Mihai Nadin has a broad background that integrates science and the humanities. He studied electronics, computer science, mathematics, and philosophy [especially logic and aesthetics]. He is currently engaged in pioneering work in the project SOPHIA-Digital Dissemination of Knowledge that unites various universities from all over the world.
Here's what one reviewer said about The Civilization of Illiteracy:
Dr. Nadin's cultural critique is a remarkably erudite and incisive tour-de-force. The author is at his best when examining contemporary culture through the lens of semiotics; his comments on Peirce are particularly insightful.
It's difficult to critique a book that is obviously the product of decades of intense study. While the terms 'masterpiece' and 'genius' are tossed around all too frequently nowadays, this is one instance where their use might well be justified. An extraordinary work from a unique mind. Bravo, Nadin!
List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
Nadins professional development integrates science, technology, and humanities. His post-doctoral dissertation, Sign and Value (Munich, 1980), is a semiotically based investigation of the cognitive and sign (semiotic) processes that facilitate human interaction. In MIND--Anticipation and Chaos (1991), Nadin ascertains that the mind exist only in relation to other minds, and that mind activity is anticipatory in nature. The Civilization of Illiteracy, Nadins most recent book, addresses the causes making the digital revolution possible and necessary. It also suggests means and methods for a new type of education and for a new economic and political focus corresponding to multimedia interaction in a global, networked society.
AnticipationA Spooky Computation and other etexts from Nadin
The page contains links to:
classes and publications (lecture at the University in Bremen, the anticipation book, etc.)
An interview for WDR on the subject of anticipation
How expectations, predictions and forecasts affect our lives. Pro-Action vs. Re-Action
meconium (me*co"ni*um), n.
- a literary or scientific association for the promotion of learning
- a place where encyclopedic materials are available
REVISTA ANTHROPOS, Huellas del Conocimiento, Nº 197, Mihai Nadin
Hacia una nueva cultura de múltiples expresiones y lenguajes
2002, 224 pp., ISSN: 1137-3636, PVP 12,70 ¤ PVP+IVA 13,20¤, SUMARIO
Mihai Nadin. Por una nueva pragmática de la autoconstitución humana, presente siempre en la pluralidad de relatos, expresión estos del hondo sentido de sus culturas. El fin de la exclusividad de los sistemas ideológicos fundamentados en un texto, en la escritura como única forma de lenguaje y autoridad.
La heurística, una dimensión diferente del concepto y significación operativa del ser humano.
Über mehrere Jahre hat sich Mihai Nadin mit den Problemfeldern im alltäglichen Designalltag beschäftigt. All diese Gedanken und Erkenntnisse wurden in seinem Werk Anticipation zusammengetragen. Das kürzlich erschienen und hier rezensierte Werk Es könnte so sein oder auch anders verfolgte einen ähnlichen Ansatz. Bei diesem Werk liegt aber obendrein noch eine DVD bei und sogar ein Webseiten-Projekt wurde ins Leben gerufen um durch interdisziplinäre Verknüpfungen mehrere Lösungsansätze aufzuzeigen.
Today's Honorary Subscriber is Mihai Nadin, who is chair of the program in Computational Design at the University of Wuppertal, and the author of the provocative new book, "The Civilization Of Illiteracy," in which he says: "The overall development toward the civilization of illiteracy suggests that the age of the book is being followed by an age of alternative media. The promoters of literacy are doing their best to resist this change. Their motto is 'Read anything, as long as you read.' They effectively discount any and all other means of acquiring knowledge, and totally disenfranchise individuals who cannot read. There are many avenues to self-constitution: all our senses -- including common sense -- repetition and memory. Some of these avenues are more efficient than the medium of the book. If they were not, they would not be succeeding as they do. The champions of literacy also imply that anything acquired through reading is good. The harm that can be transmitted through the book medium can be recorded in volumes. On the collective level, it has led to persecution and violence, even mass destruction. On the individual level, it can lead to imbalance. The child who is forced to read at age three is being deprived of time for developing other skills essential to his or her physical and mental well-being. The cognitive repertory of these children is being stunted by well-meaning but misguided parents. It is being stunted, too, by the market that sells literacy as though there were no tomorrow despite the fact that literacy has lost its dominant position in our lives." (Mihai Nadin, University of Dresden Press, 1997)
Pannel discussion chaired by Mihai Nadin with the participation of Charles Csuri, Frank Dietrich, Thomas Linehan, Hiroshi Kawano, Siggraph 1985
International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques,
Proceedings of the 12th annual conference on Computer graphics and interactive techniques
Member of the Research Group IZKS. Interdisciplinary Centre for Complex Systems, University of Bonn
Pioneer in computer graphics, Mihai Nadin introduced computers in art and design education at several colleges and universities in the USA and abroad. Involved in computer applications in art and design since 1960, he has also worked as consultant in the area of digital technology development for leading companies around the world.
