[Humanist] 22.585 personal introduction & some questions

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Mar 3 07:21:29 CET 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 585.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2009 06:43:31 -0500
        From: Luis Gutierrez <luisgutierrez at peoplepc.com>
        Subject: Personal Intro & Some Questions
        In-Reply-To: <20090302064721.483652EE60 at woodward.joyent.us>


I subscribed recently, thinking that this was a listserv on the human 
sciences, but the moderator has advised that the focus of the listserv 
is on how to use digital technologies for research in the humanities.

After a PhD in systems engineering (Georgia Tech, 1974) and 30 years 
with IBM + 10 years as a consultant in computer modeling/simulation of 
social systems, I should fit right in. But I have been so close to ICT 
for so many years that sometimes I take it for granted.

My retirement project is to edit a web site and e-journal (links under 
my signature below).  The "mission" is to collect and analyze knowledge 
on patriarchal obstacles and non-patriarchal incentives to sustainable 
development, and to publish the monthly, free subscription, open access 
"E-Journal of Solidarity, Sustainability, and Nonviolence" (JSSNV).

The JSSNV provides a digest and commentary on current research pursuant 
to human solidarity, ecological sustainability, and both secular and 
religious non-violence.  The U.N. "Millennium Development Goals" (MDGs) 
are used as a point of reference.  I use a wide range of computer-based 
methods to do the analysis and commentary on the issues.

For instance, I use matrix methods for analysis of interdependencies 
(the supporting software is PSM 32, problematics.com), simulation 
methods for analysis of dynamic behavior (the supporting software is 
POWERSIM, powersim.com), and relational knowledge maps based on the work 
of Chaim Zins (success.co.il).

Is anyone here interested in this kind of computer data/information 
analysis and simulation methods? In particular, is anyone using "system 
dynamics" models (based on Jay Forrester's simulation method) for 
researching global issues?  What about web-based simulations/games for 
analysis of sustainable development scenarios and the current economic 

Luis T. Gutierrez, Ph.D.
The Pelican Web
Editor, "Solidarity, Sustainability, and Nonviolence"
A monthly, free subscription, open access e-journal
solidarity-sustainability-subscribe at googlegroups.com

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