Presidential address: System perception -- It's in the air [G.A. Swanson,
ISSS 1998 Plenary Session, July 24/98]
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(firstname.lastname@example.org).[Plenary session, July 24/98, 9:35 a.m.]
G. A. Swanson
In this electronic age, could have read this on the home page.
Want to emphasize one point.
Honored Anatol Rappaport that the systems movement is in a renaissance.
James Miller interviewing Margaret Mead.
Cannon, Rosenbluth ...
Miller thought Americans didn't give credit to Ashby on feedback research.
Margaret Mead: Wouldn't worry about it, it was in the air.
Miller on exuberance on science.
Need to understand systems at a greater complexity.
Mead: When principles of ISSS are not understood, the specialties can't
be integrated as well.
There's nothing new under the sun, and there's nothing old.
ISSS have never been a strong organization, but individuals have passed
through, and carried to their specialties.
In the last 40 years, ISSS has been a fluid subculture, penetrating every
Pursuit of epistemological integration must be from a few people who go
beyond their bread-and-butter jobs.
Today, the need for interdisciplinary research is again being seen.
However, interdisciplinary science is viewed from discipline-to-discipline,
rather than a general theory.
The whole is still little recognized.
Must participate in grand theories, even those that do not cover the whole.
Address by Bela Banathy, incoming president
By a person from an indigenous world, who continues to live in the tradition
By a person from a developing world.
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