2016/07/28 11:35 John Kineman, “The PAR/Holon Relational Framework, and its prospects as a general methodology for Systems Research”, ISSS 2016 Boulder

Plenary @ISSSMeeting John Kineman, Keynote #isss2016USA, 60th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences and 1st Policy Congress of ISSS, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Day 4 theme:  Systems Theory, Management, and Practice

Plenary VIII: Prospects for Scientific Systemic Synthesis

  • Description: Recent times have seen the emergence of new theoretical insights that may help to establish the frameworks, theories and methodologies we need to understand, design, build, explain, communicate about, utilize or operate, maintain, and evolve resilient and sustainable socio-ecological systems. In this panel we bring together experts to present on such emerging developments in the areas of engineering, science, research, practice and philosophy, and to reflect on how these different stands can contribute to the formation of a new systemic synthesis that will make the ‘whole systems perspective’ scientific and practical. The panel presentations will be delivered in the last plenary before lunch, and be followed by an open discussion between the panellists and audience in a break-out session immediately after lunch.

Chair: David Rousseau, Centre for Systems Philosophy

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John Kineman, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder


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John Kineman, Thursday plenary

Did a paper last year bridging own work to Len Troncale’s work, but Len didn’t come, so withdrew

  • Potential for a super linkage proposition
  • Trying to get to a parimonious generalized model

Book that was supposed to delivered to this conference

  • Holistic Natural Frameworks in social sciences, coming from the natural sciences

John Kineman, Driver Pressure State Impact Response

One example: Driver – Press – State – Impact / Response (DSPI/R) redrawn as four causes

  • In Aristotle’s philosophy, ambiguity in upper left quandrant of formal causations (plan) e.g. a mold for a statue, pouring in; e.g. sculpting the state of David, directing a chisel and hammer
  • Latter formal cause after
  • Drivers:  need for food, agriculture
  • Dynamics
  • Changes system, but then doesn’t stop there (think of hierarchy, take the higher causes as divine interventions)
  • Hierarchy messed up society, where don’t have high priests representing workers
  • Impact:  the reflect quadrant

John Kineman, Driver Pressure State Impact Response screen

Two holons interacting with each other, which gives complexity

  • Like husband and wife both trying to redecorate the kitchen
  • Contextual overlay of models, emergence of a battle or something really innovative and creative

John Kineman, GIS Ecological Niche Modeling

Got started with this on system potentials

Adaptive Ecological Niche Modeling links up contextual system with the actual system

  • Potential for the system of the organism

In Life Itself, Rosen was working against looking only at efficient entailments

John Kineman, Fifth Order Holon

A 5th order holon

  • Rosen wasn’t showing what is coming in from the environment

Worked out an inverse entailment

  • How does a state result in a new function?  If you put it into a new context.
  • Take a chair from your living room, and put it into a new intertidal zone, it will have new functions