Articles by Anthony Judge

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Law and Order vs. Lore and Orders
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2013

Imagining Otherwise the Forceful Engagement of Singularity with Plurality – Produced in a period when the forces of the international community are complicit in bloody fantasies in Syria.

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Potential of Feynman Diagrams for Challenging Psychosocial Relationships?
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2013

The complexity and subtlety of the arguments and models offered by fundamental physics are widely recognized as one means of comprehending reality. To most they are essentially incomprehensible, if not irrelevant to the experience of daily life. It is of course the case that another form of complexity is evident in psychosocial systems, whether at the macro-level of global modeling or at the micro-level of interpersonal relationships.

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Risk-enhancing Cognitive Implications of the Basic Mathematical Operations
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2013

ADD, MULTIPLY, DIVIDE and SUBTRACT – This exploration uses the set of basic mathematical operations as a means of providing a mnemonic framework to highlight weaknesses in comprehension tending to accelerate processes of global civilizational collapse, as variously foreseen (Thomas Homer-Dixon, The Upside of Down: catastrophe, creativity, and the renewal of civilization, 2006; Jared M. Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, 2005; Johan Rockstrom and Anders Wijkman, Bankrupting Nature: Denying our Planetary Boundaries, 2012).

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Eliciting a Universe of Meaning Within a Global Information Society of Fragmenting Knowledge and Relationships
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Apr 2013

What is valued as meaningful in states, such as those configured within the the United States or the United Nations? How is meaning experienced in the case of other “states” as presented in a state of health? A civil or social status? The state of the environment? With respect to what universe is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be considered meaningful?

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Strategic Implications of 12 Unasked Questions in Response to Disaster
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Apr 2013

Produced on the occasion of publication of an analysis of What Went Wrong in Afghanistan (Foreign Policy, March/April 2013) and of investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings (April 2013) – Checklist of questions:

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Dynamic Transformation of Static Reporting of Global Processes
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Apr 2013

Suggestions for Process-Oriented Titles of Global Issue Reports – The main paper discusses the manner in which meaning is widely associated with “states”. This is evident in political efforts to create unions of states, exemplified by the United States, the League of Arab States, or the Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as by the many proposals at the regional level (United States of Europe, United States of Africa, United States of Latin America, United States of Latin Africa.

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Being Neither a-Waving Nor a-Parting: Considering Both Science And Spirituality
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2013

Produced on the occasion of publication by Science of an inspiring map of the Universe shortly after the Big Bang. Rather than engage in arid exploration of levels of complexity — ironically only comprehensible to the “enlightened” — the question here is whether there is a far more immediate understanding of how the distinction between wave and particle is to be experienced personally. Does such experience offer more radical and richer understandings of the sense of individual identity than is offered by convention?

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Nos Morituri Te Salutamus – Salute of Iraqi Citizens to the Coalition of the Willing
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Mar 2013

10 March 2003 – We, the Citizens of Iraq, are gathered here for your entertainment in the first 21st century media circus, to celebrate once again the tradition inaugurated by your forefathers during the time of the Roman Empire — an empire that your current Leader aspires to emulate. We who are about to die salute you was the phrase traditionally used by those about to die in the gladiatorial circus arenas of that time. Nos Morituri Te Salutamus!

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Psychosocial Implication in Gamma Animation: Epimemetics for a Brave New World
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Mar 2013

The much cited novel by Aldous Huxley (Brave New World, 1931) is recognized as having anticipated many more recent problematic developments in society and its technologies. As social satire, the novel envisages a world in which the population of Gammas, and the lower castes, is deliberately accelerated by genetic engineering — consistent with continuing approaches to unconstrained population increase.

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Cyborgs, Legaborgs, Finaborgs, Mediborgs
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Mar 2013

This is an exploration of how the human being has already been effectively transformed into a cyborg through immediate dependence on technology in daily life — with the technology becoming an extension of that identity. As argued here, similar transformations of identity are associated with human dependence on legislation, finance and medicine — through which identity is effectively defined.

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Wholth as Sustaining Dynamic of Health and Wealth
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2013

The concern here, in a time of increasing chaos, is the possibility that whatever is implied by the elusive sense of “togetherness” and “getting one’s act together”, these call for “new thinking” — and the recognition of the value of deprecated “old thinking”. It is increasingly clear that authoritative coherence is not to be expected, and when it is offered it tends to be part of the problem.

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Marrying an Other Whatever the Form
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Feb 2013

Reframing and Extending the Understanding of Marriage – The understanding of relationships with an “other” is central to highly controversial debate at this time. The debate focuses in particular on “same-sex marriage”. This is considered especially questionable by various religions, most explicitly those of Abrahamic tradition and most especially by the Catholic Church.

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Internyet Nescience?
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Feb 2013

Self-Referential Upgrading of Obsolete Internet Conference Processes Inhibiting Emergence of Integrative Knowledge – Paper originally envisaged for the 1st International Conference on Internet Science (10-13 April 2013, Brussels) held under the aegis of the European Commission, by the EINS project, the FP7 European Network of Excellence in Internet Science.

