Learn More about Systems Science

I have made much mention of Systems Science in my recent articles. If you would like to learn more on this topic, then I recommend following Shingai Thornton’s blog at:

Shingai is a member of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) and will write about the topic on a weekly basis. Each article takes about 5 to 10 minutes to read.

Initially, they will focus on making some of the core concepts in George
Mobus’ Principles of Systems Science textbook easily accessible to a
broader audience who might not have time to read the book.

Shingai is an aspiring systems scientist looking for critical feedback on his writing, and collaborations around the application of systems science to issues in the social sciences. He is receiving advice from George and other members of the ISSS education committee and together they are also developing an online course based on the book.

2 replies on “Learn More about Systems Science”

hello John

thanks for letting me know about Shangal initiative

first, the term ‘science’ is ambiguous, do you mean in the sense of conventional science of physics which conforms to Popper’s falsifiability criterion or with the function of producing testable prediction, or do you mean any discipline of pseudo science like social science, management science etc, this is to what so called systems science belongs
second, this ‘systems explorer’ sounds to me like a missionary job, converting people to the faith….. amazing,
third, accordingly, george mobus’ use of the term systems science implies the pseudo science, i would like to look at the book, i have managed to look at the Introduction and found a number of what i would call ‘misconceptions’,
fourth, your doing these annoucements [if this is the appropriate term] is a good idea, brilliant, opportunity for discussions if anybody is willing to discuss anything

best janos korn


Hi Janos, The social sciences are constrained by ethical considerations. There is more on this in my article “Are the Social Sciences Scientific?” The article concludes with the following. “So, the paradigm for the physical sciences is very different to that for the social sciences. An analogy might be to regard the former as a criminal law case in which it is necessary to prove the defendant guilty. The latter can be regarded as a civil case, that is judged on the balance of evidence. This does, of course, mean that theories in the social sciences are less likely to be true than those in the physical sciences. Nevertheless, their pursuit is worthwhile because an understanding of human nature does, in general, and in the long term at least, appear to lead to an improvement in our circumstances.” with best wishes, John


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