Social Fuzziology: Study of Fuzziness of Social Complexity / Edition 1

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Fuzziology studies the fuzziness inherent in what we know about ourselves, the sources and nature of our experience, our thoughts and feelings, drives for understanding and urges to create and realise our potential. This kind of fuzziness is at the core of our existence, at the essence of our humanness. It affects any field of human activity, be it mathematical study of fuzzy equations and fuzzy integrals; engineering design and implementation of fuzzy logic-based methodologies; fuzzy control systems or fuzzy robots. Social fuzziology investigates the role of fuzziness in understanding the dynamic complexity of human existence in the social world. It is a study of the nexus between the complex demands of life -individual and social -and the fuzziness of thinking. Since human evolution over 2 billion years has seen the co-evolution of social complexity with human language and thought, it is likely that the fuzziness of language and thought is especially intimately formed by the demands of social complexity, just as social complexity is sustained by the inherent fuzziness of language and thought. Social fuzziology is not simply one field of application of fuzziology. Given the initial state of the development of fuzziology, social fuzziology needs to develop hand in hand with fuzziology, each helping to advance the other.

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"It is a book on postmodern philosophy which employs the terminology of soft computing and the theory of chaos as a metaphor and analogy. … The authors’ ambition is to start bridging the gap between sciences and humanities. … the ideas exposed in the book may enrich the reader’s thought … . Some parts of the book may certainly be found interesting, and the book may even help some people in the development of their own worldview … ." (Libor Behounek, Neural Network World, Vol. 14 (2), 2004)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783790815061
  • Publisher: Physica-Verlag HD
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing Series, #107
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Social Fuzziology.- 1.1 The Basic Postulate of Fuzziology.- 1.2 The Approach of Fuzziology.- 1.2.1 Dynamic Character of Fuzziness.- 1.2.2 The Bootstrapping Algorithm.- 1.2.3 Paradox of Fuzziology.- 1.2.4 Example.- 1.3 The Project of Social Fuzziology.- 1.3.1 Science and Art of Social Fuzziology.- 1.3.2 Awareness of Life as it Unfolds.- 1.4 Socrates’ Wisdom at the Origin of Fuzziology.- 1.4.1 Meno’s Paradox.- 1.4.2 Socrates’ Approach.- 1.4.3 Maieutic Inquiry.- Conditions Enhancing Maieutic Inquiry.- Maieutic Way: From Knowledge to Wisdom.- 1.5 Principles of Fuzziology: A Social Perspective.- 1.5.1 Principle of Incompatibility.- 1.5.2 Principle of Connectivity-in-Dynamics.- 1.5.3 Principle of Fractality.- 1.6 Impossibility Theorems.- 1.6.1 First Impossibility Theorem.- 1.6.2 Second Impossibility Theorem.- 1.7 Social Nature of Fuzziness.- 1.7.1 The Double Face of Fuzziness.- 1.7.2 Fuzziness and Power.- 1.8 Human-centred Sources of Fuzziness.- 1.8.1 Mind as a Source of Fuzziness.- 1.8.2 Ever-emerging Desires.- 1.8.3 ‘Golden Rules’ of Fuzziology.- 1.8.4 Danger of Dogmatising Fuzziness.- 1.8.5 The ‘Drowning-Man’ Paradox.- 1.9 Transcending Duality and Non-duality.- 1.9.1 Polarisation.- 1.9.2 ‘Transcendent’ Logic of Social Fuzziology.- 1.10 Consciousness Resonance.- 1.10.1 The Possibility Theorem.- 1.10.2 Journey Beyond Limitations of Fuzziness.