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University of Ignorance
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Feb 2013

The possibility of a University of Ignorance merits consideration as a process with which people could engage to unlearn. This would naturally contrast with the worldwide preoccupation with the culmination of intellectual effort in the education and research undertaken so exclusively at conventional universities — framed unquestionably as the advancement of knowledge. Whatever their much acclaimed merits, these tend to obscure the recognition of the potential significance of what is not known, most notably in relation to any transcendent “wisdom” which features so questionably in university preoccupations, if at all.

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Burnies versus Greenies ?
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2013

The variant “Greenies” is notably employed as a term of deprecation that carries implications of innocence and ignorance to frame the Greens as misinformed and misguided. The question here is facilitating the promotion of Green policies through identifying such a term in relation with such attitudes. The term of deprecation proposed here is “Burnies” — as a variation of “Burn”, analogous to the deprecatory use of “Greenies”. This gives a focus to what Burnies stand for — effectively naming the problem, from the Green perspective.

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Going Nowhere through Not-knowing Where to Go
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jan 2013

Whether for the individual, for factional interests, or for global governance, it is becoming increasingly clear that many experience a sense of “going nowhere”. Part of the issue lies in not knowing “where to go” in quest of whatever might have been imagined as desirable. The issue has been highlighted with respect to the young — as challenged by unemployment in an increasingly complex society — and with the long-term unemployed. It is also implicit in the situation of the terminally ill and the elderly, especially those confined to hospice care.

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Flatulence Is a Problem Aired
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2013

The third edition of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1990) was reviewed for The Guardian by John Vidal under the title Flatulence is a Problem Aired (The Guardian, 7 February 1992). The review was introduced by the phrase: John Vidal finds the authors of a definitive guide to all the world’s ills treading an ever thinner line between the sublime and ridiculous. At that time the review could be seen as a highly skillful journalistic exercise in what has since been recognized as characteristic of negative campaigning.

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Multi-phase Weaponisation of Replica Guns for Children
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Dec 2012

It is simply not plausible to understand events in Connecticut this Friday [14 Dec 2012] without having a conversation about guns in a country where more than 84 people a day are killed with guns, and more than twice that number are injured with them…. Americans are no more prone to mental illness or violence than any other people in the world. What they do have is more guns: roughly, 90 for every 100 people.

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Imaginative Reconfiguration of a post-Apocalyptic Global Civilization
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Dec 2012

Engaging Cognitively With the Illusion of the “End of the World”

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Beware of Legality, Accountability, Marketability, Security!
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2012

The current period highlights concerns with end times scenarios, whether in the form of eschatological predictions, planetary disaster or civilizational. A particular focus is offered by predictions relating to December 2012 and the completion of the Mayan/Aztec long count cycle. As noted by Ed Vulliamy (Mayan ‘death and rebirth’ date marks the perfect time to tackle planet’s crisis, The Observer, 16 December 2012)

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Enactivating Multiversal Community: Hearing a Pattern of Voices in the Global Wilderness
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2012

Poetry may be understood as discourse — even dialogue — in its own right. It is readily inferred that the writing of poetry is a mode of discourse and interaction with others — notably other poets. This clearly avoids any face-to-face interaction in the moment, as is suggested by the possibility which is the focus here. It is appropriate to note that the preparation and publication of scientific papers may also be considered as a mode of “discourse”, most notably within the scientific community. Scientific “debate” may well be associated with a succession of rounds of mutually critical paper publication — possibly over years.

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Knowledge Processes Neglected by Science
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2012

Insights from the Crisis of Science and Belief – Systemic knowledge processes neglected by science: What are the dimensions of knowledge and information of which science is itself uncritical or unconscious?

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Where There Is No Time and Nothing Matters
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2012

Cognitive Challenges at the Edge of the World – This commentary was further informed by the publication of a new study by James Boyce (Van Diemen’s Land, 2008) and the historic apology on 13th February 2008 by the Government of Australia to the Aboriginal peoples of Australia.

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Being a Poem in the Making
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Nov 2012

Produced in the light of the joint meeting of the Scientific and Medical Network and the
Society for Scientific Exploration on Mapping Time, Mind and Space (Brú na Bóinne, Ireland, 2012). Engendering a Multiverse through Musing – This is a reflection on engagement with the quantity of information, the challenge of quality and selectivity, and the consequences of ignorance and confusion as time goes by.

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Eightfold Configuration of Nested Cycles of Cognitive Transformations
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Oct 2012

Meta-Pattern of Connectivity through a Hypersphere? – In a preceding exercise the focus was on identifying the nature and range of cognitive transformations, of which people are commonly aware, in quest of an approach to configuring them together in a meaningful pattern (In Quest of a Dynamic Pattern of Transformations: sensing the strange attractor of an emerging Rosetta Stone, 2012). The following exploration is an effort to weave together these different “threads” using the periodic table as a valuable template.

