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Harder House

1604 Southwest 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)

On the Portland State University campus.

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Past events that happened here

  • Friday
    Dec 1 2017
    CSS Mtg

    Harder House

    Subject: Autopoiesis and Maturana's "What is Sociology?"

    When: Friday, December 1st, 2017

      4:00-4:30  Informal discussion
      4:30-5:00  Intro/presentation and questions
      5:00-5:30  Talking Circle
      5:30-6:00  Diverse & Energetic discussion

    Where: Harder House (S.W. 10th & Market, Portland), Room 104

    CSS Colleagues,

    Last month's discussion of entropy dissipation as a possible discriminant between living and non-living systems meandered back to self-referential systems and lead Milt to forcibly assert that we should (finally) address autopoiesis head on. We are lucky to have a local, Dennis Sandow of https://reflexus.org/, give us a short introduction primed by Maturana's article "What is Sociology?" , after which we'll digest it with a talking circle.

  • Friday
    May 5 2017
    CSS: Fish Schooling

    Harder House

    When: Friday, May 5th, 2017

      4-4:30 informal discussion
      4:30-5:30 main discussion
      5:30-6 informal discussion

    This month, we'll be discussing fish schools and, in particular, the relationship between individual behaviors and the resulting attributes of the collecive. Here's the primary paper we'll be discussing:

    From behavioural analyses to models of collective motion in fish schools

    Ugo Lopez, Jacques Gautrais, Iain D. Couzin and Guy Theraulaz


    Here is a couple of (inadequate) videos.

    Without "emergence": Fish Schools | BLUE WORLD ACADEMY https://youtu.be/KkkgZWlBcSE

    With "emergence": How do schools of fish swim in harmony? - Nathan S. Jacobs https://youtu.be/dkP8NUwB2io

  • Friday
    Oct 7 2016
    CSS: Deep and Cheap Learning

    Harder House

    The CSS group will meet informally at Harder House 104 at 4pm on 10/7/16, and begin discussion of this month's article at 4:30. We start wrapping up the discussion at 5:30 and continue more informally until 6pm.

    The reading for the October discussion is here: https://arxiv.org/abs/1608.08225 . We recommend reading (or at least trying to read) the article beforehand so that you'll be prepared to participate meaningfully in the discussion. This is true even if the article seems to be "over your head." Trying to understand a challenging topic can be very worthwhile.

    But even if you are not able to do the reading, you are still welcome to come to the discussion, meet new friends, and just listen if that's your preference.