Nonclassical Systemics of Quasicoherence: From Formal Properties to Representations of Generative Mechanisms. A Conceptual Introduction to a Paradigm-Shift

Gianfranco Minati
2019 Systems  
In this article, we consider how formal models and properties of emergence, e.g., long-range correlations, power laws, and self-similarity are usually platonically considered to represent the essence of the phenomenon, more specifically, their acquired properties, e.g., coherence, and not their generative mechanisms. Properties are assumed to explain, rather than represent, real processes of emergence. Conversely, real phenomenological processes are intended to be approximations or
more » ... of their essence. By contrast, here, we consider the essence as a simplification of the phenomenological complexity. It is assumed to be acceptable that such simplification neglects several aspects (e.g., incompleteness, inhomogeneities, instabilities, irregularities, and variations) of real phenomena in return for analytical tractability. Within this context, such a trade-off is a kind of reductionism when dealing with complex phenomena. Methodologically, we propose a paradigmatic change for systems science equivalent to the one that occurred in Physics from object to field, namely, a change from interactional entities to domains intended as extensions of fields, or multiple fields, as it were. The reason to introduce such a paradigm shift is to make nonidealist approaches suitable for dealing with more realistic quasicoherence, when the coherence does not consistently apply to all the composing entities, but rather, different forms of coherence apply. As a typical general interdisciplinary case, we focus on so-called collective behaviors. The goal of this paper is to introduce the concepts of domain and selection mechanisms which are suitable to represent the generative mechanisms of quasicoherence of collective behavior. Domains are established by self-tracking entities such as financial or are effectively GPS-detectable. Such domains allow the profiling of collective behavior. Selection mechanisms are based on learning techniques or cognitive approaches for social systems.
doi:10.3390/systems7040051 fatcat:lbsrd7qjkvfhhkpc57xgedimby