440 Davis Court #1602
San Francisco, CA 94111-2496
415 781 5700

Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 17:26:46 -0700

03 00050 61 06042501

Mr. Russell E. Rierson
Contributors Department
International Society for
Complexity Information and Design
66 Witherspoon Street, Suite 1800
Princeton, NJ 08542
Subject:   Locality Principle on Information and Knowledge

Dear Russell,

I found your discussion in July 2003 on the Internet...
Universal Memory and Quantum Gravity
...searching for analysis of the locality principle and thermodynamics, both of which are outside my field of management tools and practices.
None-the-less, consultants and "experts" propose that management practices of timely, accurate records, traceability to original sources, analysis of details to understand causation are now passť. There seem to be no requirements for good management because "Newtonian, linear, reductionist thinking" is now out of fashion in the executive suit, as seen at Enron, reported on 020204.
This all came up in June 2004. At the time I was working with a cancer situation, and so could not look into it. More recently, things have improved, so there is time for review.
Investigation on March 12, 2004 yielded a series of lectures by Professor James Schombert at the University of Oregon. He presents the locality principle in a general review of classical Newtonian physics, and as background for introducing 21st-century science, e.g., quantum mechanics, complexity, and chaos theory.
Schombert further notes that quantum mechanical principles reduce to Newtonian principles at the macro level of daily life. However, terminology from sub-atomic physics, e.g., holism, seems to be misapplied in the management arena urging folks not to bother with diligence and accuracy, since everything is random and relative; and, be creative by embracing chaos, etc., rather than organize the work and follow up with feedback.
If you have time to glance through comment on Schombert's lecture on the locality principle, you'll notice at line 680416 that he shows a correlation between energy information knowledge, causality, and entropy. This is useful for explaining added value of technology that integrates personal and organizational memory in that it seems to support a theory of knowledge that can be implemented by tools.
My impression is that the locality principle is related to the 2nd law of thermodynamics on the conservation of energy. Looking for research on this led to your work, per above. Again if you have time, guidance would be appreciated, including reference to sources and other contacts.
I'm satisfied that adding "intelligence" to information produces "knowledge" regardless of applying the "locality principle," per se, but this kind of referent helps people grasp import more readily than mere pondering of explanation and citation of examples.
Thus, your comments are greatly appreciated.


Rod Welch
Post Script

By copy I am sending a copy to Professor Schombert, so he can comment as well, if time permits; and, to a few others who have been interested in this issue from time to time. ..
Copy to:
  1. Johnson, Garold L.
  2. Jones, Morris E.
  3. Park, SRI, Jack
  4. Conklin, Jeff
  5. Fernhout, Paul
  6. Joslyn, Cliff
  7. Laundauer, Ph.D., Tom
  8. Lincoln, Patrick
  9. Armstrong, Eric
  10. Armstrong-IBM, Ross