The following objectives are specific to
the overall purpose:
A. To foster the investigation of the analogy
or isomorphy of concepts, laws, and models in various disciplines and professions.
B. To promote the unity of science through
improving communications among the specialists in various scientific fields.
C. To facilitate transfer of concepts, laws,
and models across disciplines and professions.
D. To encourage development of theoretical
models where they are lacking.
E. To reduce the duplication of theoretical
efforts between and among disciplines and professions.
The General Principle as philosophy:
INTEGRANTS WORKING TOGETHER
AS A WHOLE
Life Research Concept"
- David Ing Notes
- 1998 1999 2000
- Special Features
The Stafford Beer Project
Bertalanffy papers found!
April 1 2004. The lost papers of Ludwig von Bertalanffy have been
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What is the ISSS?
The ISSS is a broadly
based professional society
of scientists,philosophers, educators, futurists,
humanists, business and policy practicioners, artists,
writers, and many other professionals from diverse
endeavors, who are drawn together by a common interest:
understanding and interacting systemically with reality.
Our basic approach is both scientific and philosophical
in the broadest and most evolutionary sense of the
scientific enterprise. Science and humanities are
evolving new paradigms, most notably a systemic view,
and ISSS is at the forefront of that evolution.
" ISSS explores the multiple
perspectives of systemics
through its Special Integration Groups (SIGs).
SIGs are formed from the collective interests of
ISSS members, and represent the dynamics of creative
exploration and philosophical/scientific integration
that is at the core of ISSS work."
For more information about ISSS, please contact:
Vice President of Administration
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"We are dealing with emergent realities;
"Compared to the analytical procedure of
no longer with isolated groups of men, but with a
systematically interdependent global community .
It is this level of [reality]which we must keep
before our eyes if we are able to inspire large-scale
action designed to assure our collective
and hence our individual survival"
classical science with resolution into component elements
and one-way or linear causality as basic category,
the investigation of organized wholes of many variables
requires new categories
of interaction, transaction, organization, teleology..."
"These considerations lead to the postulate of a new
scientific discipline which we call general system
It's subject matter is formulation of principles
that are valid for "systems" in general,
whatever the nature of the component elements
and the relations or "forces" between them...
"General system theory, therefore, is
a general science of wholeness"...
The meaning of the somewhat mystical expression,
"The whole is more that the sum of its parts"
is simply that constitutive characteristics are not explanable
from the characteristics of the isolated parts. "
(L. v. Bertalanffy)
Order General System Theory
Winner of the