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Conclusion: To See the World as an Interconnected Whole

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/9780195102888.003.0009
Conclusion: To See the World as an Interconnected Whole

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This chapter examines the fundamental role of ethics in the design of systems for the Information Age. The reality of Ideals is first discussed. Every philosophic system contains Ideals and unlike goals and objectives, they cannot be achieved within any finite time period. Its main purpose it to urge humankind on in quest of a better end state. The authors argue that the reformulation of Ideals not only is an expression and recognition of some of the extreme negative effects one is bequeathing to future generations, but also an attempt to pass on a more positive gift, the gift of hope, the reorientation of our civilization to a culture of respect for the environment, not one of blasphemous destruction. Four major threats are outlined as the reason for the need of reformulating Ideals. Subsequently, this chapter discusses the world as an interconnected whole.

Keywords: ethics; systems; Information Age; Ideals; humankind; world; interconnected whole

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Subjects: Innovation

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