A General Theory of Generic Modelling and Paradigm Shifts: Part 1 – The Fundamentals
Kybernetes, Vol. 44 No. 2, 2015, pp. 283-298
16 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2015
Date Written: April 26, 2015
This is part 1 of three linked papers. Using principles that arise from Schwarz’s living systems set within a framework provided by cultural agency theory, and with a rationale provided by Rosen’s and Dubois’ concepts of anticipation, the papers develops a general modelling theory of simplex orders. It shows that with the development of new higher orders, paradigm shifts can occur that become responsible for new ways of seeing and resolving stubborn problematic issues. The research paper is composed of three parts. Part 1 establishes the fundamentals for a theory of modelling associated with cybernetic orders. Using this, part 2 establishes the principles of cybernetic orders using simplex modelling. This will include a general theory of generic modelling. Part 3 extends this, developing a fourth order simplex model, and exploring the potential for higher orders using recursive techniques through cultural agency theory.
Keywords: Anticipating behaviour, complexity, generic modelling, cybernetic orders, paradigm, cultural agency theory, recursive models
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