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The Unbounded MindBreaking the Chains of Traditional Business Thinking$
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Ian I. Mitroff and Harold A. Linstone

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102888.001.0001

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The World as a Formula: The Second Way of Knowing

The World as a Formula: The Second Way of Knowing

(p.38) CHAPTER 3 The World as a Formula: The Second Way of Knowing
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This chapter discusses Analysis or mathematical model building as one of the other important and traditional ways of knowing. If the human organism were a simple machine, then the experience of any sensation might indeed be nothing more than a direct physical response uninfluenced by the social context or one's personal history. But since humans are not machines, they do not react to or experience sensations in the ways philosophers have traditionally hypothesized. In this chapter, the Analytic-Deductive IS is critically evaluated. Just like the Inductive-Consensual IS, it is also shaped by a common underlying image: the World as a Machine. Before discussing the description of its characteristics, the authors first provide an example that showcases an Analytic-Deductive IS's use and meaning in a social realm.

Keywords:   knowing, Analytic-Deductive IS, Inductive-Consensual IS, mathematical model, analysis, humans, social realm

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