Vortex freeorder : a concept of fundamental importance for explorers
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explorersfoundation.org/freeorder.html — a vortex is a region of Explorers Foundation research and investment.
freeorder is a single word, made by welding together free & order so that they may never again become separated.
Explorers Foundation uses freeorder to express our conviction that orders arising from freedom work best for people intent on using their full powers of imagination, reason, and action in pursuit of their own happiness, and in service to people and things they love.
Explorer: anyone who aspires to make fullest and best use of all available information in order to accomplish something personally meaningful, and who perseveres in manifesting this aspiration, undaunted by difficulties and failures.
V Two definitions of freeorder:
* What’s good for explorers, within each of us and among us.
> A balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest.
The word freeorder may come to convey the hope and assurance brought by the word spring spoken in midst of hard winter.
freeorder is a simple word for an extremely complex emergence, useful precisely because the emergence is so complex, comprising usually invisible interactions between things that seem today to have nothing in common, but that in the future will be understood to have shared common elements of great potency.
V freeorder does not mean spontaneous order: if it did there would be no need for the word.
> freeorder is not a synonym for “results of human action but not of human design.” See the work of F. A. Hayek on the differences between designed and spontaneous order, especially chapter 2, “Taxis and Cosmos”, of Law, Legislation and Liberty. Confusion of freeorder with spontaneous order indicates failure to comprehend the importance of design and requisite hierarchy.
> A Diagram of Kinds of Order: freeorder: the missing piece in the confusion between natural and human made orders
* “The Story of the Office for Open Network” ••• : between 1975 and 2000, an experimental freeorder generator ran in Denver as a small business.
> Definitions and uses of the word freeorder: 1/16/17
A note to forge builders and weavers of freeorder
> Added recently: 11/12/16 object-oriented software design
* Glyph 542 on freeorder
> More on freeorder: 1/26/17: Pattern Language
> We will not catalyze the emergence of a world fit for explorers nor fit ourselves well to live in such a world unless banners fly and songs are sung.
V Below this point there is no attempt organization (as if it would make a difference :-)
* http://www.philsalin.com/hth/hth.html: High-Tech Hayekians, by Don Lavoie, 1990 — the history of the beginning of a lot of interesting things relating to freeorder. —added April 2, 2017.
V Books somehow bearing on the concept and development of freeorder.
* Law, Legislation and Liberty, by F. A. Hayek, especially see chapter 2, “Cosmos and Taxis”.
* Good Profit, by Charles G. Koch
* Team of Teams, Stanley McChrystal
* The bibliography of books pertaining (somehow) to freeorder will become large. -12/3/16
* November 5, 2016: Conversion of all outlines to OmniOutliner is almost complete. Notebook.app (formerly used) is no longer viable.
V September 2, 2014: Confusion caused by the lack of a concept and a word for it has pervaded all discussion of social systems.
V The following is confusing. To understand the source of the confusion, refer to the diagram above.
> Two true statements: 1) freeorder is neither natural nor manmade; 2) freeorder is both natural and manmade.
V One false statement: freeorder is either natural or manmade.
* This statement is false because freeorder is a kind of mixed, or composite, order which is the result of human action but not of human design.
* By one definition, freeorder is natural; by another, manmade.
* There are deliberately shared orders, and accidentally shared orders, consciously shared orders and unconsciously shared orders.
* August 17, 2014: Considering detaching this and publishing with OmniOutliner in dynamic html format. Limit the Notebook to a summary.
> Log of thoughts about freeorder
* The word freeorder names the essential idea, vision, and objective of Explorers Foundation, Inc., and has been the founding principal of my company, Pattern Research, Inc., and of the Office for Open Network, Denver (1975-2000).
* the concept of freeorder encapsulates principles that are applicable both within our minds and to external things and systems. It is the generality of these principles that makes them so fascinating to me. Ultimately it is fragments of internal freeorder that underly the emergence of external freeorder.