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Considerable Conglomeration of “Cons” of Global Concern
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2012

Eightfold Constraint on Constructive Conflict Control? In these strange times there would seem to be a strange preponderance of ways in which problematic conditions are articulated through use of words prefixed by “con”. There is therefore a case for exploring these phenomena more systematically. This is done here by clustering words of that form which are used with greatest frequency. The approach is to endeavour to isolate clusters which are especially important to processes of governance — or to concerns regarding the efficacy of that governance.

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In Quest of a Dynamic Pattern of Transformations
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Oct 2012

The assumption is that greater understanding of transformation in generic terms, as a complex of processes, would enable and sustain new forms of development — especially for the individual in times of crisis. The approach takes its inspiration from the argument of Albert Einstein: “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”

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Transforming the Art of Conversation
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Sep 2012

Conversing As the Transformative Science of Development – In a period of multiple global crises — with more foreseen — it is worth asking what skills might be usefully cultivated. It is increasingly evident that every form of claim and blame can be formulated.

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Transforming and Interweaving the Ways of Being Stoned
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Sep 2012

“Stone” is used metaphorically and otherwise in a quite disparate range of contexts. Use of “stoned” as a provocative mnemonic device is then arguably appropriate through the distraction it offers, whether through use of drugs by individuals, or collective dependence on oil as a drug. The exorbitant expenditure on the occasion of global summits is also suggestive of the “stoned” conditions under which it is deemed appropriate for decision-makers to envision the future.

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Paradoxes of Engaging with the Ultimate in any Guise
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Aug 2012

Living Life Penultimately – There is a curious dependence on the “ultimate” in a variety of forms. This may be related to anticipation of an ultimate experience, whether in the form of a theory, a spiritual revelation, an encounter with another, a global strategy, or the like. The expectation is that this will be “ultimately” transformative in ways which can only be intuited, but whose consequences are much anticipated.

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12 Mindsets Ensuring Disappearance of Employment Opportunities
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Aug 2012

Towards a Systemic Reframing of the Job Culture – Produced in a period when the proportion of jobless in the Eurozone has reached a record level.

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Convergence of 30 Disabling Global Trends
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jul 2012

In a period characterized by a global crisis of crises, there is a case for exploring any means of articulating the set of those crises and the possibilities for their comprehension as a system. Of particular concern is the tendency to consider that there is far too much “bad news” and that the quest should be to set it aside as much as possible and focus on the “good news” offering hope for the future.

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Arming Civil Society Worldwide
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jul 2012

This exploration is concerned with the conditions required for comprehension and uptake of American-style democracy worldwide as a basis for the viability of the emergent American empire. The focus is on a unique feature of the American Constitution which ensures that citizens have the right to bear arms. [Plus: Addendum on last week’s mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado-USA (July 2012)]

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Implication of Indwelling Intelligence in Global Confidence-building
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jul 2012

Sustaining the Construction and Dynamic of Psychosocial Reality through Questioning – This is a reflection on the meaning that could be associated with “indwelling” and more specifically with “indwelling intelligence” — and what might then be its “global” implications. A primary concern is the increasingly apparent disconnect between words — often characterized as “empty” — and commitments in a political context from which viable global strategies are expected to emerge.

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Middle East Peace Potential through Dynamics in Spherical Geometry
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jul 2012

This is an exploration of the hypothesis that unique belief systems depend for their coherence on distinctive patterns typically embodied in geometrical symbols in two dimensions. On the basis of that assumption, the case tentatively explored here is that of the “incommensurability” of the 5-fold Star of Islam and the 6-fold Star of David of Judaism — both symbols appearing on flags of the nations having those distinct faiths.

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Exploring the Hidden Mysteries of Oxfam’s Doughnut
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jun 2012

Produced on the occasion of the Rio+20 Earth Summit (Rio de Janeiro, 2012). Oxfam has released a discussion paper. The paper presents a single visual framework – shaped like a doughnut – that represents a space within which humanity can thrive. This doughnut-like area is defined by combining the much-debated set of 9 “planetary boundaries” with a new set of 11 social boundaries, based on the 11 dimensions of human deprivation that emerged from the issues raised by governments in their Rio+20 submissions.

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Unthought as Cognitive Foundation of Global Civilization
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jun 2012

Implications of God, Debt, Overpopulation, Waste, Negligence, Encroachment and Death? This is an exploration of the possible nature of an immense cognitive “hole” — far “beneath” the conventional thought processes characterizing society, relationships and communication. The approach is partly inspired by the work of John Ralston Saul (The Unconscious Civilization, 1995), partly that of Maurice Merleau-Ponty (The Phenomenology of Perception, 1945), and partly that of Carl Jung on the collective unconscious.

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Swastika as Dynamic Pattern Underlying Psychosocial Power Processes
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 May 2012

This speculative exploration is not about the problematic (neo) Nazi use of the Swastika, nor is it about the use of the Swastika as a traditional symbol much valued in many cultures of the world. However it does suggest further insights into why the Swastika has been recognized in such contexts and why those contrasting uses merit further reflection.

