- The Systemic
Foundation of the Information Age
- During the past few centuries
we have achieved a remarkable synthesis of science and technology.
We have been less successful in establishing a graceful even
workable relationship between nature, humanity, science and technology.
It is becoming increasingly important for us to ask the fundamental
questions that will lead to an understanding of these relationships.
- Unique to our age is the massive
scale at which we are applying science and technology to the
construction of our physical, social, and cultural reality. However.
our approach to the construction of these realities is fragmented.
A distinguishing feature of the next millenium must be a more
systemic view of science and technology: a view that gives full
expression to the creative energies of the human spirit upon
which the information age can be built.
- A disciplined approach to engaging
our creative energy calls for the a level of understanding that
crosses the boundaries between the humanities, the arts, the
sciences, and technologies. It cetainly calls for a re-examination
of science, one that embraces different ways of knowing, and
different ways of being. The boundaries-crossings may well be
rooted in our humanity, in our conception of spirituality, asthetics,
justice, morality, and ethics.
- The above discussion echoes
the sentiments of the founders of ISSS. Some 44 years ago, a
group of systems thinkers asked: How can science be unified?
How can science be applied to the improvement of the human condition?
Since the time when these questions were asked, humanity has
achieved a remarkable synthesis of science and technology. Some
fragmentation has been overcome, however, significant, and deep-rooted
fragmentations remains. It may well be that in order for us to
take the next step, the original question should be rephrased
- How can the improvement of the
human condition become the basis for the unification of science?
How can the unification of science become the basis for the improvement
of the human condition?
- Expressions of interest
and abstracts should be sent by January 15, 1999 to
- Bela Antal Banathy,
ISSS President, 38 Seca Place, Salinas, CA 93908 USA
- E-mail BABanathy@worldnet.att.net Tel: (831) 375-7614