V Praxeological Foundations of epistemology and economics
* Lost in Platonic word clouds where meanings seem to shift without warning . then found Korzybski’s Science and Sanity . became determined to know how I personally used every word that appeared in my philosophic discourse - and that came to mean that I must know how that word somehow had roots in things that for me, personally, were not words. If unable to do this, it seemed to me that I was living in clouds of words, floating above the earth, while all action took place on the ground, pushing and pulling things that were not words, whether outside of me, or inside as images or strings of words. So, spin up a good theory within a cloud of words unattached to the non-word world, and then use the verbal conclusion as sufficient grounds to change things that are not words. This is what I did not want to do.
* After I have rejected all explanations of my situation then how do I decide what to do? Standing in a void, and yet, to take a step must have a place to ground a foot. How find such a place when can easily nullify, i.e. either fail to comprehend or refute, every grounding proposed.
* How is it possible to have a foundation for life, thought, action, while at the same time, in principle, rejecting all certain foundations (as we would if good students of Karl Popper)?
* Langer started with biology and worked her way up to conclusions about epistemology. Most philosophy seems to move in the opposite direction.
* Given the praxeological use of the words “ends” and “means” it must be that nothing but an end can ever justify a means. So, always, the ends justify the means. Tricky word there, “justify”. Must be used to somehow assert that something is valued sufficiently to make it a basis for action.
V freeorder politics (politics of “no”)
* Have done a lot of work on this lately (2016). See glyph 563 (Parties of No Party) for a starting point.
* First described in a letter (never sent) to Harry Browne when he was running for President of U.S.)
> Internal freeorder
> External & Internal freeorder: common principles
> Random notes on freeorder
V Complex Adaptive Systems
* Complexity theory elucidates freeorder: What’s good for explorers; a balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest.   freeorder is a single word, made by welding together free and order. Explorers Foundation uses freeorder to express our conviction that orders arising from freedom work best for people intent on using their full powers of imagination, reason, and action in pursuit of their own happiness, and in service to people and things they love.   I got the concept from F. A. Hayek’s chapter, “Cosmos and Taxis,” in his Law, Legislation, and Liberty - in that book and elsewhere Hayek traces the origins of the recognition of spontaneous order in human affairs, noting the key features of civilization that are the product of human action but not of human design.
V Glossary - words used in talking about freeorder
* forge : freeorder generator
* order : a distribution of things that allows us to form an at least somewhat reliable expectation. (see Hayek, LLL) - the entire definition, as worded by Hayek is a marvel of insight and utility. It will be included here sometime soon. 1/16/17 18:22
> Bibliography
V Why the word freeorder is needed
V Examples of words created to fill a need
V Origin of the words neuron and synapse:
* There was a time when physiologists found themselves writing, over and over, “nerve cell,” and “the point at which the nerve impulse is transmitted from one nerve cell to another.” Sir Charles Sherrington, the Oxford Professor of Physiology, author of The Integrative Action of the Nervous System, 1904, introduced the words neuron, and synapse, resulting in useful compression and increased power of evocation. It was as if Sherrington had found cars capable of high speeds, slowed by a ridged and pitted road, and then had paved the road, enabling those speeds. -The Mold in Dr. Florey’s Coat: The Story of the Penicillin Miracle, by Eric Lax, Henry Holt & Company, 2005, pg. 37.
V Origin of the Japanese word, kyoso -from Alan Macfarlane’s Yukichi Fukuzawa and the Making of the Modern World:
* “A key incident was when Fukuzawa started to read the educational course published by William and Robert Chambers. There was a volume explaining in a simple way the principles of western economics. Fukuzawa described how ‘I was reading Chamber’s book on economics. When I spoke of the book to a certain high official in the treasury bureau one day, he became much interested and wanted me to show him a translation.’5 So Fukuzawa began to translate the work into Japanese, a translation which formed a part of the second volume of his Conditions of the West. As he did so he ran into an illuminating difficulty in translating the central premise of western economic systems. ‘I began translating it (it comprised some twenty chapters) when I came upon the word ‘competition’ for which there was no equivalent in Japanese, and I was obliged to use an invention of my own, kyoso, literally, ‘race-fight’.” See: http://www.alanmacfarlane.com/TEXTS/FUKUZAWA_final.pdf -pg. 65
> Fragments
> People whose work is relevant to the concept and practice of freeorder (evolving list, from which many currently contributing have so far been omitted). -12/3/16