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Pratitya -Samutpada: Road to Peace and Socio-Political Justice

When this is, that is.

From the arising of this comes the arising of that.

When this isn’t, that isn’t.

From the cessation of this comes the cessation of that.

Pratitya -Samutpada: Road to Peace and Socio-Political Justice



Department of Philosophy


Why Use A Taxonomy Management Tool?

This question was recently asked and addressed in a community online forum that my colleagues and I participate in quite frequently. It occurred to me that though it seems like a simple question with an even simpler answer to those of us who live, breathe and eat this stuff every day – it certainly bears revisiting.

With content management system vendors providing taxonomy functionality, users, unfortunately, have become tempted to consolidate and eliminate a very worthy part of their document management process. There are many reasons why a coordinating taxonomy management tool is not only valuable, but necessary.

When building a taxonomy or ontology, you want that model to be available across the enterprise and not tied to one single program. Because of this, we have open APIs and web services calls so that it can be used with all the software options across an enterprise. All of our software is written in Java and uses native XML, TCP/IP and Unicode. This means it is platform independent and supports all languages.  The software connects to others using APIs, or web services as needed. All of this is done to make it a dynamic and comprehensive system with outstanding search results.


Chaos As Social Order


            Chaos is a new way of understanding social order.  Rather than a perverse paradox, this assertion draws on the diverse developments of chaos theory in the natural and mathematical sciences (Barnsley 1988; Crutchfield et al 1986; Dewdney 1985; Gleick 1987; Mandelbrot 1983; Mullin 1993).  Over the past two decades, chaos theory has been applied in many disciplines of theoretical and applied science (Baier and Klein 1991; Cohen and Stewart 1994; Davies and Gribbin 1992; Gleick 1987; Hao 1990; Holden 1986; Moon 1987; Mullin 1993; Rasband 1990; Ruelle 1989), including some areas of social science (Brown 1994; Chen; Dendrinos and Sonis 1990; Gell-Mann 47-48; Goodwin 1990; Hao 573-632; Holton and May; Kiel and Elliott 1996; Lewin 44-62; Nicolis 1991).  The latter applications, however, have used chaos theory as a mathematical tool incorporated into conventional conceptual frameworks rather than as an alternative conceptual framework which could illuminate the very social order from which chaos theory has arisen.  To serve conceptually chaos theory must be understood conceptually.

            In this article, I do not produce mathematical models or computer simulations nor do I offer copious new data.  I also definitely do not use chaos as a metaphor.  This is not a literary exercise designed to decorate the social sciences with yet another image, such as the machine, the organism, the deductive system, or the adversarial debate (Morgan 1986).