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Polarity: organization-chaos


Distinguishing Emergent Conceptual Polarities: experimental ordering of a collection of research papers (Part #4)


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Organization (systems, order) -- Chaos (complexity, asystemic)

Organization: Matching the concerns with unity/synthesis and agreement, has been a concern with articulation of frameworks through which action may be conceived or undertaken, whether conventional (1995), alternative (1974, 1979, 1994), community-based (1998, 1998, 2003), or conceptual (1983, 1994, 1996, 2001), notably in non-western cultures (1984) -- and the challenges of their design (1978).

The concern with variety has been matched by a corresponding interest in typology (**) classification (see Functional Classification in an Integrative Matrix of Human Preoccupations, 1982) and knowledge organization.(**). A particular interest has been the possibilities beyond networks (1973, 1977, 1979), and networking alternation (1983), of tensegrity ("tensional integrity") structures (1978, 1979, 1984).
Chaos: The concern with diversity and disagreement (above) has been matched with a concern with complexity (1977*) , its comprehension (1991, 1994) and its navigation (see Envisaging the Art of Navigating Conceptual Complexity: in search of software combining artistic and conceptual insights, 1995). This has been seen as contrasting with the dangerous ease of thinking and acting in terms of more simplistic understandings of organization.

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