PREFACE How This Treatise Came to Be Written vii

INTRODUCTION Paradox Lost and Found. Dimensions of the Problem xi

I HISTORICAL OVERVIEW. The Primal Scenario Early Prophets. Korzybski. From Potter to Peter by Way of Parklnson. 3

II FIRST PRICIPAL. The Foundamental Theorem. The Law of Conservation of Anergy. The Big-Bang Theorem. Laws of Growth. 9

III THE MEYSTERIOUS WAYS OF SYSTEMS.The Generalized Uncertainty Principle. Climax Design. The Non-Additivity Theorem. 16

IV FEEDBACK. The Principle of Le Chatelier. The Power of Positive Feedback. Oscillating Systems. 23

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PREFACE How This Treatise Came to Be Written vii

INTRODUCTION Paradox Lost and Found. Dimensions of the Problem xi

I HISTORICAL OVERVIEW. The Primal Scenario Early Prophets. Korzybski. From Potter to Peter by Way of Parklnson. 3

II FIRST PRICIPAL. The Foundamental Theorem. The Law of Conservation of Anergy. The Big-Bang Theorem. Laws of Growth. 9

III THE MEYSTERIOUS WAYS OF SYSTEMS.The Generalized Uncertainty Principle. Climax Design. The Non-Additivity Theorem. 16

IV FEEDBACK. The Principle of Le Chatelier. The Power of Positive Feedback. Oscillating Systems. 23

V FUNCTIONARY'S FALSITY AND THE OPERATIONAL FALLACY. 32

VI INSIDE SYSTEMS. The F.L.A.W., Systems-Delusions, The Coemcieat of Fiction, Systems-People, Manager's Mirage, Orwell's Inversion. 39

Vll ELEMENTARY SYSTEMS-FUNCTIONS. ImpOtent potentate Syndrome. Adminlstrators Anxi-ety 49

VIII ADVANCED SYSTEMS.FUNCTIONS The Functional indeterminacy Theom (F.I.T.) The Newtontian Law of Systems-Intertia. 54

IX SYSTEMS-FAILURE (THEORY OF ERRORS) Failure-Mode Theorems. The Fail-Safe Thorem. 61

X APPLIED SYSTEMANTICS 1: PRACTICAL SYSTEMS DESIGN. The System Law of Gravity(Vector Theory) 67

Xl APPLIED SYSTEMANTICS 2: MANAGEMENT AND OTHER MYTHS. Catalytic Managership The "Problem" Problem 72

XII APPLIED SYSTEMANTICS 3: TAMING SYSTEMS. 77

ENVOI BEYOND EXPERTISE. 85

APPENDICES

I Annotated Compendium of Basic Systems-Axioms, Theorem, Corollaries, etc. 87

II First Biennial Readers' Self-Evaluation Quiz. 85

III Reader' Tear-out Feedback Sheet. 98

IV Annual "Aunty" Awards for Systems Antics of the Year. 99

V Antics Entry Blank. 103

VI Glorssary. 104

BIBLIOGRAPHY 109

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