Janos Korn


A brief historical background suggests that although the 'systemic or structural' description of parts of the world appears to be universal, an acceptable general systems theory has not been put forward. A scheme for empirical research is described which can be used to evaluate to what extent constituents of 'human intellectual endeavour' including a GST, fits into such a scheme. Past suggestions for GST are compared with that currently under consideration. Basic notions of the proposed GST are outlined leading to a set of concepts for this GST which can then be used for operational descriptions of either quantitative or qualitative aspects of things. These aspects are embodied in mathematical or linguistic models having a common origin in 'processed natural language', the primary model. The generalised model of purposive system is considered as the basis of production and consumption of 'product' by living things. Connection between 'conventional' and 'systems' sciences is demonstrated pointing to their application in problem solving and design. Thus, an integrated scheme of analysis and synthesis together referred to as GST  dealing with scenarios labelled 'natural', 'technical', 'living' and 'social' systems has emerged. 


general systems theory, empirical research, linguistic modelling

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