Klir: An Approach to General Systems Theory 01
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Tuesday, 11 July 2006

An Approach to General Systems Theory

Pages 36 and 37.

"When investigating nature, we confine our examination to some part that interests us at a given time. This segment of nature we call object, the entire remaining part of nature being termed environment. (...) Let us note that the boundaries between an object and its environment cannot be stated quite perfectly. There is always some uncertainty in any classification of the nature to an object and its environment. Our facilities do not permit us to study objects in all their complexity. On the chosen object, we therefore observe or measure appearances of certain attributes or, in other words, we observe or measure values (not necessarily magnitudes) of certain quantities. The choice depends on what we consider to be of interest on the given object, or what we regard as important to the given purpose.&quot

George J. Klir. An Approach to General Systems Theory. Van Nostrand Reinhold. 1969.

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