Volatility Symposium: Signal & Noise, 11.10.11 (Brett & Tyler)

Please post your two questions on Philip Ball’s The March of Reason (link available on the Bibliography page) as comments below.


7 thoughts on “Volatility Symposium: Signal & Noise, 11.10.11 (Brett & Tyler)

  1. (1) Does the organization in a swarm (of people) depend on the thought capabilities in the individual? I question that reason and logic distinguish masses of humans from masses of fish. Does a sense of panic trump any reasoning?

    (2) Is the comparison of swarms relevant without constraints?

  2. In seeking a “biological” explanation for all patterning and collectively in animal populations runs the risk of invoking a contingent explanation for something that is in fact an immediate consequence of the “physics” of the situation. My hypothesis is that everything living in the physical world is designed or made by flows of movement whether it is by liquid or gas. Can flows be the reason for the pattern and structure of everything?

    In Helsbergs trail developing model is the reason that nobody passes through the center due to making less of an intersection?

  3. 1) As difficult as it may seem, is there a feasible method of controlling a crowd’s behavior during a state of panic? A method of intervening?

    2) To what extent does culture play a role in crowd behavior? To what extent is crowd behavior universal?

  4. 1. Is our goal to exploit/utilize the trends and averages of how humans move?

    2. “… just because you get what looks like the right kind of collective motion, that does’t mean you have the right rules, which in turn means that you won’t necessarily make the right prediction under different circumstances. The social force model of pedestrian dynamics does seem versatile enough to cope with situations others than those for which it was originally designed; it pays to remember, however, that such models of collective motion may not furnish unique explanations for a give phenomenon, nor are they necessarily suited to every situation. They are just a beginning.” … So, what is next? Is it even possible for us (as designers) to implement an intervention?

  5. 1) What are other reactive systems which, like Reynold’s “boids” lack, foresight and facility? What structures of power and utility do these reactive systems control? Can you imagine a methodology for asserting proactivity in such a system?

    2) Ball presents “individualistic (random) and herding (collective) behavior” as two states in binary opposition. What happens to a dynamic system when informatics allows individual behavior to become collectivized?

  6. 1. Is the organization of the city akin to a pattern that connects(a magnetic field) or an entropic noise? or both?
    2. As we aggregate the city, do we strive to organize the formless or form the organized?

  7. 1. Using Karen Horney stated examples of interaction, what are some example both metapohorically and literally of how we interact with architecture – at a detailled scale, formally at a spacial or building scale, and at a city scale?

    2. In regards to the question ” Can urban and architectural spaces also be planned to conform with human needs an impulses?” How would this be implemented if humans impulse is to respond to form and urban spaces and destination (architecture) is a need?

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