By Robert E. Ulanowicz
"What within the ever-loving blue-eyed international do those [U1ano wicz's] harmless reviews on thermodynamics need to do with ecology!" nameless manuscript reviewer the yank Naturalist, 1979 "The germ of the assumption grows very slowly into anything recognizable. it can all begin with the mere wish to have an concept within the first position. " Walt Kelly Ten Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Years with Pogo, 1959 "It all turns out super fascinating, yet for the lifetime of me it seems that you pulled it out of the air," my friend Ray Lassiter exclaimed to me after enduring approximately 20 mins of my enthusiasm for the newly formu lated notion of "ascendency" in ecosystems. "It wasn't," I spoke back, "but it'll take a booklet to teach you the place it got here from. " If such used to be the response of somebody frequently sympathetic to my demeanour of considering, what might I anticipate from those that considered organic devel opment within the conventional manner? finally, i used to be suggesting that it truly is possi ble to quantify the expansion and improvement of a complete atmosphere. Fur thermore, i used to be retaining that this improvement used to be now not totally made up our minds through occasions and entities at smaller scales, and but may influ ence those part procedures and buildings. to make certain, mine was once purely the newest of many demanding situations to immediately reductionism, yet, like everybody else with a brand new inspiration, i assumed mine was once special.
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It is now possible to define an m x n dimensional trophic transformation matrix [M], in which the lth row is taken to be (diF. 17) + (R), where (1) is an n-dimensional column vector of ones, and [T] is the matrix of intercompartmental transfers defined earlier. 17) on the left by [M] yields, [M](D) + [M][T]T(1) = [M][T](1) + [M](E] + [M](R). 19) 0), where (1)*, is an m-dimensional column vector of I' s.
65. , Inc. FIGURE these entities as continuua not readily amenable to description in terms of networks. While it is true that the continuum approach has heretofore proven very effective in fluid mechanics, this does not preclude one from viewing these phenomena as developing networks. For example, the spatial domain over which the organized flow occurs can be divided up into a gridwork of small spatial elements (an act that is now quite commonplace, given the popularity of numerical simulation techniques).
The data were made available to the author by the Department of Regional Science at the University of Pennsylvania and were interpreted for the author by Janusz Szyrmer. All cash commodity flows are measured in millions of zlotys. Finally, there is a host of other large-scale problems in organization that are readily described as networks-communication and transportation nets, information processing networks, and decision-making bodies. " Teleology notwithstanding, there is reason to question why cognitive science should be limited to those systems involving subjects with consciousness.
Growth and Development: Ecosystems Phenomenology by Robert E. Ulanowicz