Systematics Basics

Going beyond polarity

I feel that systematics has so much to offer as a systems discipline to all people. I would like to make it available as a useful self development tool to all people. The question is how do I make systematics available to other people without confusing people. Systematics is not a better view on the truth but should be seen as a complimentary approach to systems theory.

Systematics is a study of wholes not fragments

Most other systems use analysis and synthesis as method of understanding things. We break things into components to understand how they work and then try to put them back into a whole. For example if I study a house I will look at its roof, its windows and its floor etc. Each of these components has a function and role within the house. In systematics we focus on the whole we study the house without breaking it into parts. For example the house can be seen as a living place, property, an investment etc. Each is an observation of the house in totality but from a different perspective.

Part of living life fully for me is to recognise your own wholeness and development for me is to progress towards a greater sense of wholeness

Systematics includes the observer

Most other systems look at an item (the observed) as something that is out there to be studies that is independent from the observer. The state of the observer does not influence the topic being studied. Systematics claim that the observer is as important as the observed and that the one should not be separated from the other. The observer's mental framework through which observations takes place influence dramatically that which is being observed.

Systematics focus on understanding rather than knowledge

In most systems thins are observed from a factual perspective. For example we count the facts and the measurables and then classify that information to create knowledge about the observed. . In the house example we measure the height of the house and its width etc. We classify the houses in different styles and sizes. These things we call knowledge. In systematics we look at how the observer relate with the topic being studies. That means we look at how the observer values influence his perception of the object being studies. We call it understanding when we can find a relationship between a perspective of the observed and the value framework of the observer.

Systematics is a process of shifting perspectives

Firstly systematics is established as a process that relates an observer through his value system to an observed object perceived as a whole. Then systematics becomes a process of progressively moving the perspective of the observer. The perspective shift is attained by providing the observer with an increasingly rich set of perspectives of observation. Understanding is advanced by giving more relevance to an expanding set of perspectives on the observed.