SP3T Rationale – Overview

What does this theory of systems do that others do not do? If one compares the more than 50 extant attempts at systems theory or general theories of systems, one sees that:

  1. SP3TĀ focuses on isomorphies, and mostly isomorphies (the original insight of founders of general theories of systems) to the extent of proposing 110 candidate isomorphies or patterns; much more than any other competing theory.
  2. It presents as many as possible of the isomorphies as systems processes so that they can be more efficiently and deeply investigated.
  3. It requires that the isomorphies be proven by experimental evidence across most, if not all, manifest natural and human systems leading to a greater claim to be a true “science” of systems, not just anthropomorphic meditations on systems thinking.
  4. It collects considerable verified information on each systems process from the natural science as well as human science literature.
  5. *Foremost, it states in very specific terms how one systems process influences another to explain in detail how many system work sustainably. This interconnection of systems processes is arguably the most extensive explanation of how systems work.
  6. By explaining how systems work it enables us to see how and why systems don’t work – systems pathology, the creation of a new field of study.
  7. It provides a very detailed curriculum for the learning of how systems work that could be used to teach incoming systems scientists, systems engineers, sustainability experts, futurists, and modelers and simulators of many natural and human systems.
  8. It expands on each isomorphy by cataloguing in print and massive online databases at least 30 categories of knowledge for EACH isomorphy (described in #1) leading to much more detail on “how systems work” and “how systems don’t work” than other theories. The birth of another new field, “SysInformatics.”
  9. It adds key discriminations that are conflated in current literature, and neo-logisms for concepts yet unrecognized in human discourse, such as, discinyms, counterparity, concrescence, unbroken sequences of origins,

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