Monday, March 16, 2009


Chaos. A word describing my endeavor, my goal to comprehend its influence but never being fully touched. Always pussyfooting around but never struck at the heart. Trying hard, examining the effects, the tangible marks, opening inroads but never near. All the thoughts, ideas, concepts amassed did not materialise into something solid about what chaos is. It did not make me feel sure enough to title a post, with that very word.

I have been annoyed often enough when I kept reading about chaos as an unpleasant state, brought out of the minds of the people, referring to as a state to be avoided at all costs, stirred clear of its path, branding it as synonym of mayhem and destruction. I myself was confused as well, as by reading their descriptions, I could not but agree.

Certainly, on and on, I found solace on the thought of the human individual's limited perception. The fallacies that are perpetrated as a result. Along with an unwillingness to learn, either voluntary as a result of an enhanced ego, or involuntary as a result of their working patterns which demand for individuals a great chunk of their day-to-day time, forced into comfort zones, neglecting their chance for personal development.

We have to distinguish chaos drawn out of the testimonies of individuals, laying out their experience of chaos and the chaos which I would call mathematical chaos which nevertheless it is connected to the chaos of objects, objects can be thought of as attractors developed by chaotic processes of mathematical chaos.

Mathematical chaos, as its description entails the use of variables and parametres, that represent the conditions prevalent in the space or time that chaos take place. This conditions are determined by the kind of objects within that specific space and time which ensue interactions, interactions that affect the parametres and variables, as their values change with time and space. It has been called deterministic as it is not random and its course can be determined. Determination can be referred to as purpose.

The mathematical chaos underlies the chaos of objects.

Objects as a house which is the result of processes undertaken by the individuals who built the house. Out of the synchronized and coordinated processes of all individuals involved, from its conception in the mind of the architect and civil engineer and contractor to the bricklayers, roofers, plasterers, carpenters, electricians, fitters concerted efforts, each individual involved with its own purpose, the deterministic element inherent in the individual processes undertaken.

Chaos becomes evident when the whole process of building a house, is filmed from its foundation to the last job done, watched in fast forward motion. The teeming of people witnessed, is baffling to the human mind, it gets confused and lost, chaos experienced. The human mind does not manage to see the synchronization in the processes of the people involved, or barely, and such a lack from the perspective of perception is attributed as chaos. The blueprints of the architect act as an attractor. All the efforts (processes) undertaken are attracted to the plans, where no brick is laid out anywhere else apart where the walls in the plan are, no tile is hung mid-air apart from where the roof is.

And more than the very conception of the house, the blueprints the architect prepares, the type, shape, size has passed through many variations, from its inception of dwellings for people to reside in, to its modern form it is a result of attractors as they have developed over the years. The time dimension of the attractor house.

Attractors which acquire physical form, become tangible but being no different in conception to any other attractors, tangible or intangible, as they evolve out of chaos.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A synchronization's role in the 'considered as metaphysical notions transcending the boundaries of science' processes that accomplish "wholeness"?

"A line synchronization problem and the repeated intrusive tests required for problem determination have caused over 6 hours of outages this week"

This passage drew my attention this morning. Its coming, its entrance into my consciousness seemingly random, and I emphasize seemingly, as its connection, minutes after, with thoughts I have been contemplating the past few days ... it seems uncanny.

Even now, as I try to record these thoughts, I let them come by themselves, unbiased, by any considerations external to the thoughts themselves, even, by my very own conscious thoughts. A theme I have mentioned in other posts before, which boils down to ... let my chaotic mind flow ...

Thoughts already in place, hooked on the phrase 'problem determination', to determine the problem, to elucidate what the problem is, before attempting to solve it, to offer solutions. An approach which is recommended, in any discipline individuals are engaged in.

The problem, 'line synchronization problem', the line being a channel, path, trajectory, down which a stream, or waves are propagated. Lack of synchronization, being out of step, and ...., enriching the concept with more attributes, that will spring, kickstart, induce further associations ....,

"(engineering) The maintenance of one operation in step with another,.."


" (electronics) Also called sync. Precise matching of two waves or functions."


"(DOD) 1. The arrangement of military actions in time, space, and purpose to produce maximum relative combat power at a decisive place and time."


"2. In the intelligence context, application of intelligence sources and methods in concert with the operation plan."


"Synchronization or synchronisation[1] is timekeeping which requires the coordination of events to operate a system in unison. The familiar conductor of an orchestra serves to keep the orchestra in time. Systems operating with all their parts in synchrony are said to be synchronous or in sync."

In my mind, I have associated synchronization with what I read in the paper "The History and Status of General Systems Theory", by Ludwig von Bertalanffy. Particularly what is mentioned in page 415.

"General systems theory, then, consists of the scientific exploration of "wholes" and "wholeness" which, not so long ago, were considered to be metaphysical notions transcending the boundaries of science. Novel concepts, methods, and mathematical fields have developed to deal with them."

Systems looked at, from the perspective of "wholes", and "wholeness" as a 'drive' that sparks and maintains a force, within the system with the task of acting towards achieving an end, end being the system acquires "wholeness", becomes a "whole", and as a "whole" acts to its surroundings. Achieved by synchronization 'the coordination of events to operate a system in unison'. Synchronization assuming a role in the 'considered to be metaphysical notions transcending the boundaries of science' processes that accomplish "wholeness"?

And wholeness is achieved in systems, (page 415, bertalanffy.pdf)

" ... not only the elements but their interrelations as well are required ..."

by the elements, a system is comprised of, and vitally their interrelations, which without, the system would not be.

Elements and their interrelations, in a sense given in the following paragraph, page 414-415

"Classical science in its various disciplines,such as chemistry, biology, psychology, or the social sciences, tried to isolate the elements of the observed universes-chemical compounds and enzymes, cells, elementary sensations, freely competing individuals, or whatever else may be the case-in the expectation that by putting them together again, conceptually or experimentally, the whole or system-cell, mind, society-would result and would be intelligible."


line synchronization problem ......... repeated intrusive tests ...required........ for ....problem determination

problem: where .... line ... channel, path, trajectory what synchronization ..... out of step, propagation