Monthly Archives: September 2016

Leibnizian inquiring systems

Combining insights of Descartes, Spinoza to grow fact nets As I wrote in a previous post, “Churchman suggests that the history of epistemology can be used as a source of design models for learning systems and their justification. To this … Continue reading

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A systems view of God

The necessity of God from a systems perspective  While reading Churchman’s chapter on “Leibnizian inquiring systems: fact nets”, I came across Anselm’s ontological argument. This never really hit home with me, so I decided to try and simplify it (hopefully not … Continue reading

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Systemic design and inquiry

Designing models for learning systems The first chapter of Churchman’s ‘The design of inquiring systems: basic concepts of systems and organization’ is called ‘Design and inquiry’. It is an introduction to a book about the design of inquiring systems for … Continue reading

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A synopsis of process philosophy

A great lecture by Arthur F. Holmes At the end of my last post (no, not that last post!) I admitted to my predilection for Whitehead, the father of process philosophy and theology. Unfortunately, his magnus opus, Process and reality, … Continue reading

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Systems, design and inquiry

Two more concept maps, like it or not Yesterday I started rereading Churchman’s 1971 book on “The design of inquiring systems: basic concepts of systems and organization.” The opening chapter introduces a few basic concepts, such as system, design and … Continue reading

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