Ahead of Change: How Crowd Psychology and Cybernetics by Constantin Malik

By Constantin Malik

Wars, revolutions, and monetary failures do not need to ensue. there are methods to remodel governmental rules which will keep away from such catastrophes. what's needed—argues administration professional Constantin Malik—is to expect swap and to organize for it. With this hugely instructive and provocative ebook, Malik brings administration idea to govt, suggesting a chain of recent equipment and tools for profitable governance, methods according to the most recent examine within the fields of crowd psychology and administration cybernetics.

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51 What remains for us to look at now are three principles that are fundamental to the model and its understanding. 2 Principles The three fundamental principles that underlie the Viable System Model have already briefly been mentioned in connection with the characteristics of System 1. We shall discuss them now in greater detail, as a more profound understanding of the model is not possible without any knowledge of these principles. The Principle of Recursion It was said that System 1 is itself a Viable System.

It is common doctrine that the achievements of civilization be it arts, the economy, our legal system or political institutions have been designed deliberately by man for man. In our current view there is still only very little room for accident and coincidence or for the concept of the evolution of social systems. The origins of this notion which, following Friedrich von Hayek, I shall call constructivistic rationalism65, can be traced to the great French thinker René Descartes. 66 Subsequently, Descartes’ followers applied his idea, which he himself had only used for philosophical considerations, to actions and, as a consequence, only such actions came to be accepted as rational that were based on demonstrable truth in the Cartesian sense.

It does not acknowledge the fact that these man-made, designed orders are only a part of reality. It is very likely that most of the achievements of human culture have never been deliberately and consciously designed. They have grown. 69 The constructivistic approach reflects man’s inclination to look at things anthropomorphically and interpreting his environment in this manner. Religion with its God figure and its concept of creation certainly plays a major part in this, too. It is therefore not surprising that the constructivistic followers fall victim to what has been called the synoptic delusion70 and suggest that behind cultural and social achievements there must be a mind – be it a divine being or merely man – to which they are due.

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