January 9 (the second Monday of the month) is the 106th meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration is at https://root-metaphors.eventbrite.ca .

Root Metaphors and World Hypotheses

The Socio-Ecological Systems Perspective from the Tavistock Institute (and not necessary the Social-Ecological Systems perspective of the Resilience Alliance) has a foundation in Contextualism, originating from Stephen C. Pepper with World Hypotheses: A Study in Evidence (1942).

A Root Metaphor is induced from a World Hypothesis.  Coming from a theory of knowledge based in doubt, a World Hypothesis might approach a World Theory (e.g. a theory of everything), but a philosophical inquiry focused on evidence invokes a more critical eye.

Towards an appreciation of this body of work, David Ing has produced a federated wiki site at http://wh.daviding.wiki.openlearning.cc/view/welcome-visitors/view/world-hypotheses

The January 9 session will see David Ing roaming over the wiki site, with Zaid Khan serving as an inquiring critic to improve understandability.  Dan Eng will moderate questions and comments from the audience.


Suggested pre-reading: 

"Causal texture, contextualism, contextural" | David Ing | 2020 at https://coevolving.com/blogs/index.php/archive/causal-texture-contextural-contextualism/ .

"World Hypotheses" on the Open Learning Commons federated wiki at https://wh.daviding.wiki.openlearning.cc/view/welcome-visitors/view/world-hypotheses .


Post-meeting artifacts

Bloggers are encouraged to write about their learning and experiences at the meeting. Links will be added to this page.