by Joël de Rosnay . Let us use the macroscope to direct a new look at nature, society, and man observes in the macroscope the organism that shelters it. May 27, Editions du Seuil, The complete book on a “The Macroscope” by Joël de Rosnay – Old but very good. Mar 30, The Macroscope: A New World of Scientific SystembyJoel de Rosnay.

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Joël de Rosnay

In present modes of thought influenced by the systemic approach, the concept of the fluid replaces that of the solid. Rien, si on se contente de les examiner avec l’instrument habituel de la connaissance, l’approche analytique. Delays have an important role in the phenomena of amplification or inhibition that are typical of the behavior of complex systems.

Will geographers and GIScientists drive the revolution or merely go along for the ride? A communication network that permits the exchange of energy, matter, and information among the elements of the system and between different reservoirs. It is better to try to understand the internal rpsnay of the system and to anticipate delays in response.

In some areas jooel agriculture destroys the equilibrium of the ecological pyramid and replaces it with an unstable equilibrium of only three stages grain, cattle, and man controlled by a single dominant species.

It gives rise to a sense of timingthe knowing when to begin an action, neither too soon nor too late, but at the precise moment the jeol is ready to move in one direction or the other. Thus Wiener and Bigelow discovered the closed loop of information necessary to correct any action-the negative feedback loop-and they generalized this discovery in terms of the human organism.

The contribution of the computer rests at a qualitative level.

They are the molecules of a cell, the inhabitants of a city, the personnel of an industrial firm and its machines, institutions, money, goods. Conversely, process logic accepts contemporary knowledge about individual earth processes; synthesizes general theory; and proposes all sorts of tests, though rarely are the tests overtly spatial. A balance of flow macrosope a dynamic equilibrium.

For longer periods he consults his balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and such outside indicators as the prime rate of interest, manpower, growth of the economy. Forrester realized the importance of the systemic approach in the conception and control of complex organizations involving men and machines in “real time”: The flow variables are expressed only in terms of two instants, or in relation to a given period, and thus are basically functions maroscope time.


They oppose change with every means at their disposal. Cyrille rated it really liked it Jan 18, By any measure, geography has been remarkably productive in the past half-century, and yet department after department has been closed.

The inputs are the result of the environment’s influence on the system, and the outputs are the influence of noel system on the environment. If it cannot return to its former state of homeostatic equilibrium, the system, through the complementary play of positive and negative feedback loops, searches for new points of equilibrium and new stationary states.

Negative feedback leads to adaptive, or goal-seeking behavior: The user can change the initial conditions “just to see what will fosnay. The macroscope enables, and even entices, its users to view old questions in new ways. Each loop is studied separately, and its influence on the behavior of the different component units of the system is evaluated. Two major variables measure world growth: This makes it possible for an open system to adapt and respond to the macroscopr variety jole modifications in the environment.

These means would call for increased responsibility on the part ,acroscope each citizen.

Volterra in on he mathematical jole of the life struggle have subsequently shown that we must be less dogmatic than Engels with respect to transfers from the biological to the social realms. However, in the case of nonlinear interactions the variables are multiplied or divided by coefficients which are themselves functions of other variables. To ask other readers questions about Le Macroscopeplease sign up.

Le Macroscope: Vers Une Vision Globale by Joël de Rosnay

There is no true union without antagonism, balance of power, conflict. To illustrate, let’s focus on continental drift, as suggested by de Rosnay in The Macroscope: The valves that control these two flows are the decisions that are made based on the state of the account Fig. The wild macroxcope of positive loops-a veritable death wish-must be controlled by negative loops. A negative feedback loop helps the business leader-or works to his disadvantage if he has increased production too much without having foreseen the change in the market.

The paradoxical situation that confronts all those responsible for the maintenance and evolution of a complex system, whether the system be a state, a large organization, or an industry, can be expressed in the simple question, How can a stable organization whose goal is to maintain itself and endure be able to change and evolve?


If demand remains strong, the company-its inventory low-will macroscole longer delays in delivery. Input and output are separated by a duration of time, as in before and after, or past and present Fig. Gauthier Stricker rated it really liked it Jan 03, During the Middle Ages in Europe, however, notions of real-world geography devolved into fantasies, and no term for geography was in common usage even in the highest realms of government and academe.

The transition to a “stationary” economy would imply the choice of new constraints, founded on privation and a reduction in the standard of living and the imposition of more complex, more delicate, and more decentralized forms of control and regulation than in a growth economy.

Do not “open” regulatory loops.

The balance sheet contains a variety of state variables: Soon after his arrival there he had become acquainted with the neurophysiologist Arturo Rosenblueth, onetime collaborater of Walter B. The General System Theory does not escape this danger.

Take a look at the graph of global sea level rise below, annotated to show how long each zone was exposed. It is only one approach among many, a complementary method of studying a complex system. Living systems can adapt, within certain limits, to sudden modifications coming from the outside world. One of the very first cybernetics mechanisms to control the speed of the steam engine, invented by James Watt and Matthew Boulton inwas called a governoror a ball regulator.

The limits are well known. Both fits have considerable geologic evidence in their favor as well. In Figure 49 below this situation is expressed in curves that show the number of molecules transformed I in the presence of an inhibitor, 2 in the presence of an activator, and 3 according to the relative concentration of inhibitors and activators.

A closed system exchanges neither energy nor matter nor information with its environment; it is totally cut off from the outside world.

Each valve is a center of decision that receives information and transforms it into action: