A New Kind of Social Science

Vladimir Dimitrov

University of Western Sydney
















Table of Contents

1 Complex Nature of Human Dynamics

1.1   Human Experiential Space

1.2 Three Types of Human Dynamics

            1.2.1 First Type: Ego-centred Dynamics
            1.2.2 Second Type: Dynamics of Delusion
            1.2.3 Third Type: Dynamics of Enlightenment

1.3 Capacity for Emergence and Change

1.4 Unpredictability

1.5 Complex Causality

1.6 Fractals and Wholeness

1.7 Criticality

1.8 Self-Organization and Vorticity

1.9 References

2 Complexity of Human Life

2.1 Integrated Ecological Space

2.2 Dynamical Autopoiesis

2.3 Six Principles of IES Complexity

2.4 Attractors of Life Dynamics

            2.4.1 Change of Attrator

           Jump to Another Attractor
           Exhaustion of AttractorÕs Dynamics
           Transcendence of AttractorÕs Dynamics

          2.4.2 Example

2.5 References

3 Law of Requisite Vorticity in Human Dynamics

3.1 Introduction

3.2 What is Vorticity?

3.3 Implosion versus Explosion

3.4 Existential Vorticity

3.5 Vorticity of Human Dynamics

3.6 Law of Requisite Vorticity

3.7 Vorticity Activators

3.8 References

4 Understanding Self-organization of Health Dynamics: Outline of Wholesome Ecology

4.1 Medical Model versus the Model of Wholesome Ecology

4.2 Human and Environmental Health: The Approach of Wholesome Ecology

            4.2.1 Sustaining the Self-Healing Potential
            4.2.2 Vortices of Health
            4.2.3 Bifurcations in Integrated Ecological Space
            4.2.4 Double Harmonious Resonance
            4.2.5 The Great Delusion
            4.2.6 Holistic Nature of Self-Healing

4.3 Vital Role of Nature

4.3.1 Rhythm and Self-organization in Nature
                4.3.2 'Rhythm' in Society against Nature's Health

4.4 Culture as a Key Factor in Wholesome Ecology

4.5 In Search of Universal Principle of Harmony in Nature and Society

            4.5.1 Harmony and Energy
            4.5.2 Actions of Society against Harmony

4.6 References

5 Strange Attractors of Meaning

5. 1 Introduction

5.2 Iconic and Symbolic Characteristics of SAM

5.3 Emergence of New Meanings

5.4 Instability and Fuzziness versus Stability andPrecision

5.5 Symmetry Breaking and ÔTrunsductionÕ

5.6 References

6 Swarm-like Dynamics in Organisations

6.1 Swarm of Human Thoughts and Feelings

6.2 Harmonious Resonance

6.3 Effects of External Perturbations

6.4 Awareness and Learning

6.5 Purpose as Strange Attractor of Agents' Dynamics

6.6 Harmonious Resonance Theorem

6.7 Incompatibility of Harmonious Resonance in Organisations with Profit-oriented Attractors

6.8 Conclusion: Rhythm in Organizations

6.9 References

7 Complex Dynamics of Human Identity

7.1 Social and Individual Dimensions of Human Identity

7.2 Two Paradoxes of Human Identity

          7.2.1 Uniqueness through Unity
          7.2.2 ÔNeither the Same nor DifferentÕ

7.3 Dynamics of Human Identity: A Social Perspective

          7.3.1 False Identities
          7.3.2 System of Control of Human Identities
          7.3.3 Forces of Separation
          7.3.4 Danger of Depleting Human Identity

           Dostoevsky's Prophesy Realized
           Identities without Voice

7.4 Dynamics Of Human Identity: A Holistic Perspective

          7.4.1 Enrichment of Identity and its Effect on Society
          7.4.2 Creating Individual Identity
          7.4.3 Way to Overcome Ego-limitations of Human Identity

7.5 Conclusion

7.6 References

8 Spiritual and Ethical Dimensions of Self-organization

8.1 Unity in Dynamics

8.2 Unity in Capacity for Self-Organization

8.3 Forces against Unity

8.4 Time, Rhythm and Self-organization

8.5 Ethics and Self-organization

8.6 References

9 Dynamics of Communication

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Flux of Uncertainty

9.3 Interaction in Synergy with Uncertainty: Outline of A New Kind of Methodology

9.4 Insights for Practical Application

9.5 References

10 Dynamics of Leadership

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Leaders and Crowd

          10.2.1 Oppressive Hierarchical Structure
          10.2.2 Puppet Leaders
          10.2.3 Enlightened Leaders
          10.2.4 The Crowd

10.3 Emergent Leaders

10.4 Experiencing Wholeness of Existential Dynamics

10.5 Sensing and Dealing with Emergent Phenomena

          10.5.1 Formation of Experiential Patterns
          10.5.2 Sensing Emergent Phenomena
          10.5.3 Dealing with Emergent Phenomena
          10.5.4 Synergy between Reason, Intuition and Will

10.6 Riding Self-Organisation

10.7 References

11 Dynamics of Narratives

11.1 Stories - Products of Mind

11.2 In Captivity of Narratives

11.3 Interactions of Narratives and Life

11.4 Journey Beyond Narratives

11.5 Stirring Resonant Vorticity

11.6 'Soul Narratives'

11.7 Towards Direct Life Experience

11.8 References

12 Magic of Creativity

12.1 Integrity and Centeredness

12.2 Learning and Creating: Knowledge versus Wisdom

12.3 Inspiration

12.4 Zen of Creativity

12.5 References

13 Dynamics of Learning: Approach of Fuzziology

13.1 Introduction to Ecology of Learning

13.2 Ecology of Learning and Fuzziology

          13.2.1 Bootstrapping Effect of Learning
          13.2.2 Paradox of Fuzziology Projected on Learning

13.3 Learning in Captivity of The System

          13.3.1 Learning to Solve Problems
          13.3.2 Metabolism of Expert Knowledge
          13.3.3 Learning to Strengthen The System
          13.3.4 Unwholesome Learning
          13.3.5 Learning Deprived of Wisdom

13.4 Learning that Never Ends

13.5 References

14 Time and Self0organization

14.1 Self-reflexivity of Time

          14.1.1 Arrow of Time
          14.1.2 Physical Time

14.2 Time in the Paradigm of Complexity

14.3 Psychology of Time

14.4. Autopoietic Time

14.5 References

15 Complexity Paradigm: Journey beyond System Thinking

15.1 System Thinking versus Complexity Thinking

          15.1.1 System Thinking: World Made of Systems and Parts
          15.1.2 System Thinking: Obsession with Achievements in Future
          15.1.3 Complexity Thinking: Centering into the Present

15.2 Danger of System Thinking when Applied for Managing Social Complexity

          15.2.1 Socially Dangerous Attributes of System Thinking
          15.2.2 System Thinking at Service to Orwellian Type of Social Order
          15.2.3 Phenomenal Brainwash

15.3 Complexity Thinking in Action: The Maieutic Inquiry

15.4 Conclusion

15.5 References

16 Conclusion


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