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Engendering 2052 through Re-imagining the Present
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2012

Review of 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years As Presented To the Club of Rome

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Scientific Gerrymandering of Boundaries of Overpopulation Debate
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2012

Review of the Royal Society Report – The Royal Society has published the results of a study, by a very distinguished group, on the population challenge of humanity (People and the Planet, 2012). The approach is introduced as follows:

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Transcending Simplistic Binary Contractual Relationships
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Apr 2012

What Is Hindering Their Exploration? – There are numerous examples of territorial and boundary disputes around the globe. These are readily described in the simplest binary form — “that land belongs to us” and “not true, it belongs to us” (Us and Them: Relating to Challenging Others, 2009). The debates on these matters may last for years, typically highlighted by sporadic bouts of violence and threats of violence.

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10 Demands for Concrete Proof by We the Peoples of the World
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Apr 2012

Produced in a period when the USA is demanding concrete evidence from Iran that it is halting efforts to produce nuclear weapons.

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Enabling Wisdom Dynamically within Intertwined Tori
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Apr 2012

Requisite Resonance in Global Knowledge Architecture – The theme emerged from consideration of how wisdom could be rendered into more compact form for dissemination on Twitter, constrained by the 140 character limitation on any tweet message. The example explored was the set of 48 Zen koan assembled in a classic collection compiled in 1228 by the Chinese Zen master Wumen Hui-k’ai.

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Tweeter, Tweeter, Little Star: How I Wonder What You Are
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Apr 2012

Produced in a period when use of Twitter has become ever more significant in political processes and democratic protest.

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Living with Incomprehension and Uncertainty: Re-Cognizing the Varieties of Non-Comprehension and Misunderstanding
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Mar 2012

Produced In a Period When Sustained Incomprehension May Well Enable World War III – This follows from explorations of the experience of nothingness and pointlessness in daily life — especially as a consequence of the current pattern of global strategies (Configuring the Varieties of Experiential Nothingness, 2012; Way Round Cognitive Ground Zero and Pointlessness? 2012). The experience may well be intimately related to a sense of incomprehension at the paradoxes and absurdities of life, irrespective of how well-informed an individual may be.

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Towards the Dynamic Art of Partial Comprehension
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Mar 2012

Annex B of ‘Living with Incomprehension and Uncertainty’ (2012) – Shared binary commitment: Curiously, and as illustrated by Catholic commentary on the Galileo Affair (above), science and religion share a profound commitment to binary logic. This takes the form of truth/falsehood, right/wrong, correct/incorrect, believer/nonbeliever, etc — as variously interpreted. Shades of gray are condemned. This commitment is evident in the military operations they variously reinforce — in the distinction between friend/enemy, or victory/defeat, and the very nature of launching missiles against targets. As profit/loss, the latter pattern permeates commercial marketing and foreign policy, as previously discussed (Us and Them: Relating to Challenging Others, 2009; Enhancing Sustainable Development Strategies through Avoidance of Military Metaphors, 1998; ).

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10 Unanswered Questions on Iran and Israel
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Mar 2012

Produced in the light of the Press Conference of President Barack Obama (6 March 2012)
and a crisis meeting of the IAEA (Vienna, 7 March 2012) seeking consensus on action against Iran. Why is the case against Iran’s capacity to produce nuclear weapons of mass destruction always presented without systematic comparison with the track record relating to Israel’s capacity to produce weapons of mass destruction?

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Metaphorical Insights from the Patterns of Academic Disciplines
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Feb 2012

This document explores use of a particular metaphor from physics as a means of articulating understandings of openness and closedness in support of individual or collective identity. It follows from consideration of pattern language in a more general argument (Way Round Cognitive Ground Zero and Pointlessness: embodying the geometry of fundamental cognitive dynamics, 2012) of which it is is Annex D.

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Experience of Cognitive Implication in Fundamental Geometry
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Feb 2012

The question raised here is why particular geometrical forms are widely “felt” to be cognitively appropriate in the articulation of certain patterns of psychosocial action. Why are these simple forms borrowed metaphorically in this way and, since this is the case, why is similar use not made of more complex geometrical forms — potentially in more appropriate response to the complexities of psychosocial challenges?

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Configuring the Varieties of Experiential Nothingness
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jan 2012

The despair is necessarily both planet-wide and highly personal (Implication of Personal Despair in Planetary Despair, 2010). The condition can be described as a form of cognitive “ground zero” — a sense of pointlessness notably articulated through recognition that the future offers “nothing”, especially for those reduced to “nothing” by a combination of factors, as separately discussed (Reintegration of a Remaindered World, 2011; Way Round Cognitive Ground Zero and Pointlessness, 2012).

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Global Brane Comprehension Enabling a Higher Dimensional Big Tent?
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jan 2012

The focus here calls into question personal experiential relationship to a vast “external” framework of knowledge — elaborated and promoted as a “universal” framework. This framework, to the extent possible, is anchored in a fabricated complex language of formal logic within which certain concepts and insights are held to be demonstrably true. This language effectively marginalizes the experience of those who understand it only partially or not at all. It is imposed upon them as a requirement for effective engagement with reality, with the implication that people should “get with it” or be socially irrelevant. This denies the integrative value for the individual of radical experiential coherence in the moment — frequently highlighted by personal hardship, tragedy and nostalgia over time.

