Fall, 1998

John N. Warfield, University Professor
George Mason University

Johnson Center Program

All Lectures are offered in the
on Monday at 8 AM

The period from 9 to 9:30 AM is reserved for discussion

While complexity will be the universal theme, the lectures will be divided among four categories:

  • Philosophy of Complexity
  • Science of Complexity
  • Applications in Industry and Government, and
  • Implications for Higher Education.
An integrated presentation will be offered, in which the philosophy is related to the science, and the science is related to applications in industry and government. The virtual absence of applications in higher education suggests that there is a void waiting to be filled.

Refreshments will be available.

The lectures will be offered in three groups, with three lectures presented in each of the four categories as follows.

GROUP 1 (Weeks 1-4)
  • September 14. Philosophy 1. Thought Leaders and Their Contributions to Understanding Complexity.
  • September 28. Science 1. Twenty Laws of Complexity, Three Categories of the Laws, and Five Indexes of Complexity, with values determined from applications.
  • October 5. Applications in Industry and Government 1. Applications in the U. S. Food and Drug Administration and in state and local government in Mexico.
  • October 12. Implications for Higher Education 1.
GROUP 2 (Weeks 5-8)
  • October 26. Philosophy 2. Seven Milestones in the History of Thought.
  • November 2. Science 2. The Mathematics of Structure: its relevance to knowledge reconstruction in all fields of study
  • November 9. Applications in Industry and Government 2. Applications in Ghana, Liberia, and Cyprus.
  • November 16. Implications for Higher Education 2.
GROUP 3 (Weeks 9-12)
  • November 23. Philosophy 3. The Legacy of Charles Sanders Peirce and the Experience of the Peirce Biographer.
  • November 30. Science 3. The Role of the Normative Sciences in Strategic Planning
  • December 7. Applications in Industry and Government 3. Applications in Ford Motor Company, U. S. Department of Energy, and U. S. Department of Defense.
  • December 14. Implications for Higher Education 3
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