The disciplines of classical science include:
Other disciplines have developed in the evolution of human understanding including but not limited to:
- Systems Theory
- Chaos Theory
- Cognitive Science
- Games Theory
- Social Sciences
- Artificial Intelligence
- Computer Science
The dynamics of the science and and theoretical understanding is augmented by our understanding of how these systems interact. That brings us to the first theory on the list: 'Systems Theory' and its associated 'System Dynamics'.
The tremendous growth of population and economy is increasingly encroaching upon resource and capacity. We created the OSS Foundation in order to begin to address the required synergies of understanding between such areas upon which human society is dependent for survival.
How these areas are inter-dynamic with human decision processes of governance, and resource management, determines to a great extent the near future of our capacity to sustain the standards of living our society has chosen to enjoy.
But the strain on resource availability and capacity is in conflict with sustainability of those choices. It is our goal to critically examine these areas of interaction and how such choices affect us as a whole.
These three areas of our human reality are connected, and will be further affected by our resource use, or abuse, of the items in the top list; energy, environment and economy. The synergies between these two sets of systems are important if we are to assure the healthiest outcome we can manage. This is determined by whether or not these systems are interacting in a healthy manner, or not.
It stands to reason that understanding these systems, in a synergistic way, will enhance our ability to achieve sustainable solutions to serve mankind in a complex world of interaction. Determining the relative health of each system interaction is key to this understanding.
"To be or not to be is not the question, it is the answer"
Fred Alan Wolf – 'Taking the Quantum Leap'
Quantum mechanics not withstanding, identifying the answer often leads to new questions of particular relevance. The circle between questions and answers is exactly that, a circle. One can start with either. It is the path of discovery that leads us to greater understanding.
One finds that knowing the right answers is not always as important as knowing the right questions.
It is often easier to answer the questions that address the obviousness of circumstance, than it is to formulate a prescient question based on the subtle inter-dynamics of influence in a given environment. Pre-science is our goal.