Luke Friendshuh and I have been skyping weekly on systems processes. We went through the list of 100 systems process and reduced the list to 55 processes. Some of what I had listed as processes were actually identifying features and characteristics of other processes. We decided to subsume specific versions of processes under others. For example, positive, negative, and coupled feedbacks are now under the process “feedback.” Here’s the Discussant SP List.
Following my religious orientation and naturally “detached” persona, I always expected to go to the seminary. My father would not let me until after high school, he said, to be sure I understood what I was giving up. I truly enjoyed high school, playing on the basketball team the first year, playing football on the junior varsity, writing the by-laws for the drama club, acting in several plays, being a student politician, etc. etc. But I still wanted to try the seminary and did after high school for 1.5 years. See the following memoir essay about those days
On leaving the seminary (there are personal memoir essays on this too), I had to choose the focus for the rest of my life’s work. I decided to become a medical doctor. Well I rapidly ran out of money for that and nearly flunked a course in Comparative Anatomy the first semester out of the seminary. So I gradually migrated to biology research from medicine with a prolonged flirtation with acting in college (more personal essays).
My logic in choosing biological science was influenced by my orientation
I first began working on systems in high school by organizing a small group of my classmates into the Research Society Systems (RSS) [in those days I was prematurely crazy about acronyms, neologisms, and outlines, and still confess I am]. RSS was to be a professional society for researching all types of systems for improving societal systems. As young as we were in 1959, we already foresaw the explosion of interest in recognizing the similarities between what would first appear to be entirely different complex systems.
I was very religious in those days, and also thought that the universals of natural systems were a type of modern wisdom that might be compared fruitfully with the ancient wisdom of old philosophies and religions. To this day I am enamored of this possibility.
Now I am working most on creating the many pages of specific topical areas of my Lifework so that I can attach half a century of products to them for your use. When this is completed, I hope to use these blog pages to report on the most current activities and discoveries in this domain.