Monthly Archives: May 2016

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This is a post from a South Korean blog that discusses systems theory. This post deals with stability, flexibility, and internal complexity with reference to South Korea. “우연으로만 굴러가는 세계는 너무도 제멋대로여서 어떤 새로운 것도 그 안에서 지속될 수 없을 것이다… … Continue reading

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Revolution?

One thing systems theory shows is that revolutions, at least not in the way they are envisioned by people who want quick, radical social change, are extremely improbable. Systems are too complex, and they co-evolve.  Systems, like the economy or … Continue reading

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Trump and the Denial of Complexity

Complexity is about structure, or connections that are operationally reproduced (sustained) in time. Systems connect elements to establish structures. At its core, the Donald Trump’s campaign and similar brands of reactionary, neo-nationalist politics around the world are all about the denial … Continue reading

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Necessity and Contingency

In the West, we tend to believe that things like democracy, civil rights, and free markets are natural and inevitable, as if this is the natural course of social evolution. But this kind of thinking is no different than Marxism … Continue reading

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It doesn’t matter if anyone else is listening

The only “purpose” autopoietic systems have is to reproduce themselves. For instance, the purpose of university administration is to reproduce university administration, that is, to reproduce university-administrative communication. The only purpose of an academic department is to reproduce that department, … Continue reading

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Only communication communicates

Society emerges out of communication; however, society is the communication, not the people who communicate. Furthermore, only communication communicates. Human beings do not and cannot communicate. On the other hand, society cannot control or steer a human being’s thoughts or perceptions. … Continue reading

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Luhmann and the Body

Francis Halsall published a very interesting article in May 2012 in The New Bioethics titled “Niklas Luhmann and the Body: Irritating Social Systems.” Halsall argues, In short, the body irritates social systems. In doing so it has the potential to disrupt … Continue reading

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