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daviding Added content from ISSS web page written before 2004
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 Curiously enough, as organizations of special interest groups grow by increasing the number of their special interest groups, the ISSS grows as we increase the number of our special integration groups. These groups form the tentacles that reach into the diverse disciplines of human investigations to build the bridges among them for the unifying of the arts and humanities as well as the sciences. Those bridges are not built from one discipline to another through informal analogy and the forced-fitting of methods and models as often occurs in grand umbrella interdisciplinary organizations. Instead, as 2,000 years ago all roads were said to lead to Rome, the interdisciplinary bridges we build all lead through systems science. And, as with the great transportation hubs of today, you can go anywhere from there. When the bridge is built between systems science and a discipline, the whole world is open to that discipline and that discipline to the whole world. Curiously enough, as organizations of special interest groups grow by increasing the number of their special interest groups, the ISSS grows as we increase the number of our special integration groups. These groups form the tentacles that reach into the diverse disciplines of human investigations to build the bridges among them for the unifying of the arts and humanities as well as the sciences. Those bridges are not built from one discipline to another through informal analogy and the forced-fitting of methods and models as often occurs in grand umbrella interdisciplinary organizations. Instead, as 2,000 years ago all roads were said to lead to Rome, the interdisciplinary bridges we build all lead through systems science. And, as with the great transportation hubs of today, you can go anywhere from there. When the bridge is built between systems science and a discipline, the whole world is open to that discipline and that discipline to the whole world.
  
-Although we are drawn to our Society as generalists,​ our bread and butter jobs are mostly specialties. We are hybrids; and when we move outside our general theories, we often revert to our specialist ways. In our search for a systems science core, we overlook it because of its simplicity. We fail to find the core of knowledge that we seek because we seek it as specialists among specialists. The core is simply that all things real and imagined may be viewed as systems (sets of related and interacting elements) and, consequently,​ all things may be known by their relations and interrelations with all other things. But that statement is not enough to define a specialty and so the specialist in us persists in developing a special core of general knowledge.+Although we are drawn to our Society as generalists,​ our bread and butter jobs are mostly specialties. We are hybrids; and when we move outside our general theories, we often revert to our specialist ways. In our search for a systems science core, we overlook it because of its simplicity. We fail to find the core of knowledge that we seek because we seek it as specialists among specialists. ​//The core is simply that all things real and imagined may be viewed as systems (sets of related and interacting elements) and, consequently,​ all things may be known by their relations and interrelations with all other things.// But that statement is not enough to define a specialty and so the specialist in us persists in developing a special core of general knowledge.
  
 (This text originally appeared on the ISSS website before 2004, and has been reinstated) (This text originally appeared on the ISSS website before 2004, and has been reinstated)
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