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5-54). We naturally expected that the organism-level systems would have higher
maximum output rates than the groups, and the groups than the organizations (
see page 192). This expectation was not supported by the results of our IOTA ...
level. Another basic notion of information science, coding, has led me to
distinguish alpha, beta, and gamma coding. ... Scholarly work at the organism
level of living systems has resulted in a huge research literature, good and bad.
At lower levels of living systems such humanitarianism rarely if ever biases
observations. Not so at the organism level. The investigations on the most
important topics are usually those most influenced by such motivations in the
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I purchased this book many years ago and found it very enlighting. The shredout concept was of particular interest to me in that it provided ways to look at various living systems from micro to macro. It has a lot of detail which I never was able to get around to studying, but appears to have influenced my thinking which was later documented in a series of blogs http://www.bcswonline.com/blog/index.html
I still have a copy and refer to it.
TABLE 11 The 19 Critical Subsystems of a Living System
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