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Systems Thoughts
On Freedom
2/16/05
"Freedom" is more than the ability to take action; it's the ability to take effective action. When we're dealing with dynamically complex systems, we're not equipped to take effective action without systems thinking and system dynamics. We are in effect "prisoners of our own thinking."

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Repent
3/22/05
"Metanoia" is the Greek word for a "shift of mind," translated in the Catholic corpus as "repent."

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Heresy
1/24/08
The origin of the word, heresy, is "choice." That's not allowed.

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"Maya": Illusion
3/22/05
What's real and what's illusion? The word "measure" and the Sanscrit word, maya, have the same root ... and maya is the ancient word for "illusion" ... implying that what we can measure is the illusion.

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What's Spirit Got to Do with It?
2/07/03
How could something as apparently intellectual, academic and theoretical as systems thinking be related to spirituality ... to Spirit? From the systems thinking perspective we see that everything is connected, and that's a central message of spirituality.

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Primacy of the Whole
9/01/06
The "primacy of the whole" is a major systems principle that makes clear we must attend to both the collective and the individual.

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Mental Models & Beliefs
9/4/06
John Sterman on the need to examine mental models (beliefs) and on how all decisions are based on models -- and the "mental models" we use are models -- and all models are wrong.

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Change
8/5/09
The rate of change is accelerating.

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