SYSTEMICS vs SYSTEMATICS? 1)2)3)
Systematics is mostly an arbitrary mode of classification. One example would be arranging a collection of books according to the color of their cover.
However, some classifications, at first sight arbitrary, may finally reveal an underlying general order.
This was the case for example with MENDELEIEV's table of elements, whose regularities are consequences of the atomic structures, that were unknown at the time.
There may thus be a progressive shift from systematics to systemics as the apparently arbitrary order is found out to conceal an algorithm, which in turn reflects a general mode of organization, i.e. significant correlations or interrelations among the classified items. Such relations then become the groundwork for the study of organized complexity, i.e. systemics.
Systematics can thus be used as a heuristic tool in systemics. However, a previous general understanding of the systemic paradigm is necessary, in order to understand what to search for.
It is to be noted that a purely systematic view impairs many times the perception of systemic order and even leads to spurious orderings of data. Serious cases have been observed in economics and in experimental psychology, for example.
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