Posts Tagged ‘Systems’

Your first time here? Welcome, I'm glad you've dropped in.... David Soul (aka Bricoleur)
Int. J. Systems Sci., 1970, vol. 1, No. 2, 89-97
Roger C. Conant
Department of Information Engineering, University of Illinois, Box 4348, Chicago,

Illinois, 60680, U.S.A.
and W. Ross Ashby
Biological Computers Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801,

[Received 3 June 1970]

The design of a complex regulator often includes the making of a model of the system to be regulated. The making of such a model has hitherto been regarded as optional, as merely one of many possible ways.

Tags: Ashby, control, model, regulator, Systems

1Badillo, I., 2Tejeida, R., 3Morales, O.
1,2,3 Instituto Politécnico Nacional, México.

The Viable System Model (VSM) is recursive and helps explaining the general production management model of the ERP system. The recursion level explains the development
starting from warehouse management to Material Requirement Planning (MRP), to Manufactory Requirement Planning (MRPII), to Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP), and
to Supply Chain Management (SCM).
In each recursion level, the emergent concepts helps explaining the discovery of the two categories of demand: independent demand and dependent demand, the feedback concept
helps explaining the closed cycles in ERP, the local, future and total environment concept helps explaining the interactions between the market and the Production System and the
Law of requisite variety helps to manage complexity.

Tags: Business, ERP, management, MRP, planning, Systems, Viable System Model, VSM


Cybernetics Landmarks – a Travellers Guide

   Posted by: Bricoleur    in cybernetics

This entry is part 3 of 2 in the series Cybernetics - A Start Here Guide

being an updated version of the…

Cybernetics – start here guide

by dsoul on Thu 12 Jan 2006 08:49 PM PST  |

[dhcs: May 28, 2010 | please note: this piece was originally put in place for a predecessor weblog ( as “Cybernetics – start here guide” and the original  page was still  under construction at the time that this new website was started…. in this new incarnation it is still,  unfortunately,  essentially a collection of “signposts”  rather than a travel guide, however annotations will be added over time to turn it into (a)  a true guide to the field and then onwards towards (b) the foundation of a “learning machine”The original concept of  the ‘start here guide’ will be replaced by a series of new posts on this site over the next several weeks]

Tags: autopoiesis, BAM, Business intelligence, CEP, Complex Event Processing, cybernetic, cybernetics, error, freedom, intelligence, management, Systems, Viable System Model, VSM


System-Theoretic Reflections

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine
Cybersyn control room, 1972
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“IF YOU WANT TO CREATE A CHANGE, you must challenge not only the models of Unreality, but the paradigms that underwrite them.”  — Stafford Beer

“General system theory, therefore, is a general science of wholeness” — Ludwig von Bertalannfy

Level II

Beer, Stafford, Brain of the Firm, Allen Lane, 1972

Level III

Klir, George J., An Approach to General Systems Theory, Van Nostrand, 1969

Level V

Bertalannfy, Ludwig von, General Systems Theory, George Braziller, N.Y., 1968

Tags: change, complexity, cybernetics, model, models, science, Stafford Beer, Systems, Systems theory

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“In 1948, Norbert Wiener pondered a new science in his classic book Cybernetics, one that flirted with the “boundary regions of science.” Sustainability today occupies a similar state, but the concept is used more as a policy guide and buzzword than as a true science.”

via The New Science of Sustainable Dynamics: ENN — Know Your Environment.

Tags: CEP, cybernetics, Ecology, philosophy, science, Sustainability, Systems


Breadcrumbs for November 19th through 21:48

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Breadcrumbs

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These are my links for November 19th from 20:41 to 21:48:

  • GAO: urgent policy concerns for transition/new administration – Many of the urgent policy concerns identified here are critical and time sensitive and require prioritized federal action. They are issues that require a focus from the transition team and new administration because if they are not dealt with, they could have great implications for life, well being, or the confidence of citizens in government, or because they have key quickly approaching dates where a decision must be made or actions taken. Consequently, these issues are not necessarily the most important issues in the long term, but rather those that must be dealt with immediately.

Tags: design, intellectual property, management, politics, science, Systems


Alan Greenspan: Wrong

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in In Extremis

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“Not only have individual financial institutions become less vulnerable to shocks from underlying risk factors, but also the financial system as a whole has become more resilient.”
— Alan Greenspan in 2004

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Tags: finance error, Systems


Designing Freedom & The Purpose of Education

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in cybernetics

Cybersyn control room, 1972

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Stafford Beer 1926 – 2002

If, as will become the dominant theme of this blog, the Purpose of a System is What it Does ( POSIWID) what does it mean to mankind that so many of our systems appear broken to even unseasoned observers?

Stafford Beer of course had a lot to say on this subject in his many works but one example that often haunts me comes from his work of prose Chronicles of Wizard Prang.

Tags: cybernetics, design, freedom, POSIWID, software, Stafford Beer, Systems

in Pharyngula [Evolution, development, and random biological ejaculations from a godless liberal] PZ Myers writes about a recent press release from Princeton:
“Unfortunately, the puff piece writer and the scientists involved seem incapable of actually explaining what they found, which makes me extremely suspicious.
Anyway, I’ll be looking for the paper. My bet would be that it says nothing like the claims made for it by the press release, or that it will be an embarrassing error of interpretation by the authors.:
The target of his disbelief was also discussed in a recent thread on friendfeed:
Geoff Schultz (friend of Louis Gray) posted a link
Princeton Team Challenges Darwin: Evolution Not Random?

Tags: autopoiesis, CEP, change, error, ignorance, predictions, presentations, religion, science, Systems


Breadcrumbs for November 13th to 21:29

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Breadcrumbs

These are my links for November 13th from 21:06 to 21:29:

  • Happiness as the Ultimate Goal of Cybernetics – There are two basic problems to be solved — “What has caused these problems and how can they be solved?” and, “If solutions do exist, are they compatible with humankind’s happiness?”
    Both of these problems must be analyzed based upon the careful analysis of human nature. This paper first discusses the problem of what aspect of human nature is relevant to the ceaseless increase of energy use and how such aspects can be utilized to evade the problem. The analysis of the human feeling of happiness will then be presented to examine if the life of decreased use of energy is compatible with the human nature.

Tags: astronomy, change, cybernetics, feeling, goals, knowledge, management, model, models, science, Systems