"Questions to Timothy F. H. Allen", Timothy F. H. Allen, 49th Annual Meeting of the ISSS, Westin Cancun, July 1, 2005, 11:20 a.m.

Timothy F. H. Allen

49th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, Westin Cancun, July 1, 2005

These participant's notes were created in real-time during the meeting, based on the speaker's presentation(s) and comments from the audience. These should not be viewed as official transcripts of the meeting, but only as an interpretation by a single individual. Lapses, grammatical errors, and typing mistakes may not have been corrected. Questions about content should be directed to the originator. These notes have been contributed by David Ing (daviding@systemicbusiness.org) of the Systemic Business Community ( http://systemicbusiness.org ).

[Group 1]

Talk emphasized how systems theory is so complex, and people don't want to talk about them

Formal and natural language

What's the relationship between structure and function?

Allen: Structure is time-independent

[Group 2]

Models: these models take a slice of reality

Systems thinking, linking the narratives

Questions: mention about linking theory and how to improve things

Allen: as a theorist, about 3 years ago, undergrad wanted to do a senior thesis with him

[Group 3]

Model reduction isn't enough to understand complexity

Can model processes

Allen: possible to take a narrative, and turn it into a model

Allen: As improve narrative, multiple narrative stories

[Group 4]

Model validated by case studies, across disciplines

Allen: Talk to your friends, it really helps, then you get an idea of what you stick into your computer

ISSS... Conferences... Cancun 2005