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Reintegration of a Remaindered World: Cognitive Recycling of Objects of Systemic Neglect
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Dec 2011

Prepared as an aid to reflection on a world of “remaindered people” currently of concern to the “Indignant” and to the Occupy movement.

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Social Remainders from Psychosocial Remaindering
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Nov 2011

Review of Current Usage and Implications – Prepared as an aid to reflection on the world of “remaindered people” currently of concern to the Occupy movement.

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Mapping Paralysis and Tokenism in the Face of Potential Global Disaster
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Nov 2011

Why Nobody Is About To Do Anything Effective and What One Might Do About It – A Special Report of a current issue of The Economist has been entitled Staring into the Abyss: Europe and its currency (12 November 2011). The introductory leader argues: When the world’s third-largest bond market begins to buckle, catastrophe looms. At stake is not just the Italian economy but Spain, Portugal, Ireland, the euro, the European Union’s single market, the global banking system, the world economy, and pretty much anything else you can think of.

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In Quest of Sustainability as Holy Grail of Global Governance
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Nov 2011

Produced on the Occasion of the G-20 Summit (Cannes, October 2011) – The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has indicated: In these difficult times, the biggest challenge facing governments is not a deficit of resources; it is a deficit of trust. People are losing faith in leaders and public institutions to do the right thing. The forthcoming G-20 meeting in Cannes takes place against this dramatic backdrop. (The Clock Is Ticking, International Herald Tribune, 31 October 2011)

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Map of Systemic Interdependencies None Dares Name
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2011

12-Fold Challenge of Global Life and Death – Produced on the occasion of the world population having reached 7 billion and of publication of the The State of World Population 2011 by the United Nations Population Fund — coincidental with a historic summit on the European sovereign debt crisis to “save Greece”, “save Europe” and “save the world economy.”

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Engendering a Psychopter through Biomimicry and Technomimicry
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Oct 2011

The possibility explored here follows from the questions raised at the time of writing by the unprecedented street protests in Wall Street, subsequent to the widespread revolutionary protests of the so-called Arab Spring (Sarah Jaffe, This Is Only Getting Bigger: 20,000 Rally in New York to Support Occupy Wall Street, AlterNet, 5 October 2011).

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Systemic Biomimicry of Dinosaurs by Multinational Corporations
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Oct 2011

Clearing the Ground for Future Psychosocial Evolution – Comparisons have long been made between the pattern of behaviour of multinational corporations and that of dinosaurs. At the time of writing some 440,000 such references were indicated by Google. Typically the comparison is merely for rhetorical purposes, avoiding the possibility that more might be derived from this widespread “pattern recognition”.

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International Institute of Advanced Studies in Mathematical Theology
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Oct 2011

The strategic importance of faith-based governance is evident from the conflicts sustained by it as well as by its continuing significance in the politics of dominant superpowers. Despite the claims of science and atheists, adherence to extraordinary world views is increasing, as documented by editors of The Economist, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge (God Is Back: how the global revival of faith is changing the world, 2009).

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Strategic Complexity ∞ Attracting Consensus
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2011

Klein Is Beautiful ∞ Sustaining Identity in Time – Recent events continue to demonstrate that the probability of achieving global agreement on conflict-inducing issues and emergencies is low — within the frameworks and worldviews currently considered appropriate in negotiations to that end. Temporary compromises are primarily conducive to subsequent dysfunctional game-playing and collapse of any consensus.

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En-joying the World through En-joying Oneself
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2011

Eliciting the Potential of Globalization through Cognitive Radicalization. This is an exploration of the possibility of radical existential coherence in engaging with the otherness of the wider world. It endeavours to distinguish cognitive radicalization from its current primary association with political radicalization — and especially through its violent expressions in religious fundamentalism.

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Tomorrow, Who Will Govern the World?
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Aug 2011

The author of Demain, qui gouvernera le monde? (2011), Jacques Attali, has every reason to be considered an authority on the subject of his new book. Aside from having held many positions in relation to national and international governance, as an academic he has been an extremely prolific author on a wide range of relevant subjects, including A Brief History of the Future (2006), La crise, et après? (2008) and Survivre aux crises: 7 stratégies (2009).

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Implication of Toroidal Transformation of the Crown of Thorns
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2011

Design Challenge to Enable Integrative Comprehension of Global Dynamics – This is an exercise in identifying a set of threads which might be fruitfully woven together into an unusual pattern of significance of relevance to both the challenge of governance and of individuation.

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Gruesome but Necessary: Global Governance in the 21st Century?
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Aug 2011

Extreme Normality as Indicator of Systemic Negligence – How are people to think of the massacre of less than a hundred Norwegians — in a global society characterized by daily reporting of instances of tragic deaths of every kind and number? What might who do about it and why?

