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The Meaning of General System Theory
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activity allometric animal appears applied approach aspects atoms basic Bertalanffy biological biology catabolism causality cell characteristics chemical classical classical physics closed systems complex components consideration considered contrast cultural cybernetics defined depends determined differential dynamic elements emphasized energy entities entropy equations equifinality equilibrium essentially Euclidean space evolution example experience expressed fact factors feedback fields formulation functions game theory growth homeostasis homeostatic Hopi important increase individual Indo-European language information theory interaction isomorphic language laws linguistic living organism logical Ludwig von Bertalanffy machine mathematical means mechanisms mechanistic mental metabolic rate modern nature nervous system open systems organismic perception phenomena philosophy physics physiological present principle problems processes psychology psychophysical reaction reality regulations relations schizophrenia scientific sense servomechanisms similar so-called social space specific steady stimuli structure symbolic system theory teleology theoretical theory of open thermodynamics tion Uexküll's universe vitalistic whole Whorf world picture