You must be kidding Mr Feynman! “ It is because somebody knows something knows something about it that you can't talk about physics” Context – Nobel Prize – personal experience There is a story behind the title. I tried explaining the evolution of theories (to a lawyer) in natural science and the iterations that one goes through to keep on exploring the laws of nature. In a moment of desperation I compared different theories to fruits. The lawyer understood. Why does it have to do with anything to do with space? MORE PEOPLE – MORE COMPLEXITY - EMERGENCE
Globalization WTI – WTO - we study the impact of trade liberalization and how to organize that impact in accord to what our societies's values are – there is much to debate as to what this means - what has trade liberalization done for you? - what will trade liberalization do for you and the city?
The percentage of China's population living in cities rose from 13% to 40.4% between 1950 and 2005. It is predicted to rise to 60.3% by 2030. http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2009/aug/18/percentage-population-living-cities In 1950, the population living in UK cities was 79% - already a large figure - but one which is set to rise to 92.2% by 2030.
Mega Cities – Tokyo 1 Tokyo Japan Asia 34,200,000 0.60% 2 Guangzhou China Asia 24,900,000 4.00% 3 Seoul South Korea Asia 24,500,000 1.40% 4 Delhi India Asia 23,900,000 4.60% 5 Mumbai India Asia 23,300,000 2.90% 6 Mexico City Mexico North America 22,800,000 2.00% 7 New York City USA North America 22,200,000 0.30% 8 São Paulo Brazil South America 20,800,000 1.40% 9 Manila  Philippines Asia 20,100,000 2.50% 10 Shanghai China Asia 18,800,000 2.20%
The trouble with representations – not representative Representation of what? Graphic, visual But what is it really? Pixels? Coloured Pixels? (Media, Kuhn, Fleck)
The Quantum World Atoms – Molecules – what makes it stick Chemical Bonding – Superposition of States (qm/not national states as in countries and territory, virutal states, energy states) – representations – geometry - topology
the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.
conversions are possible partly because they fulfil some cognitive functions that had evolved for other purposes. (Fabrice Clément) hypothesis developed, in a different context, by the psychologist Alison Gopnik (Gopnik 1998). Impressed by the explanation’s thirst that seems to underlie numerous behaviors of very young children, she postulates the existence of an emotional phenomenon to explain this cognitive drive: the “explanation orgasm.”
The process of cognition is egocentric rather than geocentric Julie Cohen citing WANG & SPELKE fn 54
the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex : flint is extremely hard, like diamond, which has a similar structure. • the organization of a society or other group and the relations between its members, determining its working. • a building or other object constructed from several parts. • the quality of being organized : we shall use three headings to give some structure to the discussion.
The Universe can be though as being made of information. Seth Lloyds puts it this way: we are drowning in information and famished for knowledge.
Metaphor – figure of speech Speech Representation The only social contract that exists is speech --- we have agreed, but not always, on what the words mean. (trial statement)
Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice (Yale University Press, forthcoming 2011). The main message: Networked space (cyberspace, but not only) and embodied space (buildings, humans)
folk theory <ul>Folk theories can be more or less explicit; this also depends on whether or not they are challenged. They are a form of expectations , based in some experience, but not necessarily systematically checked. Their robustness derives from their being generally accepted, and thus part of a repertoire current in a group or in our culture more generally (Swidler, 1986; Rip and Talma, 1998). Arie Rip. Folk theories of nanotechnologists. Science as Culture (2006) vol. 15 (4) pp. 349-365 </ul>
after billions of years of sex, living creatures had evolved all sorts of methods for getting and processing information - eyes, ears, and brains, to name a few. Seth Lloyd, Programming the Universe - A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos (2006)
Writing in The Times in 1894, one columnist estimated that such was the growth in horse-drawn carriages that in 50 years every street in London would be buried under nine feet of manure. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/jeremy-warner/8270077/Myth-and-reality-in-world-energy-famine.html
Attention to boundaries and permissions at the intersection between networked space and embodied space invites attention to a third distinctive aspect of the layering of cyberspace over existing space, which concerns changes in the spatial production of power. Julie E Cohen. Cyberspace as/and Space. Columbia Law Review (2007) vol. 107 (1) pp. 210-256