Toward a promise of tomorrow using interconnecting theory to re-connect
[Charles Francois, ISSS 1998 Paper Session, July 20/98]
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Charles Francois, editor, International Encyclopedia of Cybernetics
Was going to speak about a theory of interconnections (as a research
idea, not a real paper!)
1. How do interactions become established?
No system can exist without interconnections.
But we still don't have a good understanding of interconnections and interactions.
2. Which types of interactions appear first?
An energy field within another energy field? (A program for research).
3. How do some interactions become stabilized, while others become destroyed?
4. How are the interactions between the levels of complexity?
e.g. in construction of the brain.
5. Case of simultaneous interactions:
e.g. biological connected with social.
6. Pathology of interconnects: too many or too few?
Chaos: usually think of one interconnection working independently of others.
Propagation is never instantaneous, so absolute determinism is broken,
leaving relative determinism.
Global determinism is only statistical.
Power laws, to consider the ruptures of some interconnections
Could then study:
Would like to discuss as a rich field for research.
All types of human organizations, from families to world
Society of the neurons in the brain.
Animal societies, i.e. vertebrae, and then insect.
Biological, and then macro-physical concept.
How does this work happen when interconnections break down?
Interaction between parts:
Charles is a Belgian colonist in Africa.
They were destructive, as they destroyed native traditional cultures, when
there is nothing to replace them.
We don't really design new systems: the systems will come back and re-emerge.
e.g. trying to change culture.
If working with people who are not convinced, then the system won't change.
e.g. water is an interrelationship between hydrogen and oxygen, there's
no interaction directly with the parts.
Recycle your understanding of the system, to understand how it might change.
If it can change in a direction in which you can apply power, you might
be able to take action.
However, you'll never be sure if you're right.
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