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General Systems Toolkit

by Russell A. Dewey, PhD
Table of Contents


The Beginnings of General System Theory

Different Approaches to General System Theory

What is a General System Principle

Important Characteristics of Systems

Defining a System

Hierarchical Structure: The Architecture of Complexity



Efficiency of Modular Construction

Top Down vs Bottom-Up Processing


Open Systems


Negative Feedback

Positive Feedback

Rhythmic Behavior in Systems

Rhythmic Behavior in Systems


Amplification and Damping

Growth Processes

Growth Phenomena

Linear vs. Exponential Growth

Saltatory Processes

Creativity: Variation with Selective Retention


Truth and Non-trivial Prediction

Triangulation and Convergence

Tautology: Not Always Bad

The Future of General Systems


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21 Principles in this Toolkit

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