Intro Examples

Clear examples serve to quickly introduce a new user to the meaning of each SP. Just as a picture is worth a thousand words, a practical example effectively communicates the scope and meaning of each systems process. Exemplar implies utility beyond a mere example. Like an anecdote or parable, an exemplar captures the essence of, is an ideal example of, a paragon, the epitome of the SP. Because we are comparing across so many different disciplines to find processes common to most, it will be important in the intro to show exemplars from several different scales (size dimensions), domains, and disciplines. This would provide a sense of its isomorphic nature from the outset.

These examples should also show how any of the isomorphies are discipline-independent, domain-independent, tool-independent, and scale-independent. We abbreviate these four important features of an isomorphy as DDTs (get it, DDT is a poison that kills sustainability just as being discipline, domain, tool, or scale dependent – which conventional reductionist research is – kills “seeing” cross disciplinary examples).

A practical example of DDTs status for one SP would be HIERARCHIES present across: (i) astronomical objects; (ii) the periodic table for chemicals; (iii) in the lithostratigraphy and biogeography of geology; (iv) subsystems forming systems in the body from molecules to cells to tissues to organs to organ systems; (v) in social systems such as military, religion (from which the word originated), and government (social dominance). There are many more. Look for awareness of such DDTs Independence in the selected Intro Examples of each ISP. But this feature is even more apparent in the more detailed lists of the later Info Category named Case Studies or Proof of Isomorphy.