Why learn that a linked description “does its work not by invoking something beyond which might be described but by putting one fact or law into relation with others.” – Abraham Kaplan
We are approaching a new age of synthesis. Knowledge cannot be merely a degree or a skill… it demands a broader vision, capabilities in critical thinking and logical deduction without which we cannot have constructive progress. – Li Ka-Shing
Li Ka-Shing is a Hong Kong business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, as of October 7, 2013 he is the richest person in Asia, with a net worth of $28.8 billion.
The thoughts of Stephen Hawking are prophetic. He has been quoted as saying that “the next century will be the century of complexity.” And yet, we are philosophically moving toward simplicity in the way we communicate our concepts and principles and in doing so we miss critical content, the content that has contributed to paradigm paralysis and meaningless practices.
We are living in an age of concepts without principle, principles without theory, and paradigms without recognized purpose. The paradigms of individuals and those of our organizations are paralyzing our institutions. We must use our cognitive abilities to turn complexity into coherency. I dedicate this chapter to cognitive thought and solutions.
We have finally come to the chapter that addresses the primary functional component of the subject matter of this book…the ConPriDigm. I have preceded this chapter with the groundwork to understand what I am about to uncover. The ConPriDigm is an idea, a conceptualization, a construct that I have explicitly described as a logical pattern of thought (ideas). The pattern is a collection of abstract concepts relating to a field of knowledge and the dominating principles. The concepts are theoretical in nature because they address What, How and Why. The key prerequisite is the existence of a Domain – a field of knowledge.. Without a Domain, principles, concepts and governing paradigms simply are not in agreement. Many Domains contribute to the effective application of knowledge trapped in the magic potion initiatives of the 20th and current centuries.
Next post – The path we have taken and why.