One Cannot Not Interact
A position paper for a workshop on human-computer interaction, beginning with a quote from literature is unusual. But here you have the essence of my position: All those involved in human-computer interaction (HCI) "speak" semiotics, whether they are aware of it or not. In paraphrasing Paul Watzslawick's famous axiom-One cannot not communicate-I submit (again) to the HCI community that one cannot not interact; and because interaction is based on signs, one cannot not "semiotize." That is, one cannot avoid semiotics
profiles of present and past researchers in the field of the semiotics of the visual
The Digital Horizons book series aims to serve as a forum for broad discussions of various aspects of the digital age. Mihai Nadin is initiator and executive editor of the series.
The site carries links to Mihai Nadin texts:
Anticipatory Computing. How expectations, predictions and forecasts affect our lives; Mind - Anticipation and Chaos;
Jenseits der Schriftkultur. Das Zeitalter des Augenblicks;
A Mihai Nadin class at Stanford University (1999).
The journal Semiosis (Zeitschrift für Semiotik und ihre Anwendungen) was a very early publication on the scientific foundations of semiotics.
Issue 1 :1, 1976 occasioned the publication of
Mihai Nadins The Repertory of Signs, a very early attempt at a mathematical-logical description of the various kinds of signs involved in human activity.
Website in Spanish (Francisco Urdaneta A.
Video Editor - Bogotá D.C. Colombia)
Information on Nadins activity. Special attention to The ciilization of Illiteracy
Mihai Nadin as Honoryry Subscriber (accent on The civilization of Illiteracy)
La Civilización de las Escrituras Variadas, de Mihai Nadin, según Frederic Chordá
Excellent analysis of The civilization of Illiteracy
Education science, collections of writings concerning Human computer interaction seen from a semiotic perspective
article in the journal Semiosis, 1976, a very early publication in Peirceian semiotics
Mihai Nadin: The Repertory of Signs is an article that suggested mathematical foundations of semiotics.
Today's Honorary Subscriber is Mihai Nadin, who is chair of the program in Computational Design at the University of Wuppertal, and the author of the provocative new book, "The Civilisation Of Illiteracy," in which he says:
"The overall development toward the civilisation of illiteracy suggests that the age of the book is being followed by an age of alternative media. The promoters of literacy are doing their best to resist this change. Their motto is 'Read anything, as long as you read.' They effectively discount any and all other means of acquiring knowledge, and totally disenfranchise individuals who cannot read. There are many avenues to self-constitution: all our senses -- including common sense -- repetition and memory. Some of these avenues are more efficient than the medium of the book. If they were not, they would not be succeeding as they do. The champions of literacy also imply that anything acquired through reading is good. The harm that can be transmitted through the book medium can be recorded in volumes. On the collective level, it has led to persecution and violence, even mass destruction. On the individual level, it can lead to imbalance. The child who is forced to read at age three is being deprived of time for developing other skills essential to his or her physical and mental well-being. The cognitive repertory of these children is being stunted by well-meaning but misguided parents. It is being stunted, too, by the market that sells literacy as though there were no tomorrow despite the fact that literacy has lost its dominant position in our lives."
Founded in 1995, Stephens Web is best described as a digital research laboratory for innovation in the use of online media in education.
The site quotes from the Gillespie interview in Technos, Berkeley, Summer 2002
Stanford University,: 4/16/1999 : 90 minutes Series: Human-Computer Interaction Seminar 1998-1999. A presentation of computational design as a new discipline.
Where is the HUMAN in HCI? From reaction to anticipation - Keynote lecture at NordiCHI 2002
Computers are machines.
(What's new?) Humans are not - but they are treated as though they were. Computers react (to our commands, to instructions embedded in software, to data patterns, and to electrical power loss). Human beings react as well, but in addition, they anticipate. All computers are the same, or at least should be (if you are lucky). No two human individuals are the same. Then why does the HCI community lose sight of the distinction between humans and machines? How come the HCI community treats human beings as though they were all the same? And how come the HCI community, on behalf of the computer industry, takes it upon itself to program the human being to act as a machine, instead of making possible the highest degree of individualization? Machines can process huge amounts of data. No human being will ever attain the same performance. But machines cannot formulate the questions that machines are asked to handle. How come the HCI community reverses this condition by having computers ask (pseudo-questions, of course) and human beings mortified that they might not give the right answer? (Ever forgot your password?) Such questions, and others going a bit deeper, are my subject.
At the end of its infancy, digital technology deserves more than the baby-talk of parents so much infatuated with their offspring that they effectively block development.
An article, in German, about the architecture of thought.
Design Network Switzerland presents Anticipation: The end is Where we Start From.
the colloquium From the Bauhaus to the Thinkhouse, December 1-2 1998
At the University of Caen (France) a strong interest in anticipation lead to this ressource page kept current by Serge Stinckwich
Journal of Technology Education, volume 11, number 2, spring 2000
Book Review, Nadin, Mihai. (1997). The Civilization of Illiteracy. Dresden, Germany: Dresden University Press, Inc. $79 (Hardcover), 880 pp., Reviewed by Stephen Petrina
A new role of the past in respect to the future?
Rolf Sachsse 15.12.1999 , reviews the presentation at the MEMORIA FUTURA - Symposion in the GMD Schloss Birlinghoven bei Bonn