emergent systems, coupled interiors and exteriors, organizational stages, germination, individuation, inflection, coordination, release, engagement, steering, concepts, blinders, information, holistic senses



Great societies and their cultures grow from small beginnings, some becoming imperiled by challenges of their own making, as ours has with our ever-growing power causing conflicts both with ourselves and nature. It is now becoming possible to compare the functional designs of different kinds of growth systems in their natural contexts, using new methods of natural systems science. We start with easily recognized functional features of natural systems found in natural and human system designs. Some notably end up in trouble. Others reliably work out just fine. It exposes important functional differences as in how internal and external parts fit together. Better steering to focus more attention on the system contexts, inside and out, is often suggested. –– Learning to recognize natural systems starts with seeing how they begin, with a primed nucleus, seed, or germ of design in a nourishing place and compound growth. The result may be a snowflake, tree, person, business, organization, culture, etc., all needing to maintain their healthy coupling with their environment(s) as each evolves for a short or long time. –– For people, there is a second nested coupling of relationships of concern, our separate mental and physical worlds. We have a long historical experience of our minds making us feel out of place in the world, not at home, as if reality were somewhat conceptual. So, this is the “kit of parts” we use to understand our world today, looking for what we can know about systems we rely on and do not control, asking what kind of steering might address present problems and issues. Simple diagrams help prompt good leading questions about how to make a future and feel at home.

Author Biography

Jessie Lydia Henshaw, HDS natural systems design science

Jessie’s work is published in research papers, her RNS journal of research reports, and her archive of experiments. She was born in 1946, growing up in Hamilton NY, and now lives in New York City.   She received a 1968 B.S. in physics from St. Lawrence University, followed by some postgraduate study in mathematics at Stony Brook and Columbia, and then a 1974 MFA from the Univ. of Pennsylvania in architecture, landscape, and micro-climate design. Her many years of independent research then began when moving to Denver and making her first important findings studying the natural micro-climates of homes. She has since continued to accumulate a body of useful new work.  

Publication: https://www.synapse9.com/jlhpub.htm    BioBlurb: https://synapse9.com/jlh-blurb.htm 





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