth, how would that be done?

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):70 - 78
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    Characterizing something as a problem commits us to coping with the problem in a problem-solving mode. Furthermore, while individuals might make a difference, a large-scale task such a saving the Earth would call for a group problem-solving configuration. Communication, cooperation, shared vision and negotiation introduce new complexity and often unanticipated emerging phenomena. If group members ... 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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  • 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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  • 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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