Synthesis Introduction

ConPriDigm AvatarQuality IS… a legacy of applied imagination involving destruction and creation.

Quality IS…a formal language for constructing patterns.

Quality IS…a construct for linking patterns.

                        

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While a person may make small improvements by developing new skills, quantum leaps in performance and revolutionary advances in technology require new maps, new paradigms, and new ways of thinking about old problems. – Stephen Covey             

I dedicate this part of my book to cognitive thought, solutions and Abraham Kaplan. Kaplan’s book The Conduct of Inquiry (1964) has had a significant impact regarding the development of my thought process for developing Quality IS – Exposing the DNA and Meaning of Quality.

Since the three chapters in Part Two contain the essence of what makes my book unique; I am providing only background information.  Hopefully, I will spark some interest when and if my book gets published.

First: Why explore the notions of applied imagination, suggested by Alex Osborn, and Destruction and Creation by John Boyd?

As I was endeavoring to persevere, doing research for this book, I became aware of the pertinent insight and knowledge of Alex Osborn and John Boyd. Their ideas and legacy regarding analysis and synthesis would have added significantly to the theoretical basis and organization of my Master’s Thesis. Unfortunately, their work was outside the circle of typical research being done in my field.  Osborn and Boyd clearly explained that knowledge can be concentrated and isolated or it can be taken apart and then reassembled into something new and novel. Their insight represented critical, in some ways impressionistic thinking, which was way ahead of its time. Their thought patterns in the 50’s and 60’s were beacons for systems development and provided a theoretical basis for the creation of a sustainable paradigm. In some circles a sustainable paradigm would be considered oxymoronic, but read on.  Osborn and Boyd would have disagreed.

Next Post – The Legacy of Alex Osborn and John Boyd

                          

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The ConPriDigm – Synthesis and Complexity

ConPriDigm AvatarQuality IS…a construct for linking patterns.

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

 

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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.

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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.

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