And Now a Word from the Oracle of Delphi

Temple at DelphiThanks to the Co-Op crew for inviting me here to guest-blog — I’ve really enjoyed it. I figured I would, but I did discover one thing I was not expecting: my blog posts are loooong. Longer than I would read if I wasn’t writing them myself (which is similar to what I used to tell the students in my Saturday morning Internet Law class back when I was an adjunct: I wouldn’t have signed up for this class when I was in law school!). So thanks to those who read and commented as well.

Having just put up a long post, I don’t want to do another, but I did have one more in me. So instead of writing it out, I’m just going to summarize cryptically: Read the excellent discussion of complexity and the law at Jurisdynamics. Read the fascinating article at Vanity Fair on the confusion at NORAD’s northeast regional headquarters on September 11. Contemplate Roberta Wohlstetter’s classic, Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision, and Bob Ellickson’s Order Without Law. Think about whether the formation and enforcement of informal norms in a community displays similar properties and behaviors as complex systems, and how the salience of certain events in that community depends more on the conceptual framework the members operate under, than on the content of the formal law. Know thyself. Goo goo g’joob.

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3 Responses

  1. Thanks, Bruce, for a great visit. I guess it really isn’t goodbye, since you’ll just migrate back to below the comment line. Above and below the line, you’ve made some terrific contributions to the blog. Thanks!

  2. Interesting post Bruce! Are you familiar with Boyd’s work on implicit command delegation? (The Mind of War, by Coram is a good place to start.)

  3. Bruce Boyden says:

    Thanks Adam — actually, I’m *not* familiar with John Boyd, so I’ll have to check that out. Thanks for the tip!

    And Dan, thanks for having me! This is a great blog, and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to post here, however briefly.