perceiving a complex whole

Navigating Complexity

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comprehensive ways of knowing

How can we understand a complex whole when it is more than the sum of it’s parts? I would say this calls for a comprehensive way of seeing, but you could also call it holistic. Most people think this involves understanding all aspects of something (in the example of healthcare, people think of not only physical, but also emotional and spiritual aspects of a person’s health). Many people also think of an understanding that includes the context that the thing is in (the person’s environment in the case of healthcare). However, not many people think in the Goethean sense of holism where you are looking to also become aware of the potential that an entity has in how it can respond in different contexts by getting a sense of it’s core essence. The Goethean method may seem…

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