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 +By Charles Francois
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 +Who Knows What General Systems Theory Is? In my opinion General Systems Theory does not really exist as a unified theory. Claims to the contrary seem to harm our credibility.
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 +"​Systems Science(s)"​ is also a dubious trademark. Everyone understands it and defines it in her/his own way. Nobody seems to be able to offer a coherant and all embracing view of what it is (with the possible exception of Jean Louis Lemoigne in France, whose ideas would deserve to be considered in an international symposium)'​
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 +Curiously enough, this disarray somewhat reminds me of the famous Indian tale about the elephant and the five blind men...which ironically has precisely been proposed as a metaphor for the need of a systemic vision.
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 +However, there is undoubtly a systemic-cybernetic vision ("​Weltanschauung"​) which includes:
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 +-A conceptual frame: - A systemic ontology and epistemology;​ -General Semantics; -Constructivism;​ -The controllled uses of metaphors, analogies and isomorphies. - The general study and understanding of complexity -A general taxonomy of systems -An open set of transdiscliplinary concepts related to complexity; Aura,​Autogenesis,​ Autonomy, Autopoiesis,​ Boundary, Chaos, Codification,​ Communication,​ Constraint, Control, \Dissipative structuration,​ Emergence, Environment,​ Explosive process, Hierarchy, Heterarchy, Homeostasis,​ Implosion Process, Information,​ Invironment,​ Metasystem, Morphogenesis,​ Morphostatis,​ Network, Neural organization,​ Organizational closure, Percolation,​ Regulation, Self-reference,​ Self-similarity,​ Simultaneity,​ Stress, Synergy, Uncompleteness,​ Variety, Whole... and surely some more.
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 +A methdology of models derived from these concepts: - Controlllers,​ -Feedbacks, - Homeostat, - Hypercycle, - Learning matrixes, - Markovian Matrixes, -Metamodelling,​ - Neural networks, etc.
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 +A number of more or less interconnected qualitative mathematical formalisms: -Analysis of reconstructibility (Klir), - Automate (Turing, von -Neuman, Conway), -Calculus of indications (Spencer Brown,), -Catastrophes (Thom, Zeeman). -Deterministic Chaos (Lorenz, Smale, et al.), - Fractals (Mandelbrot),​ - Fuzzy sets (Zadeh), -Games, Graphs, Groups, etc...
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 +A number of specific applications:​ - Expert systems, -Servo-mechanisms,​ -Simulation techniques, -Systems dynamics, etc...
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 +- ...and, indirectly, a number of more specific disciplines:​ -Artificial intelligence,​ -Artificial Life, -Bionics, -Informatics,​ -Operational reserach, -Robotics, etc...
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 +In short, an enormous trove, totally or partially unknown, even by the systemists themselves.
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 +By Charles Francois Editor, International Encyclopedia of Systemics and Cybernetics
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 +Take the tour...[[ perspectives on general system theory]]
  
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