Bulletin 9 Sept, 12 1997
Paradox: To be (known) or not to be (known)
. This is a bull. to the world. The problem is whether the topic is TV sitcom or great drama. Students will have to make their own judgment.
1. Homeokinetic science is important. Not because this 'free university' faculty says it and does it, but because its topics - the physical science of complexity, of nature, life, humankind, mind, and society - are subjects of real importance to people, as individuals, as a collective of people, as a sentient, sapient species.
2. The particular task that this group is trying to solve
now is to develop a quantitative model for running a modern human society,
wherever and whenever that society exists. The prospectus for that task was laid
out in an invited chapter on social mechanics for graduate students in the book
H. Ruel et al (eds.), Perspectives in Biomechanics, vol. I, Part A, "Homeokinetic
Physics of Societies - a New Discipline. Autonomous Groups, Cultures, Polities",
Harwood Academic, NY, 1980.
3. Is that the rub - the support? Yes and no. The real rub is that the work being done has to be known, has to be attended to, has to become part of the current human scene. That task this group does not know how to accomplish, at least at the required public level. So why this bull.?
4. Because at this time, it is possible to show the things and issues that the group has been involved in which are now the subject of daily headlines, to indicate some sort of pertinent track record on knowing, on achieving. If such a demonstration can have no effect, then one might draw the inference that any attention to logical scientific endeavor is a complete waste of time. This group believes that such an issue has to be put to the test. So here goes: via contributions to the current scene.
5. A great deal of public attention is devoted to reporting the successes of the Mars Lander project. Relevant scientific-technical material provided by this group may be found in "Mineral Remains of Early Life on Earth? On Mars?" Geomicrobiology J. vol. 9, pp. 51-66, 1991. A more extensive discussion may be found in a number of chapters in Iberall, Wilkinson, White, Foundations for Social and Biological Evolution, Cri-de-Coeur Press, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653, 1993. These chapters were published in the period, 1984-1992.
6. August and September 1997 has seen quite a bit published on a space suit art, indicating difficulties (in the Mir maintenance), the wizardry of its current manufacturers, the great successes that Naval aviators had in creating the engineering achievements of putting the human into space in the 60s. The origins of the scientific art for the Government services, and introduction of its art and science from what is this year a 50th anniversary (from a 1947 start within a Government agency) may be found in "The Experimental Design of a Mobile Pressure Suit," J. Basic Engineering, Trans. ASME, pp. 251-264, June 1970.
7. Within the past few days, a public outcry has emerged
in the Simi Valley over a UCLA Public Health School epidemiological study,
claiming excessive deaths from cancer to former employees of a secret nuclear
testing Rocketdyne laboratory (formerly Atomics International),.whose workers
were exposed to ionizing radiation during the period of 1950-1984, with
additional cleanup of their site until 1994. The company had run 10 reactors on
contract to the AEC, later DOE, for the generation of steam power. The issue
involves what UCLA claims is excessive mortality in a test population of 4,563
people for which data from photographic monitoring badges are available. The
issue studied was just the number of deaths found in that group from cancers,
and a comparison with expected number of deaths. Experts on both sides are
involved in the arguments, and here now the press pundits are getting into the
act. Having started such studies some time in the past for the U.S. Army,
support was sought at AEC to finish the task, and a study was reported publicly
from a homeokinetic point of view as "Quantitative Modeling of the Physiological
Factors in Radiation Lethality", Ann. NY Acad. Sci., 147, pp. 1-81, 1967.
A number of years later, when a rather definitive experimental study on the
result of cancers at low lavel dosages came out, another overview was prepared
from a UCLA base as "The Problem of Low-dosage Radiation Toxicity," Amer. J.
Physiol., 244, Regulative Integrative Comparative Physiol. vol.13, R7-R13,