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Notes on Contributors
Michael Lissack
(editor) is the executive director of the Institute for the Study of Coherence and
Emergence (ISCE), the ISCE Professor of Meaning in Organizations, the first Walter J. Hickel
Professor at Alaska Pacific University, and a serial entrepreneur. He founded both a non-profit
research institute and a charity for artists, launched an international PhD program in corporate
anthropology, has written half dozen books, been a successful Wall Street banker, and a
candidate for public office. Dr. Lissack has taught at a number of academic institutions in the US
and Europe, run nine international conferences on the topics of complexity, management, health
care, entanglement and ethics and founded a successful academic journal (E:CO). Worth
Magazine recognized Dr. Lissack as one of "Wall Street's 25 Smartest Players" in 1999 and as
one of the 100 Americans who have most influenced "how we think about money" in 2001. His
most recent invention - an Internet research reference librarian replacement can be found at His most recent academic work can be found at
Abraham Graber
is an assistant professor of philosophy at Western Illinois University,
where he specializes in meta-ethics, and previously was an assistant professor at the University
of Iowa. His primary research project aims to show that acceptance of a scientific worldview
commits one to thinking that there are mind-independent moral properties. This meta-ethical
project requires that Professor Graber defend a strong form of anti-reductionism. He spends
much of his time attempting to flesh out a novel version of anti-reductionism whereby emergent
properties have causal powers. Portions of this meta-ethical project have been presented to the
Center for Cognitive Science and Semantics in Riga, to the British Society for Ethical Theory at
St. Anne’s College in Oxford, and at the Twenty-Third Biennial meeting of the Philosophy of
Science Association.
Alicia Juarrero,
Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Prince George’s Community College
(MD), is the author of Dynamics in Action: Intentional Behavior as a Complex System (1999)
and co-editor of Reframing Complexity: Perspectives from North and South (2007), and
Emergence, Self-Organization and Complexity: Precursors and Prototypes (2008). Dr. Juarrero
was named the 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support
of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; in 2003
she received the Edward T. Foote Alumnus of Distinction Award of the University of Miami; in
1995 the Distinguished Humanities Educator Award of the Community College Humanities
Association. Dr. Juarrero was appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Endowment for
the Humanities where, from 1992-2000 she served as NEH’s Chair of Council Committee on
State Programs.