In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action
Cobden Press (2013)
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (8/13)
Synopsis: Chaos gets a bad rap. Few people realize that without the dynamics of chaos, order would not exist. In fact, nothing would exist. Without chaos there would be no creation, no structure and no existence. After all, order is merely the repetition of patterns; chaos is the process that establishes those patterns. LK Samuels, goes beyond the normal boundaries studied by chaologists. It views science through a political and socioeconomic looking glass, exposing paradoxes and contrarian insights found in swarm intelligence, genetic algorithms, the licensing effect, self-organizing systems, strange attractors, edge-of-chaos disequilibrium, geometrical fractals, cellular automata, and autocatalytic sets, to name a few. In Defense of Chaos examines why chaology provides ample scientific evidence that open-ended, adaptable and evolving systems work far better than closed-ended, rigid and deterministic ones. Not only do dynamic systems work better, but they foster self-determination. The nature of the physical world favors the freedom for people to self-organize and self-govern without the interference of external command and control structures. “In Defense of Chaos is a passionate book by a passionate man. The chapter on swarm intelligence is alone worth the price of the book. L. K. Samuels shows how we can learn from ants and birds about how-or whether-to plan societies. Samuels’ well-told story of how the federal government killed people in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is haunting. ” Prof. David R. Henderson, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University Editor, The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics.
L.K. Samuels: Editor and contributing author of Facets of Liberty, an anthology of political, economic and sociological essays (224 pages, paperback, Freeland Press, 2009, 2nd edit.), L.K. Samuels won honorable mention at the “East of Eden Writers Conference” in 2002 for his historical novel Ferret: The Reluctant King. He is a member of the California Writers Club and was the editor of Rampart Institute’s quarterly magazine in the early 1980s. He was the editor-in-chief and a columnist for the campus newspaper at Fullerton College. Graduating from California State University at Fullerton (1976), he minored in journalism and later wrote guest columns for the Orange County Register, the third largest newspaper in California. He managed the Future of Freedom Conference series for five years in Southern California – arranging speaking engagements for Timothy Leary, Ray Bradbury, Dr. Arthur Laffer, Karl Hess, Dr. Nathaniel Brandon and dozens of other scholars and writers. His In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action book was released in April of 2013 by Cobden Press.
Rain Fund: A Thriller
Fons Sapientiae $2012)
Reviewed by William Hartgrove for Reader Views (8/13)
Synopsis: Olivier Van Dijk, playboy dilettante, is on top of the world: the Rain Fund he founded, basing trading decisions on trained autistic savants, is the world’s leading hedge fund. But when his best friend dies under suspicious circumstances, his world starts crumbling down, and he discovers the web of lies and crimes that lurk behind his fortune.
Wong Zhuang Wei, Chinese Master-Spy, heads the unofficially-sanctioned project introducing, through ubiquitous components manufactured in China, undetectable hardware viruses into the world’s computers. Just as his plan nears fruition, his cyber-conspiracy is unexpectedly discovered by an autistic mathematical genius—with his honor and legacy at stake, he goes on the hunt.
Marc Brem writes sport technical books under a pseudonym. “Rain Fund” is his first work of fiction and the reviews speak for themselves.
Inside Scoop Live Featured Author
Following in his father‘s footsteps, Rick D. Niece, Ph.D., is a lifelong educator who has served as a classroom teacher, a public school administrator and a university professor, provost and president. In 1997, he was named President of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, and remains steadfast in his devotion to the University’s success. After his retirement on July 1, 2013, he was named President Emeritus of the University of the Ozarks.
A small-town boy who has maintained his small-town values, Dr. Niece remembers his childhood with fond nostalgia. Growing up in picturesque DeGraff, Ohio, young Rickie was influenced by many endearing friends and neighbors who taught him the important life lessons that shaped his future-especially Bernie Jones. Confined to a wheelchair with severe cerebral palsy, Bernie became Rickie‘s friend, inspiration and superhero, opening a world of compassion, trust and adventure that benefitted them both. From Bernie, Rickie learned the value of unconditional acceptance, kindness and the triumph of the human spirit-lessons he took with him from his years as a newspaper boy to a career in academia.
Synopsis: Celebrating the soul of America’s heartland, The Band Plays On is Rick Niece’s heartfelt tribute to friendship, community, and, most importantly, his father, Lewis Niece. When DeGraff, Ohio’s beloved band teacher is invited to direct an encore performance, “Lewie’s Alumni Band” gathers to celebrate with gusto. As the band practices for its final parade, Rick, his baritone in tow, reflects on treasured memories, relationships, and the legacy of a small town with indomitable spirit. The second volume in the delightful Fanfare for a Hometown series, The Band Plays On provides an entertaining, inspirational glimpse into lives richly lived-and shared.
Topics of conversation:
- Small town America’s legacy
- Importance of memories
- Importance of music as a school program
- Influencing factors of today’s generation vs. past generations
- Sense of community meaning to Niece