April 18 is the 56th monthly meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration is on Eventbrite.
Relational Biology, Relational Science
What is life, and living? This session will emphasize a discussion-oriented style, to give participants the opportunity to puzzle through the intricacies of relational science, which is a systems sciences foundation to much of today's research into ecological systems (e.g. panarchy, supply-side sustainability).
The session will be led by David Mallery, who has been applying these foundations in his graduate students in social metabolism at York University. After David has given a brief introduction, a commenter (TBD) will begin a cycle of collective sensemaking with the group working through cycles of interpreting, questioning and clarifying.
This research was amplified by Robert Rosen, and published in books such as Anticipatory Systems: Philosophical, Mathematical and Methodological Foundations (1985/2012) and Life Itself: A Comprehensive Inquiry into the Nature, Origin, and Fabrication of Life (1991).
In recent years, Rosen's theories have continued to develop through the work of John J. Kineman, as R-theory. In May 2016, Systems Thinking Ontario was fortunate to have Judith Rosen come from Rochester, NY, to join in the discussion. (We should sharpen our knowledge set, for a return visit on a future date!)
This discussion of the history of ideas towards relational science and R-theory will orient Systems Thinking Ontario enthusiasts towards questions where a large body of deep thinking has evolved slowly.
A gentler introduction to the thinking of Robert Rosen has been written by one of his students, who continues to push the work forward.
- A. H. Louie, (2010) | "Robert Rosen's anticipatory systems" | Foresight 12(3), 18-29 | https://doi.org/10.1108/14636681011049848 , available as a PDF from ahlouie.com.
Closer to the leading edge of knowledge is a more challenging work published by a recent president of the ISSS.
- John J. Kinemen (2011) | Relational Science: A Synthesis | Axiomathes 21(3):393-437 | http://doi.org/10.1007/s10516-011-9154-z, available from ResearchGate.
Bloggers are encouraged to write about their learning and experiences at the meeting. Links will be added to this page.