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Re: Beer's Viable Systems Model

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Carlos Pires <[log in to unmask]>

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PhD-Design - This list is for discussion of PhD studies and related research in Design <[log in to unmask]>

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On 07/02/2015, at 15:17, Terence Love wrote:

> One source of confusion in your reading of these posts on using VSM is perhaps because  I'm using the original and general meaning of the terms 'organisation' and 'organisations'  as they emerged in biology (and the way they are used in systems theory). This is a superset of the more limited way they are used by management theorists to refer only to businesses  and the like.


Dear Terry,

You started this thread by summoning a business administration theory based on cybernetics, which in turn is bionic, but then you make a U-turn and claim to be talking about biological organisms (?!). And your reply is actually kind of childish, because nobody in this whole world will claim that the "general meaning" of the term "organisation" is biological. Or will you try to convince me that you go to the doctor and say "I'm having trouble with my digestive organisation"?

It would be advisable if you "eat your own dog food" and stick to writing messages that have epistemological validity (http://www.love.com.au/index.php/19-epistemological-validity).

Furthermore, if more than one person don't seem to understand what you are trying to say, that might be a hint that you are not designing your communication in a way that is fit for your target audience. There is no "confusion in our reading" of these posts. I think the only source of confusion in this thread has been your lack of focus and your failure to substantiate your previous claims, besides the obvious fact that this whole affair is irrelevant.
Are you saying designers can learn a lot from VSM?
True, but then again designers can learn a lot from:
-Hydroponics
-Tectonic shifts
-Martial arts
-Curling finals in Winter Olympics
-Sushi
-Train-spotting
-Kama Sutra
-Bumblebees
-My Fair Lady
-The mating habits of the potato parasite
-Etc.

I am sorry if it sounds like I'm getting too grumpy, but this kind of rethotical footwork you are displaying just gets on my nerves. You can't simply jump from one magnification level to another.
And you can't possibly be talking about everything at the same time.
That would be what I call "The BS Atlas" argument, which is the argument that "everything is related to everything", and in this case, when it suits your argument, you stand on one level, and then, if it suits you, you jump to another.

Would you kindly tell us once and for all what the heck are you talking about?
You seem to be willing to just fling concepts up in the air, like one of those machines that shoots plates for target practice. I'm sorry if I just keep shooting, but I just can't help myself.


Best regards,

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