Relational Science and Holistic Analysis
Our goal for this Relational Science site is to build a basic synthesis of relational complexity on the foundations developed by Robert Rosen. Rosen himself did not attempt a comprehensive synthesis of relational complexity as a general theory of nature (or world view); his interest was in its derivation and application to living systems, to help him answer his central question: “What is Life?”
A recent synthesis of Rosen’s theoretical tracks has been accomplished, however, called R-theory [papers]. The theory is being applied in many fields and can also form the basis of a new complex semantic information system. The core of this theory is the relational ‘holon’, using the term originally coined by Aurthur Koestler to describe a unit of nature that is both whole and part at the same time. We now have a mathematical description for that, and it corresponds with both modern science and the most ancient philosophy on Earth.
The relational holon is Rosen’s modeling relation applied generally. It provides a causal theory of nature that does not exclude novel behaviors associated with complex and living systems. Mechanisms are only part of the holon, but are not contradicted. Because of its generality and parsimony, R-theory may provide insights into many fields including systems engineering, space-time physics, evolution, ecology, sociology, and mind-body relations.
A major area of current development is in Ecology, where its principles are most evident and most in need of being applied in practical management situations at all levels. R-theory can provide a rigorous foundation for principles of ecological literacy to help improve our collective understanding and co-existence with nature.
Annual Meetings of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS)
The next meeting of the ISSS is:
ISSS 2013: Hai Phong City, Viet Nam, July 14-19, 2013
Curating the Conditions for a Thrivable Planet: Systemic Leverage Points for Emerging a Global Eco-Civilization
ISSS Relational Science Special Integration Group (RS-SIG)
This Website serves as a pre-conference collaboration site for the RS-SIG, which has paper streams and organizational meetings every year at the annual conference. We hope those interested in interacting on this site will also become ISSS and SIG members and submit conference papers to the ISSS. In addition, papers can be contributed to Systems Research and Behavioral Science (SRBS), which is the ISSS official Journal. Announcements will be made on this site about special pre-conference or other workshops, and invited papers for each year’s ISSS theme.