Understanding Complexity / Edition 1

Understanding Complexity / Edition 1

by Gillian Ragsdell
     
 

This book is a commemorative volume of the World Congress of Systems S cience and ISSS, Toronto, Canada, and includes written summaries of th e specially featured Keynote, plenary, and symposia presentations from a unique gathering of many of the leaders of the systems science move ment. These distinguished contributors address the common theme of com plexity, and

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This book is a commemorative volume of the World Congress of Systems S cience and ISSS, Toronto, Canada, and includes written summaries of th e specially featured Keynote, plenary, and symposia presentations from a unique gathering of many of the leaders of the systems science move ment. These distinguished contributors address the common theme of com plexity, and the management of complex systems, from the perspective o f many different disciplines.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306465864
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
08/31/2001
Edition description:
2001
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

The Systemic View of the World: The [actual symbol not reproducible] Logo of General Systems Research3
Systems Science Fundamental Principles7
A Cosmological Imperative: Emergence of Information, Complexity and Life15
The Co-Creation Hypothesis19
What is Infodynamics?31
The History on Sociocybernetics, RC51, of the International Sociological Association41
Systems Practice at the United Kingdom's Open University45
The WOSC and some Views about Cybernetics55
Presentation of Wiener Gold Medal to Dr. Candace Pert59
On Misdirected Systems65
The Complexity of Performance and the Instruments of Mastery75
Understanding Imperfection83
Engaging with Transient Complexity in Development Projects91
Meaning Networks and Verbal Communication: A Semiotic Perspective of Human Discourse103
Can Religion be Reconciled with Science?119
The Bridge to Humanity's Future127
Energy, Hierarchy and Money139
Capitalism in the New Millennium: The Challenge of Sustainability149
Technological Forecasting and Assessment Tools: The Changing Scene157
Forecasting the Innovation of Complex Technologies165
Making Technology Foresight (and Systems Studies?) Useful173
Why the Century Date Change Occurred So Smoothly183
Implications for the Security of the International Information Infrastructure191
Y2K - "Ten Months After": Two "Double Binds" and a "Double Blindness"201
The Future of the Natural Systems Sciences219
Systems Thinking and the Social Sciences239
Systems Thinking for the 21st Century249
OR 2000: Challenges and Prescriptions for the New Millennium257
The Systems Movement and ISSS in the New Millennium271
The Systems Sciences in the Year 3000277
Continuing the Traditions of ISSS - Systems Science in the Service of Humanity283
Index289

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