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Eight Strategies for Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science
Buckminster Fuller Institute
In 1950, Buckminster Fuller set up an outline for a course in
Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science. Taught at MIT in 1956 as part
of the Creative Engineering Laboratory, this course by Fuller probably
served as one of their more unusual offerings. The students who took the
course, all engineers, industrial designers, materials scientists and
chemists, represented research and development corporations across
America. The following presents highlights from Fullerīs syllabus
outlining eight components of the course, written before the Dymaxion
Map reached its final, icosahedral phase and preceding the publication
of Synergetics I and 2 by twenty-five years. This is a theory which at
its outset in 1927 promised to develop world-around effectiveness of an
individualīs initiation despite the formidability of prevailing economic
patterns. The name of the theory explains this strategy: an INDUSTRIALLY

Peter    (03)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jack Park" <jackpark@thinkalong.com>
To: <ba-ohs-talk@bootstrap.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 14, 2002 4:33 PM
Subject: [ba-ohs-talk] Fwd: [PORT-L] Nadin on Anticipation    (04)

> It seems to me that the significance of this talk on anticipation goes
> to important aspects of holistic thinking.  Earlier, if memory is
> Peter Jones asked about chaos and other forms of inquiry.  That chaos
> with feedback systems, that's one aspect of holistic thinking.  Robert
> Rosen wrote the book _Anticipatory Systems_ and later the book _Life
> Itself_, in which he applies Category Theory to an approach to
> that he calls Relational Biology.  The following talk, and any
> you can find with google might yield a useful perspective on holistic
> thinking, particularly as relates to applying that brand of thinking
to the
> evolution of an OHS.
> >From: Mary Keeler <mkeeler@U.WASHINGTON.EDU>
> >
> >Mihai Nadin is back in the US, this time as a visiting professor at
> >Berkeley, where some of you might catch his lecture this week:
> >
> >"The End is Where We Start From."
> >
> >http://buffy.eecs.berkeley.edu/Seminars/2002/Apr/020418.nadin.html
> >
> >April 18, 2002
> >320 Soda Hall
> >4:00-5:30pm
> >
> >"Anticipation: Why is it a subject of research? Anticipation occurs
in all
> >spheres of life. It complements the physics of reaction with the
> >pro-active quality of the living. Nature evolves in a continuous
> >anticipatory fashion targeted at survival. The dynamics of stem cells
> >demonstrate this mechanism. Through entailment from a basic stem cell
> >infinite variety of biological expression becomes possible. Sometimes
> >humans are aware of anticipation, as when we plan. Often, we are not
> >of it, as when processes embedded in our body and mind take place
> >we realize their finality. In tennis, for example, the return of a
> >professional serve can be successful only through anticipatory
> >A conscious reaction takes too long to process. Anticipation is the
> >driving the stock market. Creativity in art and design are fired by
> >anticipation. "The end is where we start from," T. S. Eliot once
> >Before the archer draws his bow, his mind has already hit the target.
> >Motivation mechanisms in learning, the arts, and all types of
research are
> >dominated by the underlying principle that a future state--the
> >result--controls present action, aimed at success. The entire subject
> >prevention entails anticipatory mechanisms."
> >
> >Mihai has attempted an overview of work on anticipation (including
that of
> >Rosen, Dennett, and others) in twelve definitions, which he states as
> >working hypotheses.  His project includes three forms together: BOOK,
> >DVD, and WEB (as repository and dynamic forum--a portal for a
> >community).  See http://www.anticipation.info
> >
> >for an account of his latest work.  Congratulations, Mihai!  --MK
> >
> >____________________________________________________________
> >Prof. Dr. Mihai Nadin, Visiting Scholar, University of California at
> >Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC), Computer Science
> >199 MF Cory Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720--1776, Telephone: 510.643.4523
> >www.code.uni-wuppertal.de, www.anticipation.info
>    (05)