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Monkeying with Global Governance
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jul 2011

Emergent Dynamics of Three Wise Monkeys in a Knowledge-Based Society – Worldwide broadcasts on 19 July 2011 provided an unprecedented four hours of coverage of a meeting of the Select Committee for Culture, Media and Sport of the UK Parliament — interviewing those primarily responsible for the governance of the world’s major news organization. Through a subsidiary, this was recently implicated in a phone-hacking scandal of major proportions.

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¿Higher Education ∞ Meta-education?
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2011

Transforming Cognitive Enabling Processes Increasingly Unfit For Purpose – The current period is witness to severe inadequacies in response to humanitarian crisis (10 million threatened with starvation in Africa) and in governance of the global financial system (imminent risk of dollar and eurozone defaults). It is curiously significant that the potential dollar default is associated with the most powerful nation, recognized for the merit of its higher education system, whereas the most probable eurozone default is that of a far weaker nation from which understandings of higher education first originated.

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Humanitarian Disaster or Act of God — Dangerous Implication in Practice?
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jul 2011

Responding Systemically To the Probable Fate of Millions – Given the fundamental importance in practice of religious belief and obedience to divine injunctions, to what extent is disaster to be understood as an Act of God, or rather as a disastrous failure of human civilization — thereby enabled and heralding its final collapse (cf Jared Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive, 2005)

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Ungovernability of Sustainable Global Democracy?
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2011

Towards Engaging Appropriately With Time – Prepared on the occasion of political upheaval in Arab countries, potential destabilization of Europe through default on public debt in Greece and other eurozone countries, problematic military outcomes in Afghanistan and Libya, and failed response to climate change challenges.

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Mind Map of Global Civilizational Collapse: Why Nothing is Happening in Response to Global Challenges
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2011

Produced on the occasion of the release of a map of a massive cosmic galactic collision 11 million light years from Earth — and massive uprisings in the Mediterranean region on Earth, endangering the European and global economies.

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Reframing the Dynamics of Engaging with Otherness
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2011

Triadic Correspondences between Topology, Kama Sutra and I Ching – Produced on the occasion of the open solicitation for proposals for the The Metaphor Program of the US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity with participation of the US Army Research Laboratory. The challenge of engaging with “others” and their “otherness” is fundamental to the difficulties of governance at every level of society — from the global to the individual.

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The Consensus Delusion: Mysterious Attractor Undermining Global Civilization As Currently Imagined
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2011

The so-called global civilization is a quarrelsome environment. Appeals for consensus are typically pathetic exercises in tokenism in their effective influence on the reality of psychosocial dynamics. Vast resources are nevertheless allocated on the assumption that consensus will be achieved. Is it possible that the quest for consensus, as currently imagined, will be considered pathological by the future? An approach to the challenge has been helpfully made in the highly controversial study by Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion, 2006), from which the above title is adapted as a “methodological device”.

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Pre-Judging an Institution’s Implicit Strategy by the Director’s Private Behaviour
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 May 2011

Remarkable parallels in the case of the IMF and Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The question explored here is whether there are useful parallels to be recognized between the strategic policies pursued by the IMF over the years — both publicly and discretely — and those exemplified by the behaviour of its Managing Director, again both publicly and privately. Any such parallels would be especially noteworthy to the extent that they reflect the unchallenged attitudes of the powerful to those who are relatively vulnerable — and whose vulnerability is exacerbated in consequence. Fruitful questions include:

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Iconic Extrajudicial Execution of Jesus through Osama by US?
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2011

Whither a cyclopean global Pax Americana lacking depth perception?

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Guidelines in Response to Degrees of Anti-social Behaviour: Airline Passengers and Children as a Case Study
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2011

The argument has implications for those obliged to spend time in closed environments where they are exposed to various levels of disruptive behaviour, including bullying and harassment: prisons, military, schools, work environments, etc. Especially relevant is the disempowerment experienced by those exposed to such behaviour and the rights assumed by those engaging in it — and the complicity of those aware of such behaviour.

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Massive Elicitation of Psychosocial Energy: Requisite Technology for Collective Enlightenment
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Apr 2011

Insights arising from the multiple disaster of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan (2011) and from the massive Arab uprisings in the same period. The following discussion is necessarily speculative in an attempt to explore alternative ways of thinking about the “crisis of crises” in all its cognitive complexity — about which there would appear to be a dearth of the much-sought creative “new thinking”.

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Interplanetary Security Council resolution: No-fly zone on Earth – Resolution 1973
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Mar 2011

This is a translated text of a resolution of the Interplanetary Security Council, apparently leaked by WikiLeaks-Solar.

