Posted on March 7, 2022 2:00 PM by Peter Tuddenham
The SGSR was the name of this society before it was renamed the International Society for the Systems Sciences. Dr. James Grier Miller was at the beginning of the SGSR. He recounts factors that were influencing colleagues to form the SGSR. One factor stands out for me and it was the reaction of scientists who had been involved in creating atomic and hydrogen nuclear bombs who wanted science to serve mankind, not destroy it.
Dr. Miller recounts these conversations in his first lecture introducing Living Systems Theory. at the 11 minute mark he calls these scientists "a very interesting group. They included, Enrico Fermi and Harold Urey, both of whom had been involved in the development of the plutonium bomb". And at minute 14 and 25 seconds he goes on "Certainly a feeling of of deep responsibility for being the father of the plutonium bomb and for the work he was doing at that time, on the development of the hydrogen bomb. I don't think, as far as I could tell from talking to him and his, some of his friends and, on one occasion to his wife and reading what his wife has written about him, and he ever talked much to people, generally to physicists about this inner sense of guilt that he had."
Sense of guilt Miller implies is one of the factors that brought scientists together to form the SGSR.
Today Russia and Ukraine are at war and the prospect of a nuclear accident or nuclear war event is present I think reflection on one of the founding purposes of the now ISSS was to understand how humans get to this situation and how to prevent it. Some 68 years on we still have a lot to learn.
Posted on June 28, 2020 8:00 AM by Peter Tuddenham
Saturday 28 June 2020 was, as far as I am aware, an unique occasion in the ISSS history, perhaps the first since the founding in 1954. The President -elect Delia Macnamara, the current President Shankar Sankaran, the Past-President Peter Tuddenham, the VP Admin Jennifer Makar, the VP systems Practice Gary Smith, and Saturday online meetings coordinator and facilitator Deeanna Burleson all co-presented and co invited consultation of members on the future directions, actions and activities for ISSS. As a member you can view the recording at https://www.isss.org/systems-science-integration/
Posted on May 24, 2020 11:10 AM by Peter Tuddenham
the purpose of the ISSS is described as "to encourage the development of theoretical systems which are applicable to more than one of the traditional departments of knowledge", this and the aims:
- to investigate the isomorphy of concepts, laws, and models in various fields, and to help in useful transfers from one field to another;
- to encourage the development of adequate theoretical models in areas which lack them;
- to eliminate the duplication of theoretical efforts in different fields; and
- to promote the unity of science through improving the communication among specialists
are actively being revisited by a number of members in the ongoing effort to reflect, renew and reorganize the ISSS for the rest of the 21st century, or at least the next 5-10 years.
Some records of the discussions held on Saturday mornings are on the Systems Science Integration Workspace page https://www.myisss.org/systems-science-integration/
and more of the supporting historical documents are in the digital library on this website and introduced in the video on the home page.
It is exciting to see a resurgence of interest. Please join ISSS and be a part of the conversation.