Zen and the Art of Systems Thinking

On June 21, 2017, I had the privilege of speaking to the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter on the topic of Systems Science, Systems Engineering and Systems Thinking.  That's a lot of Systems. Anyway, I called it by the catchy title, "Zen and the Art of Systems Thinking."  The slides and references are included here (below the video) for those who want to explore my talk in more detail.

I'd like to thank Gundars Osvalds and the rest of the INCOSE-CC Board of Directors for inviting me. I hope the audience enjoyed it as much as I did presenting it. 

We will look at the context of the Systems Thinking paradigm by exploring its history and philosophy. Explaining how this new mode of thought allows engineers to understand the workings of the world better.

Here are my presentation slides

Here are my references:

On Zen

On Art

Scientific Revolution texts  (1550-1700)

  • Copernicus (1543) De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the revolutions of the celestial spheres)
  • Bacon, F. (1620). Novum organum.(New Instrument)
  • Descartes, R. (1637) A Discourse on Method
  • Newton, I. (1687) Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy)

Other References