Developing the Practice of Post Normal Science
What are the guiding principles for studying complex systems?
In collaboration with the so-called Dirk Gently gang; G. Francis, H. Regier, S. Funtowicz, J. Ravetz, G. Gallopin, M. Giampietro, D. Waltner-Toews, M. O'Connor and T.F.H. Allen, we are developing a set of guiding questions for the study of complex systems and a methodology for doing this. In particular this focuses on the issues of uncertainty and surprise in nested self-organizing systems. The problematique is of decision making in the face of complexity and high risk, of charting a sustainable course in uncertain waters
We presented our current thinking about PNS at the
Bi-Annual Meeting of the International Society for Ecological Economics in Boston, 4-7 August, 1996.
Our session at the conference was entitled :
Ecosystem Approach in economics, health and environmental management: a post-normal science. (Longish abstracts can be found through this link)
International Workshop on Complex systems: Policies and Decision-Making Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, 27-29 May, 1996
(The Dirk Gently gang annual meeting)
Developing the practice of post-normal science.
Through a number of case studies we are developing the ecosystem approach as an example of a post-normal science.
The Huron Natural Area WWW site
For further reading see:
- The August 94 issue of Futures, Vol. 25 no 6. which is devoted to complexity
- Funtowicz, S.; Ravetz, J. "Emergent Complex Systems". Futures; 1994; 26(6): 568-582.,
- Funtowicz, S.; Ravetz, J. "Science for the post-normal age". Futures; 1993; 25(7): 739-755.
- Funtowicz, S.; Ravetz, J. "The good, the true and the post-normal". Futures; 1992; 24(10): 963-976.
Principia Cybernetica Project, a wealth of material on Systems Thinking
and don't miss the
Home of Post Normal Science (Silvio Funtowicz)
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Last updated 25 August, 1996