Salim Ismail Metaphysics Of GrowthPresentation Transcript
The Metaphysics of Growth How does growth happen? Salim Ismail Ignite SF 2008
1. The process of growing.
2. Development from a lower or simpler to a higher or more complex form; evolution.
3. An increase, as in size, number, value, or strength; extension or expansion: population growth.
4. Something that grows or has grown: a new growth of grass
Evolution, improvement, expansion…
‘ more’… ‘better’
Growth is Pervasive
Your code base
Is there any aspect of your life that doesn’t try to grow, improve or evolve?
Physics: Studies reality
Science: The investigation of natural phenomena through observation, theoretical explanation, and experimentation, or the knowledge produced by such investigation.
Metaphysics: Examines the nature and structure of reality
What is the nature and structure of growth?
We don’t think enough about this….
Where does this come from?
Degree in theoretical physics
Comes from a lot of reading/writing I’ve done on philosophy/metaphysics for a few years
“ Zen & the art of Motorcycle Maintenance”
“ Lila” – The metaphysics of Quality
Our philosophies today are based on a subject/object metaphysics
Western philosphy stresses objective thinking
tries to represent reality
Eastern philosophy thinks everything is subjective
Tries to integrate with reality by going inwards
Structural problem in Philosophy
Large areas of life don’t fall into the subject/object buckets
E.g. Moral Values, or Love/Emotions
Causes a mess for philosophers… they’re having to cope with a major flaw in the underlying framework
Need a new metaphysics
Re-engineer from the bottom up and chuck the subject/object metaphysics
It’s the wrong split in reality
Need a new one that better covers life experiences
Based it on Quality (= goodness)
Take a phased approach
Predictable Unpredictable Stable Unstable Definable/Divisible Undefinable Kinetic or Stored Potential Routine Exciting Safe Dangerous Limiting Limitless Easily measured Not quantifiable Old New
Two Processes in Growth
Break free from old pattern
Take on uncertainty/risk
Leap for a new level
Take a breath, establish some solidity
Get ready for next leap
These are archetypal
More on Growth… Grow Consolidate Unknown Known Yin Yang
Examples Growth can be negative!! Feedback & full rollout Feature releases via betas Product Mgmt Term sheet and finally $$$ Talk to hundreds of VCs Get funding Testing / Implementation Implement a new design Software Exam Learn all semester Student Consolidation Growth