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Author Winiwarter, Peter
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Hierarchical Self-image Building System Autognosis ♦ Theory Hierarchical Self-image Building System ♦ Global Phenomenon ♦ Formal System ♦ Hierarchical Level ♦ Organizational Category ♦ Major Work ♦ Organizational Isomorphism ♦ Self-referential Recursion ♦ Local Phenomenon ♦ Local Bottom-up Integration ♦ Global Top-down Differentiation ♦ Common Feature ♦ Natural Phenomenon ♦ Contained Local Phenomenon ♦ Global Image ♦ Special Case ♦ Autognostic Process ♦ Self-referential Recursive Question Distinguishes System ♦ Epistemological Puzzle ♦ Global Nested Hierarchy ♦ Conceptual Framework ♦ Proto-world Hypothesis ♦ Local Phenomenon Map ♦ Local Image ♦ Ultimate Principle ♦ Hierarchical Self-image ♦ Hierarchical Self-image Building System ♦ General System Theory ♦ Global Field ♦ Metaphysical Paradigm ♦ Classical Scientific Approach ♦ Natural Self-organizing System
Abstract What is the metaphysical paradigm of General Systems Theory? Analyzing the major works in GST we find that a common feature is the type of questions asked. Applying concepts to themselves, or asking self-referential recursive questions distinguishes systems thinking from the classical scientific Approach. Based on the concept of self-referential recursion we propose a proto-world hypothesis serving as conceptual framework for the construction of "reality". This ultimate principle is metaphysical, in the sense that it can't be verified nor falsified. Any "reality " is an autognostic process which can be described as a hierarchical self-image building system consisting in the co-evolution of local and global nested hierarchies: On each hierarchical level the local phenomena map or compute (put together) local "images" of the global phenomena in which they take place. Global phenomena on the other hand map the ensemble of local phenomena into a global "field"- or global "image", which differentiates itself under the influence of the contained local phenomena. The organizational categories of the local bottom-up integration and the global top-down differentiation are isomorph on each hierarchical level. Language and formal systems are special cases of hierarchical self-image building systems based on the same organizational categories as all other natural self-organizing systems. This organizational isomorphism explains the epistemological puzzle, why we can describe natural phenomena in terms of language and formal systems. 1.
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