General Theory: the Problems of Construction


  • Serge Patlavskiy


general theory, intellectual product, criteria of scientific correctness, meta-theoretical canon, non-statistical analysis, integrated information system, applied theory of consciousness.


The author holds that a scientific theory of consciousness can be constructed only within the conceptual framework of a suitable meta-theory. In the paper the key problems of constructing a General Theory (as a kind of meta-theory) are discussed. It is suggested that if we aim to explain Reality in all its complexity, the conceptual framework we construct should take into account three factors – informational, material, and energetic – simultaneously. It is shown how the intellectual products of the different levels, like a theory and meta-theory, relate to each other, and the ways in which they differ. Also, the basic elements of the process of cognition are defined, some fundamental laws and principles are formulated, a non-statistical method of study is presented, and a specific systemic modeling is exemplified. All this enables the author to propound an applied theory of consciousness, and articulate an idea of a new scientific discipline – Interdisciplinary Investigations. The author hopes that the paper will inspire a wide-ranging discussion among the theorists who work in the fields of consciousness studies, artificial intelligence, psychology, psychiatry, and among all those who would like to see a comprehensive paradigm be achieved in these fields in the future.

Author Biography

Serge Patlavskiy

founder and director of the Institute for Theoretical Problems of Interdisciplinary Investigations



How to Cite

Patlavskiy, S. (2013). General Theory: the Problems of Construction. Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2012, San Jose, CA, USA. Retrieved from



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