a system in the most general way as elements in standing interaction.
The ISSS Primer Group defined a system as a family of relationships
among the members acting as a whole. Bertalanffy called for new
modes of interaction. Talking in terms of interaction, or relationships,
is difficult because ti requires a new way of using the language.
In simple terms, it is like changing the language to reflect verbs
rather than nouns. A system is what a system is doing. Bertalanffy
called for a General System Theory which would identify those
basic general principles of systems. The principle of how things
Can you see the
This design illlustrates
how an system works. If you look at the figure above for a period
of time, eventually it will shift from parts to whole to parts.
This is a gestalt effect. (This design was an accident, but it
sure does work.) The central idea is that systemic relational
elements integrate as a whole, and a new focus is realized. This
is to be expected in any system. The downside of this is that
the ordinary way of looking at things merely adds stuff up. Addition
does not create something new. So the creation of something new
cannot be understood or explained with the old way of looking
at parts alone.