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Integrative Problem-Solving in a Time of Decadence / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
This book presents a unique study of Integrative Problem-Solving (IPS) during the current phase of 'Decadence' that characterizes every societal aspect (science, education, politics, economics, and culture). It is distinctive in that it integrates sophisticated mathematics and scientific method with philosophical thinking and sociological analysis. IPS is based on a theory of Epibraimatics that fuses epistemic ideas and principles from brain sciences to develop action-based mathematics for the solution of real world problems under conditions of uncertainty and space-time dependency. To understand IPS concepts and methods, a scientist must be able to consider them from different perspectives (including neuropsychology, physical sciences, philosophy, stochastics, and mathematics), and to interpret and connect them to related concepts and methods. Only by interpolating between the full range of disciplines and the associated thinking styles can scientists arrive at a satisfactory account of problem-solving. In higher education and research one witnesses what the book terms the "unholy alliance of financial corporatism and radical postmodernism" (undermining tradition, knowledge, language, and achievements of the past; promoting nihilism, and seeking to satisfy lower needs). The consideration of 'Decadence' in the book is essential in the realistic study of environmental problems and their rigorous solution, because the broad context within which the problems emerge can affect their solution. A set of conceptual postulates and the corresponding mathematical operators are introduced. The postulates have an evolutionary flavor, i.e., they evolve as new core knowledge and site-specific data become available. IPS should not only focus on how a solution works (operational component), but also on why the solution works (substantive component). Stochastic reasoning underlines the conceptual and methodological framework of IPS, and its formulation
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Table of Contents
From the Table of Contents:
THE PURSUIT Of KNOWLEDGE.-Crossing The Gate Of Night And Day.-Matters Of Scientific Knowledge.-A Time Of Decadence.-The Shadow Epistemology.-The Unholy Alliance Of Corporatism And Postmodernism In Higher Education.-On The Road To Damascus.-On Measurement And Observation.-Feynman’s Wine And The No-Man’s Land.-About Models, Modelling, And Modellers.-Reinventing The University And The New Enlightenment.-Non-Egocentric Individualism In IPS.-PROBLEM SOLVING REVISITED.-The Role Of Philosophy In IPS.-Historical Perspectives: From Heraclitus to Kuhn.- Rethink Everything.-Va, Pensiero, Sull’ Ali Dorate.-Too Many Data – Too Little Sense, Mr. Grandgrind.-Paradigm And Via Negativa.-EMERGENCE OF EPIBRAIMATICS.-The Living Experience Outlook.-The Background Of Synthesis.-Brain As An Apparatus With Which We Think We Think.-If Plato Were Alive.-Fundamental IPS Postulates.-Knowledge Bases.-Problem-Solutions Suspended In Language.-When Truth Is Bigger Than Proof.-The Structure Of Knowledge.-A Fusion Of Ideas And Functions: A Man’s Ithaca.-SPACE-TIME AND UNCERTAINTY.-The “Canvas vs. Parenthood” Dilemma.-Space-Time Domain And Its Characterization.-Dealing With Uncertainty.-Probability And Its Interpretations.-Quantitative Representations of Uncertainty.-STOCHASTIC REASONING.-Lifting Isis’ Veil.-Reasoning In A Shastic Setting.-The Spatiotemporal Random Field Concept.-Shastic Characterization.-About Laws, Power Holders, and Rembrandt’s Paintings.-Constructing Multivariate PDF Models.-Space-Time Change and Woody Allen’s Prose.-A Generalized View Of S/TRF.-Constructive Symbiosis And Its Problem.