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The World as a Formula: The Second Way of Knowing

MITROFF IAN I. and LINSTONE HAROLD A.

in The Unbounded Mind

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780195102888
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854943 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102888.003.0003
The World as a Formula: The Second Way of Knowing

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This chapter discusses Analysis or mathematical model building as one of the other important and traditional ways of knowing. If the human organism were a simple machine, then the experience of any sensation might indeed be nothing more than a direct physical response uninfluenced by the social context or one's personal history. But since humans are not machines, they do not react to or experience sensations in the ways philosophers have traditionally hypothesized. In this chapter, the Analytic-Deductive IS is critically evaluated. Just like the Inductive-Consensual IS, it is also shaped by a common underlying image: the World as a Machine. Before discussing the description of its characteristics, the authors first provide an example that showcases an Analytic-Deductive IS's use and meaning in a social realm.

Keywords: knowing; Analytic-Deductive IS; Inductive-Consensual IS; mathematical model; analysis; humans; social realm

Chapter.  5705 words. 

Subjects: Innovation

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