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The Skeleton of Science

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From: "Douglas S. Blank"
Date: Mon, November 26, 2007 12:30 pm


Wednesday emergence meeting, 8am, Park Science Building, room 230. Coffee, muffins, and scones served.

Brooks says:

This paper, "General systems theory: The skeleton of science", was written by Kenneth Boulding in 1956. It is introduced as a "sort of manifesto for the systems movement" which is, so far as I can gather, one intellectual antecedent to our current use of the concept of emergence. I'm presenting it for two reasons. First, I would like the emergence group to explore the intellectual history surrounding the concept of emergence. Second, Boulding's tradition in my opinion represents a very "strong" emergence look at things so it continues the controversy we've been developing.

I think it's an easy and entertaining read so I hope everyone enjoys it!

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From: "Douglas S. Blank"

Date: Wed, November 28, 2007 9:47 am

Today, Brooks presented Boulding's General Systems Theory and the Podcast and paper is available on-line:


We will continue this discussion next Wednesday.