Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Complexity Theory Living Systems and Sustainable Development

  • Aaron W. KadochEmail author
  • Joy Kcenia O’NeilEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_248

Definition

The definition of Complexity Theory Living Systems and Sustainable Development is built on the confluence of ways of knowing, being and acting in the world an approach to solve fragmentation of problems. An evolutionary emergence of solutions for solving complex sustainability problems is build from matter, form and processes towards creating interconnections forming a whole living systems pattern.

Introduction

The world which brings consciousness into existence becomes the world of that consciousness. -Jean Paul Sartre (Friere 1970, p. 251)

What bonus or increment of knowing follows from combining information from two or more sources? (Bateson 1979, p. 67)

In order to present definitions or frameworks for understanding literature on epistemological (systems of knowing), ontological (ways of being), and onto-epistemological (quantum entangled) relationships between living systems and sustainable development, complexity theoriesprovide such methodologies as windows into...

Keywords

Complexity theory Entropy Thermodynamics Living systems theory evolution Cognition Educational theory Environments Communication Learning theory Sustainability Sustainable development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education, College of Professional StudiesThe University of Wisconsin Stevens PointStevens PointUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Joy Kcenia O'Neil
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  1. 1.University of Wisconsin Stevens PointStevens PointUSA