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Anticipating Future Strategic Triple Whammies: In the Light of Earthquake-Tsunami-Nuclear Misconceptions
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2011

Beyond deploring the horrendous destruction and loss of life and livelihoods in Japan, the question is how to derive insight from the event. Of special relevance is the manner in which the event overwhelmed assiduous provisions in anticipation of any single crisis. The point was originally well made by John Platt:

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Universal Declaration of the Rights of Human Organization
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Mar 2011

An Experimental Extension of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Freedom, Democracy, Justice: Isolated Nouns or Interwoven Verbs?
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2011

There is a key interpretation of the initial process described in the Book of Genesis, honoured by the three Abrahamic religions — together so significant through their interaction in exacerbating the crises of the world. For the Christian religion, so influential in defining the “values” of the international community, that interpretation is: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

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Primary Global Reserve Currency: The Con?
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Feb 2011

Confidence is essentially intangible and it is therefore somewhat extraordinary that it should be so fundamental to what might otherwise be considered the most tangible aspects of the material world — as evident in the world of business and finance, necessarily so economic with the truth. “Confidence” is supposedly not even a matter of consideration in any evaluation of the financial condition of a commercial enterprise or a national economy. This supposition is in fact quite incorrect as the financial crisis of 2008-9 has demonstrated through concern with assumption of risk and “credit ratings”.

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Disastrous Floods as Indicators of Systemic Risk Neglect
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Feb 2011

Implications for Authoritative Response to Future Surprises. This is an exploration of the level of neglected risk visibly and dramatically highlighted by a number of recent highly publicized floods which have been framed as unforeseeable surprises. At the time of writing the prime example is in Australia on the occasion of the Queensland flood of 2010,which has been followed by flooding in Victoria.

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Living as an Imaginal Bridge between Worlds: Global implications of “betwixt and between” and liminality
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jan 2011

This is an imaginal exploration of living between conventional sides, modes or choices — living on the bridge between them, or as that bridge. It conflates significance potentially associated with the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte Sospiro) and the Ponte Vecchio — both of them variously covered. Both are iconic “musts” for tourists travelling to Venice and Florence. Both have offered inspiration elsewhere and down the centuries. The Ponte Vecchio dates notably from the Renaissance period and its historical origins in Florence. The question here is whether they together point to a context through which to explore the possibilities of living “in between” the divisive choices by which society is currently faced — at a time when there are many calls for new thinking and reflections on a “new Renaissance”. A concern is whether the requisite cognitive nature of such collective emergent insight might well be “missed” in some way, as previously discussed (Missing the New Renaissance? 2010; From Changing the Strategic Game to Changing the Strategic Frame: missing cognitive possibility in changing the system not the planet, 2010).

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From Changing the Strategic Game to Changing the Strategic Frame
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Dec 2010

This is a commentary on the argument of Mexican activist Gustavo Esteva following the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Mexico, 2010 (The Arrogance of Cancún, The Guardian, 16 December 2010; Spanish version). He concludes that the lesson of this feeble climate deal is that “governments have played God and failed. It is up to the activists now”. He cites the alternative Cancún Declaration by the International Forum for Climate Justice — The People’s Dialogue (Foro Internacional de la Justicia Climática — Diálogo de la Pueblos) with its slogan: Let’s change the system, not the planet. Specifically the text of the alternative declaration [original Spanish versions: Declaración de Cancún Foro Internacional de Justicia Climática; Declaración del Foro Alternativo por la Justicia Climática Cancún 2010; Foro Mundial de Alternativas: Declaración de Cancún; Declaración de Cancún – Foro Internacional de Justicia Climática] includes the phrase:

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Alleged Breach of UN Treaty Obligations by US
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Dec 2010

Press Coverage and Commentary Following WikiLeaks Cable Dissemination: A classified directive which appears to blur the line between diplomacy and spying was issued to US diplomats under Hillary Clinton’s name in July 2009, demanding forensic technical details about the communications systems used by top UN officials, including passwords and personal encryption keys used in private and commercial networks for official communications. It called for detailed biometric information “on key UN officials, to include undersecretaries, heads of specialised agencies and their chief advisers, top SYG [secretary general] aides, heads of peace operations and political field missions, including force commanders” as well as intelligence on Ban’s “management and decision-making style and his influence on the secretariat”.

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WikiLeaks and the First Global Condom War
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Dec 2010

This is an exploration of the curious mirroring between the role of Julian Assange, as the founder of WikiLeaks, and that of the US as the world’s currently acclaimed sole superpower. As is now typical of any global crisis, many are now focused on who to blame and whether they can be neutralized or eliminated — getting the justice they deserve — whilst others complicit in the process escape with impunity, honours and rewards as the exemplification of the universal values of humanity.

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Transcending One-eyed Global Modelling Perspectives: Incorporating Under-Currents into Global Circulation of Value
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Dec 2010

The dissemination by WikiLeaks of classified communications of the US military and diplomatic services allows serious attention to be given to systemic phenomena which are typically dismissed as being “unconfirmed” allegations of marginal significance — at worst exceptional incidents. Whilst “everyone” has long acknowledged the extent of secrecy and corruption, this was typically minimized or denied in official communications, establishment media and education systems. More problematic is the degree to which such systemic phenomena have been denied or minimized in academic studies and modelling of the world system.

