Special Issue "Second Generation General System Theory: Perspectives in Philosophy and Approaches in Complex Systems"
A special issue of Systems (ISSN 2079-8954).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2016)
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Dr. Gianfranco Minati
Italian Systems Society (AIRS) President and Doctoral Lecturer on Systems Science, Department Building Environment Sciences and Technology, Polytechnic University of Milan, Via Pellegrino Rossi, 42 20161 Milan, Italy
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Interests: theoretical issues on systems science, such as logical openness; collective behavior; emergence; dynamic usage of models; meta-structures; multiple-systems; architecture and design as the design of meta-structures to influence emergence in social systems; managerial culture consistent with the science of complexity
Prof. Dr. Eliano Pessa
Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, University of Pavia, Piazza Botta, 11, 27100 Pavia, Italy
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Interests: neural networks; artificial intelligence; quantum field theory; general relativity; quantum computation; general systems theory; mathematical modeling of self-organizing systems; computational neuroscience; quantum models of memory; human long-term memory; human visual perception; games theory and economic behavior
Dr. Ignazio Licata
1. ISEM Institute for Scientific Methodology, Via Ugo La Malfa, 153, 90146 Palermo, Italy
2. School of Advanced International Studies on Applied Theoretical and Non Linear Methodologies of Physics, 70121 Bari, Italy
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Interests: foundation of quantum theories; quantum cosmology; de sitter holographic models; dissipative quantum field theories; physics of emergence and organization; fisher information; sub and super turing computation models
After the classical work of Norbert Wiener, Ross Ashby, Ludwig von Bertalanffy and many others, the concept of System has been elaborated in different disciplinary fields, allowing interdisciplinary approaches like in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Economics, Education, Engineering, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy, and Simulation Science.
The new challenge of Complexity and Emergence has made it even more relevant to the study of systemic aspects with high contextuality.
This conceptual shift on System concepts runs through the entire area of natural philosophy and epistemology, and requests the questioning of old and new science words in a new conceptual archipelago.
In his essay "American Lessons" (1985) the Italian writer Italo Calvino proposed six key words for the new millennium:
- Consistency/ coherence
We think that these words, with other that the contributors will suggest, can be the basis of a possible dictionary of complexity sciences.
This special issue will focus on the nature of new problems, their eventually common aspects, properties and approaches partially already considered by different disciplines, and on new possibly unitary theoretical frameworks. In particular, this issue is devoted also to the philosophical and structural aspects of the complexity and emergence theories.
Examples of topics are: Artificial Intelligence and Simulation; Catastrophe theory; Causality and Chance in Modern Science; Chaos Theory; Cognitive Sciences; Control theory; Cybernetics; Decision theories; Dissipative Structures; Games Theory; Laws and Boundary Conditions in Complex Systems; Network Science; Probability Theories; Quantum-Like Systems; Sub- and Hyper-Computation Theories; Systems Biology.
Contributors are invited to present cases, proposals, approaches, models and theoretical frameworks to deal with such topics, for academic and disciplinary applications.
Prof. Gianfranco Minati
Prof. Eliano Pessa
Prof. Dr. Ignazio Licata
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