Monthly Archives: October 2016

A systems approach to the design of inductive inquiry

The problem of observation as a nonseparable component In the late 1960s Churchman was invited by NASA to work on an automated organic chemistry laboratory (or ‘inquiring system’), presumably to detect possible traces of life (‘biosignatures’ in current Exomars terms). … Continue reading

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Instilling the idea of non-separability

How to grasp an obscured yet fundamental truth? Chapter 3 of Churchman’s “The design of inquiring systems” (1971) is entitled “On whole systems: the anatomy of goal seeking.” What this suggests is that the notions of ‘whole systems’ and ‘goal … Continue reading

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Goal seeking by the systems approach

Its rationale, its structure, its application, and its definition There are many ways of explaining the systems approach, but it is difficult to find a way that enables quick understanding and acceptance. While reading Churchman’s ‘The design of inquiring systems’ … Continue reading

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