## Tools Of ThoughtDrawing on general systems theory, operations research, cybernetics, futures research, and catastrophe theory, a distinguished geneticist provides the general reader with tools for perceiving and solving today's complex economic, social, and ecological pr |

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In the first place, the system may be one which really holds constant some

particular

There are many

similar ...

In the first place, the system may be one which really holds constant some

particular

**component**, as a thermostat holds constant the temperature of a room.There are many

**components**in an animal's body which are held constant in asimilar ...

Page 103

If, for instance, we have a system with five

know the values of the measurements of these

strength of the interaction between each

those ...

If, for instance, we have a system with five

**components**, a, b, c, d and e, and if weknow the values of the measurements of these

**components**, and also thestrength of the interaction between each

**component**and all the others, and howthose ...

Page 104

Given a long enough time after the change in the system, transient changes will

be smoothed out into some new, perhaps only slightly altered, pattern of

relationships between the values of the

dealing with ...

Given a long enough time after the change in the system, transient changes will

be smoothed out into some new, perhaps only slightly altered, pattern of

relationships between the values of the

**components**. However, when we aredealing with ...

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