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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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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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The pertinence of the systems approach

In 10 slides I will explain above concept map which enables an integrated conceptualization of the logical relationships of the core characteristics of wicked problems with the basic requirements and workings of the systems approach. Continue reading

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The problem may be people

Yet, we mustn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater Relating Systems Thinking and Design   … is the title of a symposium held in Banff, Canada on September 1, 2015. The keynote was delivered by Don Norman, whose work mostly … Continue reading

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What is it with the systems approach?

… and explaining what it is about and how it works? Yes, what indeed?       This post presents one more explanation of the systems approach. I am convinced that everybody does it – I mean the systems approach (in a probably … Continue reading

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