Re: Ecology of Systems Thinking • RS • TM
My previous comment summed up my observations of a general drift toward “absolutist and dyadic ways of thinking” in various communities of inquiry of interest to me over the past 20 years. I traced its cause to “the stubborn pull of unchecked reductionism” and a corresponding failure to grasp the relational structures of complex phenomena.
A preference for simple models and theories is natural enough so long as the chosen models and theories are up to the task of explaining the phenomena at hand, but when a preference for a particular class of structures persists in the face of steadily mounting anomalies it becomes a hidebound and dysfunctional bias.
That is my description and my diagnosis of the situation as I see it. I could be wrong about either or both. But the reason for addressing the case in these terms is not simply to point out a dysfunctional state of affairs. The purpose of a diagnosis is to indicate a remedy.
cc: Systems Science • Structural Modeling • Peirce List • Ontolog Forum • Cybernetics
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