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Transdisciplinarity 2-physical-basis

Jul 15, 2015

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  • (2) The Physical Basis of Discipline-Independent-TransdisciplinarityPatterns-of-Organization of Material Structure and Process

    Vincent VesterbyConference theme: Concepts and Methods

  • From Elementary Particles to Patterns-of-Organization ...1Everything that we experience of the material-universe is foundationally composed of elementary particles organized into diverse patterns-of-organization of material structure and process.

    The difference between any object, situation, or system and any other object, situation, or system is how many of each kind of elementary particle they are each made of, and the specific patterns-of-organization of those particles.*Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

  • From Elementary Particles to Patterns-of-Organization ...2Since there are only a relatively few different kinds of elementary particles, and there is a seemingly limitless number of patterns-of-organization of those particles, it is pattern-of-organization that is of greatest significance in the difference of one thing from any other thing.

    It is also pattern-of-organization that is of greatest significance in the similarities between one thing and another thing.

    These patterns-of-organization constitute the primary physical basis of discipline-independent-transdisciplinarity.*Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

  • The Role of Elementary ParticlesThere are throughout the universe vast numbers of each different type of elementary particle.

    Each individual particle is essentially identical to all other instances of that type of particle.

    The consequence is that each instance of a particular type of particle plays essentially the same role in the situation in which it exists as do all other instances of that type of particle in the situations in which they exist.*Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

  • The Role of Pattern-of-OrganizationJust as there are many instances of each kind of particle, there are many instances of each kind of pattern-of-organization.

    Each individual instance of a pattern-of-organization is essentially identical to all other instances of that type of pattern in those qualities that give all instances their intrinsic-identities as that type of pattern-of-organization.

    The consequence is that each instance of a particular type of pattern-of-organization plays essentially the same role in the situation in which it exists as do all other instances of that type of pattern-of-organization in the situations in which they exist.*Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

  • Why do patterns-of-organization permeate the subject matters of all the disciplines?Because patterns-of-organization of material structure and process constitute the objects, situations, and systems in which they occur.

    All existing patterns-of-organization constitute the:origins,intrinsic-identity,organization of structure and process, andinterrelations of all objects, situations, and systems: atoms, molecules, organisms, social systems, ecosystems, geology, solar systems, galaxies, and galactic clusters.*Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

  • Factors and SituationsA factor is something that exists and plays a role in the origin, structure, or processes of the situation or system in which it exists.

    A situation is a combination of interrelated factors.

    A pattern-of-organization that exists in a situation, and plays a role there, is a factor of that situation.*Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

  • Universal-Factors as Bases of Transdisciplinarity ...1Some factors are omnipresent throughout the universe, playing roles in the origins, ontology, structure, and processes of everything that exists.

    Universal-factors provide the context in which all other factors occur and play their roles. The nature and roles of lesser factors conform to the nature and roles of the universal-factors.

    *Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

  • Universal-Factors as Bases of Transdisciplinarity ...2Some examples of universal-factors:

    SpaceTimeDevelopmentStructural-logicEmergenceIsomorphy*Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

  • Universal-Factors as Bases of Transdisciplinarity ...3Space provides an existential-context, a place-to-be, for everything else that exists.

    Time provides a temporal existential-context, a temporal place-to-be, for all forms of change.

    Developmenteverything that exists takes part in one way or another in a universally omnipresent transition, a sequential-difference from one time, place, part, pattern, level, condition, or situation to another.Sequential-difference occurs as the difference from part to adjacent partfrom place to adjacent place, from time to adjacent time, from component, situation, condition, state, or stage to adjacent component, situation, condition, state, or stage.*Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

  • Universal-Factors as Bases of Transdisciplinarity ...4Structural-logic is the intrinsic logic of reality, the manner in which the intrinsic qualities of something that exists determine the types of relations that something can have with other things that exist.Structural-logic determines the sequential-difference of all forms of development.Structural-logic determines the roles patterns-of-organization play in the situations in which they exist.The Origin and Foundational Development of Structural Logic Vesterby, V. (2008) 14th Annual Australia and New Zealand Systems (ANZSYS) Conference, Perth, Australia.

    Emergence is a process-pattern-of-organization that brings into existence new pattern-of-material-organization as a consequence of motion.Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis*

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

  • Universal-Factors as Bases of Transdisciplinarity ...5Isomorphy occurs when essentially identical or significantly similar patterns-of-organization occur in two or more different situations.Isomorphies are ubiquitous throughout the universethroughout structure and process, throughout space and time.Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis*

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

  • Qualities of Material-Hierarchy as Bases of Transdisciplinarity ...1 The listatoms, molecules, organisms, social systems, ecosystems, geology, solar systems, galaxies, and galactic clustersrepresents the hierarchic-organization of material-reality.

    Several qualities of this hierarchic-organization provide additional physical foundations for discipline-independent-transdisciplinarity.Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis*

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

  • Qualities of Material-Hierarchy as Bases of Transdisciplinarity ...2 Within this hierarchy there are many levels-of-organizationthe levels of atoms, molecules, cells, organisms, social systems, ecosystems, planets, stars, and so on.

    Each level occurs as a type of pattern-of-organizationthe crystal pattern-of-organization, the social system pattern, the solar system pattern.

    This hierarchic-pattern-of-organization of material-reality is a consequence of the process of emergence.Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis*

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

  • Qualities of Material-Hierarchy as Bases of Transdisciplinarity ...3Each higher level is emergent from processes of combining components from lower-levels.Elementary particles combine to form the emergent hierarchic-pattern-of-organization of atoms.Atoms combine to form the emergent hierarchic-pattern-of-organization of molecules.Molecules combine to form the emergent hierarchic-pattern-of-organization of crystals and a host of different materials.Objects, groups of objects, and systems combine, and combine again and again, to form the hierarchic-organization of all the rest of material-reality.Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis*

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

  • Physical Bases of Larger Scale Patterns-of-Organization ...1Larger scale patterns-of-organization extend through two or more stages of development or levels of organization, either horizontally through a level or vertically up the hierarchy of material-reality.

    Larger scale patterns:The hierarchy of material-reality.Emergence of levels of material-reality.Deep-structure.Developmental-orientation.Factor-development from level to level.Intrinsic-identity of developed factors.Qualities of components determine qualities of the whole.What goes before determines what follows.Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis*

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis

  • Physical Bases of Larger Scale Patterns-of-Organization ...2Deep-structure.

    Deep-structure occurs as the underlying patterns-of-organization of structure and process of lower levels that result in the existence and organization of structure and process of upper levels.

    With material-reality, deep-structure extends from the level of elementary particles to the level developmentally just below the top level of an object, system, or situation.Vincent VesterbyTransdisciplinarity from Physical Basis*

    Transdisciplinarity from Physical Basis