- 1.10.3 Activating Consciousness Resonance.- 1.10.4 The ‘Bootstrapping’ Theorem.- 1.10.5 Resonance at Social Level.- 2 Bridging the Study of Complexity with Social Fuzziology.- 2.1 Complementarity and Mutual Enrichment.- 2.2 ‘Three Body Problem’ in Fuzziology.- 2.2.1 KAM Theorem.- 2.2.2 Dynamics of Fuzziness.- 2.3 Chaotic Attractors of Meaning.- 2.3.1 Emergence of New Meanings.- 2.3.2 Meanings of Dominance and Suppression.- 2.3.3 ‘Optimal’ Degree of Fuzziness.- 2.3.4 Symmetry Breaking and ‘Trunsduction’.- 2.4 Key Propositions in Social Fuzziology: A Complexity Perspective.- 2.4.1 Interwovenness and Unpredictability.- 2.4.2 Dealing with Complex Causality.- 2.4.3 ‘Fractality’ and Wholeness.- 2.4.4 Far-from-Equilibrium Criticality.- 2.4.5 Self-organization and Vorticity.- 2.4.6 Harmonious Co-evolution.- 2.5 Fuzzy Logic and Fuzziology.- 2.5.1 Fuzziness and ‘Softness’.- 2.5.2 Role of Fuzziology in Engineering Practice.- 2.6 Fuzziology and Creativity.- 2.6.1 Einstein’s View on Creativity.- 2.6.2 Inspiration.- 2.6.3 The Zen of Creativity.- 3 Understanding Fuzziness of Ourselves.- 3.1 Paradox of Mind.- 3.2 Journey towards Understanding Ourselves.- 3.3 Human Experiential Space.- 3.3.1 Characteristics of Human Experiential Space.- 3.3.2 Comparison between Experiential Fuzziness and Fuzziness of Thinking.- 3.3.3 ‘Strange’ Attractions in Human Experience.- 3.3.4 Understanding The Thinker.- 3.4 Maieutic Inquiry into the Essence of Human Dynamics.- 3.4.1 Existential Whirlpool: The Approach of Fuzziology.- 3.4.2 Timeless Essence: The Vedic Approach.- 3.4.3 On Practical Realisation of the Vedic Approach.- 3.4.4 Compatibility between the Vedic Approach and the Approach of Fuzziology.- 3.4.5 The Most Difficult Maieutic Question.- 3.5 Empowering the Thinker.- 4 Understanding Fuzziness of Society.- 4.1 Infinite Life of Society versus Finite Lives of Individuals.- 4.2 Collective Mind: A Pile of Fragmented Knowledge.- 4.3 From Understanding Ourselves to Understanding Society.- 4.4 Lack of Wisdom in Society.- 4.5 Towards Establishment of Global Empire.- 4.5.1. Hegemonic Ideology.- 4.5.2 Phenomenal Brainwash.- 4.5.3 False Identities.- 4.5.4 Towards Establishment of Global Control.- System of Fixed Identities.- Control of Human Identities.- Forces of Separation.- 4.6 Education and Learning in Society.- 4.6.1 Metabolism of ‘Borrowed’ Knowledge.- 4.6.2 Learning in Captivity of the Global Order.- 4.7 The Health Illusion.- 4.8 Dealing with Hard Negotiation.- 4.8.1 Four Typical ‘Hard’ Situations.- 4.8.2 Pursuit of Consensus: Practical Aspects.- 4.8.3 Transcending Paradoxical Situations.- 4.8.4 The Incoherence Principle.- 4.9 Conclusion.- 5 Case Studies: Understanding Fuzzy Social Categories.- 5.1 What is ‘Australian’?.- 5.2 Use and Abuse of Fuzziness in Social Life.- 5.3 Fuzzy Borders in the Globalising World.- 5.4 ‘Mexican Americans’, ‘Chicanos’ and Santana.- 6 Fuzziness of the West and the East.- 6.1 Fuzzy Dionysos.- 6.2 Philosophy of Flux.- 6.2.1 Zeno.- 6.2.2 Heracleitus.- 6.2.3 The Heretics.- 6.3 Other Masters of Fuzziology from the West.- 6.3.1 Aristotle.- 6.3.2 Hegel.- 6.4 Myths of Fuzziness.- 6.4.1 Wisdom of the Ancient Myths.- Procrustean Bed.- Gordian Knot.- Achilles Heel.- Pandora’s Box.- 6.5 The Fuzzy Wisdom of Tao.- 6.6 Aboriginal Wisdom.- 6.7 Using Fuzziness of the Ancient Wisdom.- 6.7.1 Bridging Myths and Reality.- 6.7.2 Example.- 7 Key Terms in the Language of Fuzziology.- 7.1 Fuzziness Defined.- 7.2 The Logos of Logic.- 7.3 Transformations.- 7.4 Transcendence.- 7.5 Understanding.- 7.6 The Social.- 7.7 Conclusion.- References.

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