To clarify my previous remark about General Systems Theory, I wasn’t trying to define a whole field but merely to describe my experience in forums like these, where it took me a while to realize that when I use the word “system” a great many people are not thinking what I’m thinking when I use it. The first thing in my mind is almost always a state space and the possible trajectories of a representative point through it. But a lot of people will be thinking of a “system”, like the word says, as a collection of parts “standing together”. Naturally I’d like to reach the point of discussing such things, it’s just that it takes me a while, and considerable analysis of to get there.
It goes without saying this has to do with the boundaries of my own experience and the emphases of my teachers and other influencers in systems, the early ones taking their ground in Ashby, Wiener, and the MIT school, the later ones stressing optimal control and learning organizations, but mostly it has to do with my current objectives and the species of intelligent systems, Inquiry Driven Systems, I want to understand and help to build.
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