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Organized Wholes

  • George E. Mobus
  • Michael C. Kalton
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Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Abstract

We start with an overview of the main attributes of systems in general. These common attributes are found in all systems. They can be examined in the abstract as concepts or concretely in actual example systems. The overall concept of a system begins with the concept of an organized whole entity that has connections to other such entities as well as exists in an environmental milieu. We have shamelessly invented the word “systemness” to encompass these general attributes. Our first Quant Box provides a starting place for a formal definition of systemness, which will apply as we construct models of systems for formal analysis. But the rest of the chapter provides descriptions that expand on that formality in terms easy to understand without the math. The first Think Box introduces a theme that will run through the rest of the chapters—that of how the brain is a wonderful model of a complex adaptive system and how the principles and subjects of the chapters apply to understanding this remarkable system.

Keywords

Coupling Strength Large System System Science Electromagnetic Force Complex Adaptive System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George E. Mobus
    • 1
  • Michael C. Kalton
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty in Computer Science & Systems, Computer Engineering & Systems Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Washington TacomaTacomaUSA
  2. 2.Faculty in Interdisciplinary Arts & SciencesUniversity of Washington TacomaTacomaUSA

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