General Systems Theory Underlies Postformal Thought
The second newer model or set of theories that underlies my Theory of Postformal Thought is general systems theory—or, as we can affectionately call it, GST. Developed hand in hand with the new physics and biology, GST is useful for students of adult development and especially adult cognitive development. It offers ways to think about complex system interactions—interactions not only among supposedly inert physical systems (the focus of physics) but also among living systems. Thus, we are about to journey a step further in complexity than we did in the previous chapter. One additional step further in complexity will be made in Chapter 7, when we explore chaos and self-organizing systems.
KeywordsStorage System Adult Development General System Theory Essential Purpose Postformal Thought
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