The intellectual technology of guiding societal evolution [Enrique Herrscher, ISSS 1998 Plenary Session, July 20/98]

[Plenary Session, July 20/98, 11:30 a.m.] Bridges ...
  1. from soft to hard;
  2. from theory to practice; and
  3. from ISSS to the world.
Won't build bridges, they're already there.  
Hard Soft
building thinking
artifacts concepts
unilateral contradictory
measurable ambiguous


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Now can (measure, simulate, evaluate) soft systems, as well as hard systems Rigourous treatments? Not always found by outside people (not systemists). First bridge: How do people use theory? (He's a practitioner). Third bridge: ISSS and the world. The world has complex processes, which provides a context. Some things occurring in the corporate world. Will Rogers, quoted by Michael Hill.

Questions

Disagreement with partitioning speakers at a conference like this: mixtures of theoreticians and practitioners. Research driven by money? German beer purity law being reduced due to European community. Philip Gonzalez: Can't deny the force of gravity, but be careful not to fall.



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