Thursday, September 16, 2004


Open Letter


Why we are calling for a National Project


Summary: The Problem to be solved

Summary: Our Proposal





Summary: The Problem to be solved


A National Project empowered by the President of the United States is required to “balance the equation”, unbalanced by decades of government funding decisions.


Hard science is a paradigm that does not do well in answering fundamental questions about the nature of life, the origin of social conflict, or the degradation of environments by the use of blind hard power.  There is, however, a deep and well principled literature on what can emerge as a unified “soft science” paradigm.  Soft science does validate many aspects of the hard science paradigm.  Soft science has objective truths that cannot be framed in the classical paradigm, now characterized by engineering and computer science.  


Hard science is reinforced by the formalism of mathematics, the illusions of computer science and the utility of engineering.  Adequate scholarship exposes the limitations of Hilbert mathematics and the paradigms of computer science and engineering.  But this exposure is marginalized by-reinforced intellectual and economic monopoly.


Background to the problem:  Our view of history is that an intellectual and economic monopoly is provided to the hard science paradigm, while objective and vitally needed soft science is inhibited.  We claim that one can make objective the observation that the “soft” science that is funded is forced into an alignment with hard science.  Control over soft science comes through re-enforcement mechanisms that are tired to monopoly power.  We, respectfully, believe that unless this monopoly is explicitly recognized, the imbalance between engineering disciplines and natural science cannot be adjusted. 





Summary: Our Proposal


A new type of anticipatory Human-centric Information Production (HIP) software is ready to be deployed.  The software provides a distributed development environment for educators and scientists working on issues related to human experience of knowledge and the sharing of knowledge within communities. [*]  The development environment itself is an open source system and has no proprietary software.  Applications developed in the environment can be equipped with micro-transaction accounting software that meters the use of the application, and provides a reasonable compensation model for primary innovators. 


The concept is that of a federally funded Knowledge Sharing Foundation.  A National Project to establish the knowledge sciences as an academic discipline will be supported using the Knowledge Sharing Foundation.  Sustainability of the Foundation will develop based on market forces.  Consistent with positive capitalism, revenues will be generated through services rendered to business, government and individuals.  A portion of these revenues will be set aside to support the long-term viability of the Foundation.   The Foundation’s model is a toll road that is designed and built using government resources and then maintained using a non-encumbering usage toll.  This model should be compared with the commercial software model where constant turmoil and confusion is required to sustain monopoly control over information science.


As part of the planning process we have prioritized two things:


1)        the development of a K-12 curriculum and

2)        open access to Human-centric Information Production (HIP) technology and methods


Both of these prioritized items require outside economic support.  This support is needed to counteract an intellectual and economic monopoly.  We characterize this monopoly in various ways as scientific reductionism, hard power, hard science or even a type of philosophical fundamentalism.  Our new science is a soft science, and depends on a mature justification that identifies a stratification of causation into (a) global or field dynamics where cause and effects are not “Newtonian”, (b) Newtonian type conservation of cause and effect equations, and (c) substructural kinematics that depends on potentials established by localized history and ecological affordances.


In the medium term, the prioritized items lead to economic and intellectual sustainability for the Foundation.  Our present work includes a project to map memetic expression, and to detect natural language usage that may be correlated with asymmetric threats.  The same project is being applied in a systemic process mapping the patent and patent application environments. 


Our planning suggests that three stages are still in the future.


1)          Proof in the Marketplace: Obtaining venture capital for several corporations so that market success can be measured by public acceptance of the stock of these corporations.

2)          Proof in the deployment of government intelligence technology: We continue to seek contracts with US government agencies in support of a new intelligence technology deployment.

3)          Establishment of academic departments:  Our effort to establish academic department in all universities and college requires a re-programming of 1/6 of all federal support for academic computer science over a period of 5 years.  This would amount to 1.5 billion in federal investment.


Details related to these three stages are still being developed.  We ask that you support the planning process.