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  • The transdisciplinary study of the abstract organization of phenomena, independent of their substance or existence. Systems theory investigates both the principles common to all complex entities and the systems that can be used to describe them. In other words, it is the basic structure wherein one analyzes any group of objects that work together toward a result. This could be an organization of organisms or just one organism.

    Systems can be either controlled (cybernetic) or uncontrolled. In controlled systems, information is sensed, and changes are made in response to that information. Kuhn refers to this as the detector, selector, and effector functions of the system. The detector deals with information about the intercommunication between systems. The selector is the rule that makes decisions, and the effector ...

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