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Superquestions for Supercomputers
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Nov 2010

This is a reflection on the press release announcing that Supercomputers ramp up to tackle global societal problems (Science and Technology Facilities Council, 17 November 2010). The press release argues that supercomputers of the future, capable of rapidly crunching vast amounts of data way beyond the existing capabilities of current technology, will spearhead the development of new drugs, new sources of energy and environmental monitoring.

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Cultivating Global Strategic Fantasies of Choice
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Nov 2010

Learnings from Islamic Al-Qaida and the Republican Tea Party Movement: Subsequent to the success of the Republican Tea Party movement in the recent US mid-term elections, Gary Younge argued the case that the “Tea Party” does not in fact exist (The Tea Party is not new, or coherent. It’s merely old whine in new bottles, The Guardian, 7 November 2010). This elicited several hundred comments. This argument follows various observations regarding the questionable nature of the “existence” of Al-Qaida (Learning from “al-Qaida” as a source of terrorism, 2005).

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Missing the New Renaissance? No Room at the In?
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Nov 2010

Produced on the occasion of a conference of the Scientific and Medical Network to launch a compilation: A New Renaissance: transforming science, spirit and society (2010).

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From Quantitative Easing (QE) to Moral Easing (ME)
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Nov 2010

A Stimulus Package to Avert Moral Bankruptcy? Commentary on the release via WikiLeaks of 400,000 documents regarding the reality on the ground in Iraq — as reported by troops in the field — has called into question the moral foundation of the intervention by the coalition forces in their various incarnations and manifestations in the Iraq-Afghanistan area (Multi-National Force – Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force 7 , NATO Training Mission – Iraq, Coalition of the Willing, International Security Assistance Force).

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Re-Emergence of the Language of the Birds through Twitter?
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Oct 2010

Harmonising the Configuration of Pattern-Breaking Interjections and Expletives. The following exploration is dedicated to Johan Galtung on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
He originally instigated the focus on Forms of Presentation through the Goals, Processes and Indicators of Development project (1978-82) of the United Nations University.
Nominated for the No Bull Peace Prize in 2010, he also plays the flute.

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Engendering Invagination and Gastrulation of Globalization
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Oct 2010

Reconstructive Insights from the Sciences and the Humanities

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No Bull Prize Nominations
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Sep 2010

This is a contribution to efforts to put the No Bull Prize Award on an appropriate footing in global society.
No Bull Prize for Business
* Naomi Klein, for telling it as it is, and most notably for No Logo: no space, no choice, no jobs (2000), Fences and Windows: dispatches from the front lines of the globalization debate (2002), and The Shock Doctrine: the rise of disaster capitalism (2007)
No Bull Prize for Information
* WikiLeaks, for courageous release of documents otherwise withheld from the public
* Inter-Press Service
No Bull Prize for Journalism
* John Pilger, for telling it as it is
* Robert Fisk, for telling it as it is
No Bull Peace Prize
* Johan Galtung, for telling it as it is
* Nonviolent Peaceforce
More…

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Enabling Governance through the Dynamics of Nature
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Sep 2010

Exemplified by Cognitive Implication of Vortices and Helicoidal Flow. This follows from the case previously made for exploring “toroidal governance” to compensate for the evident inadequacies of “global governance” (From global governance to toroidal governance, 2010). Of particular interest in that respect are the vortex dynamics by which toroidal forms are sustained, as commonly illustrated by the smoke ring. Vortex rings have been acknowledged by many investigators as one of the most fundamental and fascinating phenomena in fluid dynamics (Feliks Kaplanski, Dynamics of Vortex Rings, SciTopics, 12 July 2010).

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Sustaining a Community of Strange Loops
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Aug 2010

Comprehension and Engagement through Aesthetic Ring Transformation

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Warp and Weft of Future Governance
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Aug 2010

Ninefold Interweaving of Incommensurable Threads of Discourse. The purpose here is merely to point to the possibility of combining the threefold weaving explored by Gidley with the quite different weaving explored by Douglas Hofstadter (Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid, 1979). The implication this ninefold weaving responds to dimensions of the challenge of governance neglected by the two threefold weavings considered individually.

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Circulation of the Light: Essential Metaphor of Global Sustainability?
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jul 2010

Does civilizational collapse become probable when the resources of the cognitive geometry on which a civilization chooses to live are exhausted — as an extension of the argument of Jared Diamond (Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, 2005)?

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Strategic Embodiment of Time: Configuring Questions Fundamental to Change
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2010

With respect to the global financial crisis, Sohail Inayatullah has presented a set of seven narratives derived by use of Causal Layered Analysis (Multiple Narratives of the Futures of the Global Financial Crisis, Journal of Futures Studies, 2010). The possibility explored here is that there are implicit questions associated with each of these foundational or generative narratives which could be considered in the light of the classical set of seven WH-questions (when, where, which, what, who, why, how).

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Engaging with the Inexplicable, the Incomprehensible and the Unexpected
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2010

In celebration of the United Nations International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures and the International Year of Biodiversity.

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Enacting Transformative Integral Thinking through Playful Elegance
Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jun 2010

A Symposium at the End of the Universe?

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