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 Progressing from its origins, the goal of the Relational Science SIG is now to continue Rosen'​s work and delve farther into the nature of relation. A tentative "​synthesis"​ of that work was published in 2011, which may or may not be acceptable to Rosen followers. That synthesis attempted to combine two main theory tracks that Rosen emphasized; that of Category Theory causal mappings and that of Modeling Relations. The integration of these two ideas provides us with a mathematical representation of complex modeling relations that necessarily exist in science and in nature. Therefore, we present a challenge to relational theorists, applied scientists, and relationists in general to test these new ideas and help us improve them. Progressing from its origins, the goal of the Relational Science SIG is now to continue Rosen'​s work and delve farther into the nature of relation. A tentative "​synthesis"​ of that work was published in 2011, which may or may not be acceptable to Rosen followers. That synthesis attempted to combine two main theory tracks that Rosen emphasized; that of Category Theory causal mappings and that of Modeling Relations. The integration of these two ideas provides us with a mathematical representation of complex modeling relations that necessarily exist in science and in nature. Therefore, we present a challenge to relational theorists, applied scientists, and relationists in general to test these new ideas and help us improve them.
  
-As we redefine our domain of discourse, we are aware that there already exists a broad philosophical literature on "​Relationism"​ or "​Relationalism"​ with which we need to interact. By re-focusing the SIG to Relational Science, we open ourselves up to contrast and comparison in this broader philosophical field in addition to our own traditional systems perspectives in ISSS. For example, a detailed discussion exists about relational space-time physics. While Rosen often said that his theories would impact physics, it has been only recently that some specific proposals have been made as to how (discussions have mostly focused on why). Traditionally,​ relational theory has been focused on the biological, ecological, and sociological sciences, including questions of society and governance. But now, as a general theory of complexity and life, there is no field it does not impact. Therefore, not only has the SIG entered a new arena of discussion with potential new colleagues and critics alike, it has also broadened its scope to include all of the sciences and more.+As we redefine our domain of discourse, we are aware that there already exists a broad philosophical literature on "​Relationism"​ or "​Relationalism"​ with which we need to interact. By re-focusing the SIG to Relational Science, we open ourselves up to contrast and comparison in this broader philosophical field in addition to our own traditional systems perspectives in ISSS. For example, a detailed discussion exists about relational space-time physics. While Rosen often said that his theories would impact physics, it has been only recently that some specific proposals have been made as to how (discussions have mostly focused on why). Traditionally,​ relational theory has been focused on the biological, ecological, and sociological sciences, including questions of society and governance. But now, as a general theory of physical ​complexity and life, Relational Science touches every field. Therefore, not only has the SIG entered a new arena of discussion with potential new colleagues and critics alike, it has also broadened its scope to include all of the sciences, many human endeavors, ​and more.
  
 With regard to '​more',​ we hope to continue our past tradition of being open to experiential perspectives on life and reality, through the lens of relational thinking and participatory modes of exploration. In fact, many leading-edge studies in science that expose bizarre phenomena are open to study from a relational perspective. Science does not cover all of human experience, whereas reality does; and we propose that relational science is a way of exploring reality that is capable of bridging the gap between objective and subjective worlds, between science and experience, between phenomenon and noumenon, between duality and non-duality,​ between body and mind. In the recent '​synthesis'​ this dichotomy is framed as between realization and contextualization. With regard to '​more',​ we hope to continue our past tradition of being open to experiential perspectives on life and reality, through the lens of relational thinking and participatory modes of exploration. In fact, many leading-edge studies in science that expose bizarre phenomena are open to study from a relational perspective. Science does not cover all of human experience, whereas reality does; and we propose that relational science is a way of exploring reality that is capable of bridging the gap between objective and subjective worlds, between science and experience, between phenomenon and noumenon, between duality and non-duality,​ between body and mind. In the recent '​synthesis'​ this dichotomy is framed as between realization and contextualization.
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 Please address questions about the RS SIG to: Please address questions about the RS SIG to:
-John Kineman <​john.kineman@colorado.edu>​+John Kineman <​john.kineman@colorado.edu> ​or 
 Judith Rosen <​judithrosen@earthlink.net>​ Judith Rosen <​judithrosen@earthlink.net>​
  
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