Archive for November, 2000


November 29, 2000

Reciprocality 0: The Programmers’ Stone



November 28, 2000


Look at this lot, a years worth of full time reading.


November 27, 2000

Walter Logeman -  ASD Dream Time – Dreaming in Cyberspace

A description of an online group approach to dream work that can give deep insight into the unconscious. Use of the Internet can add a dimension to dream work that was not possible without it. The Internet presents us with features that enhance and reveal the psychological depth of the work. The DreamEvents are private and confidential so publicly available and generalised material are used in this article.

This is a reference to an article I wrote earlier this year. I needed ready access to the link!


November 26, 2000

Medieval Theories of Analogy

Medieval theories of analogy were a response to problems in three areas: logic, theology, and metaphysics. Logicians were concerned with the use of words having more than one sense, whether completely different, or related in some way. Theologians were concerned with language about God.

An amazing entry in an amazing encyclopedia.


November 24, 2000

Organik home

Welcome to Organik – your e-community system for questions and answers !
Ask a question now !
Enter any question you like and get real answers !

It did not do a great job on my question, but it could do as this grows!


November 21, 2000

DiscusWare, LLC — Specializing in WWW discussion board software

DiscusWare, LLC specializes in the development and implementation of WWW discussion board software. A discussion forum adds interactivity to your site, whether you use it to support your products, build on-line communities, teach classes, or give your visitors a place to express their opinions

With all my rummaging around I had not come across this software! Looks OK.


November 21, 2000

The Contemporary Theory of Metaphor George Lakoff (c) Copyright George Lakoff, 1992

To Appear in Ortony, Andrew (ed.) Metaphor and Thought (2nd edition), Cambridge University Press.

Do not go gentle into that good night. -Dylan Thomas

Death is the mother of beauty . . . -Wallace Stevens, Sunday Morning

These famous lines by Thomas and Stevens are examples of what classical theorists, at least since Aristotle, have referred to as metaphor: instances of novel poetic language in which words like mother, go, and night are not used in their normal everyday senses. In classical theories of language, metaphor was seen as a matter of language not thought. Metaphorical expressions were assumed to be mutually exclusive with the realm of ordinary everyday language: everyday language had no metaphor, and metaphor used mechanisms outside the realm of everyday conventional language. The classical theory was taken so much for granted over the centuries that many people didn’t realize that it was just a theory. The theory was not merely taken to be true, but came to be taken as definitional. The word metaphor was defined as a novel or poetic linguistic expression where one or more words for a concept are used outside of its normal conventional meaning to express a similar concept. But such issues are not matters for definitions; they are empirical questions. As a cognitive scientist and a linguist,


November 21, 2000

XML Tutorial: List of Lessons


November 20, 2000

Information on DreamGate Online Classes


November 20, 2000

International Society for Mental Health Online

The International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO) was formed in 1997 to promote the understanding, use and development of online communication, information and technology for the international mental health community. ISMHO is a nonprofit corporation.


November 20, 2000

eGroups : ismho-general

The International Society of Mental Health Online general, nonmember mailing list is for the general discussion of issues relating to the Society. Please see our Website for more information about the Society: This is list is open to all interested individuals who want to learn more or participate in advocating how the online world can help promote mental health issues and services.


November 18, 2000

New Scientist: The end of history


Chaos and disaster seem unpredictable. Not for much longer, says Per Bak, a revolution is under way


by Mark Buchanan, Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Intriguing review, with something of a scientific slant on patterns we might see as psychological or synchronistic. Here are a couple o paragraphs:
The concept of “ubiquity” expresses the view that details are not important in deciding the outcome. In 1998, Don Turcotte and Bruce Malamud from Cornell University studied the distribution of forest fires in Australia and the US. They found that the distribution could be understood from a simple “toy model” developed in 1992 by Barbara Drossel and Franz Schwabl. This implies that the forests are in the self-organised critical state.

In 1996, Roy Anderson and Chris Rhodes of the University of Oxford took the same model and plugged in people in place of trees and measles in place of fires. The result explained the distribution of measles epidemics on the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic. “If this does not bring home the point [of ubiquity], perhaps nothing will,” Buchanan concludes: “The ubiquity of the critical state may well be considered the first really solid discovery of complexity theory.”

I must admit now that I am not your usual unbiased, emotionally detached book reviewer. I was heavily involved with the discovery in 1987.


November 16, 2000

Dream Appreciation

Dream Appreciation Newsletter is published quarterly for people interested in working with dreams and the group process developed by Dr. Montague Ullman.


November 16, 2000

Montague Ullman on Dream Appreciation, Experiential Dream Groups and Parapsychology


November 13, 2000

An Overview of Online Learning: Preface
About this Overview

This Overview introduces you to online learning, and provides you with an overview of the key issues you need to consider when working with online learning. Specifically, this Overview:
Describes what online learning is and identifies its major uses
Identifies the four major types of online learning
Provides an overview of the technology needed to make online learning happen.

Lists the project issues–that is, management and learning issues–that need to be addressed when developing materials for online learning


November 12, 2000

Preview of an e-learning book

Beware of too much technology

Everything in moderation, nothing in excess—the ancient Greeks taught us. E-learning is one of those areas where we might get excessive. An example of excessive use of the technology is seen in some courses where participants need to spend hours downloading files or reading documents online. In some courses students waste time working in groups. In other courses students are expected to read long documents on a computer monitor. It would be better to send them paper versions of the documents. Placing huge documents on CD-ROM, or DVD sounds like a great idea, but who reads them? Video conferencing appeals to the techie in us, but is it more effective than video tapes or even audio tapes? Is video conferencing worth the additional cost and the effort? You can get too much of a good thing. E-learning does not need to be 100% pure. It may be appropriate to combine leader-led courses, paper-based documents, video tapes and audio tapes with e-learning instructional materials.

One of the dangers of online learning is that we will try to do too much with new technology. We need to guard against replacing existing, valid approaches with new, less-effective ones.


November 12, 2000

E-Business Network – E-Learning Report

“E-Learning Report is a monthly series examining the internet’s influence on learning and education. We meet with leaders and analysts to get the inside scoop on innovative e-learning strategies, the future of this emerging medium., and how the web is changing the way businesses approach instruction.”


November 12, 2000


“Daily Links to Corporate Learning, Community Building, Instructional Design, Knowledge Management, Personalization and more”
This is a great blog – have added permanent link on the left.


November 12, 2000


Two recent developments are of special interest. Blogger (, perhaps the premiere weblog developer, has teamed up with to facilitate the linking and annotation of mainstream news articles. Called NewsBlogger (, it’s a potent form of online journalism that will serve to define and delimit new market segments. Also, Cisco just implemented Blogger enterprise-wide. Imagine the avalanche of intellectual capital such a move could precipitate. The Internet has always demanded that business read between the lines. Weblogs raise the bar. Now the challenge is to read between the sites.

Christopher Locke is the co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, a New York Times bestseller. Check out the weblogs of his creation at ( and The EGR weblog (rated R at best) (


November 12, 2000

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