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- Publisher: GENERAL SYSTEMANTICS PRESS (December 6, 2012)
- Publication Date: December 6, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AK1BIDM
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SYSTEMANTICS. THE SYSTEMS BIBLE Kindle Edition
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Otherwise, the book itself is entertaining. The best part is all of the anecdotal evidence they produce to "prove" their theorems about systems.
Anyway, statements like "all systems perform at 5% efficiency" or some such hyperbole are hardly useful. Meanwhile, a few pages later, there's an illustrative diagram of human space exploration, including landing a man on the moon and safely returning him to Earth. How do you explain THAT, Mr Gall?
Additional ridiculous observation: everyone has to dump their trash on public highways due to a failure of the system which removes residential refuse. I have not personally known a single instance of this happening, yet the author literally says "everyone".
The teeth clenching got old in a hurry. I could not endure all the moaning without a single useful tidbit of wisdom. Nothing.
ANNOUNCING PITHY QUOTABLES IN ALL CAPS
Luckily these aphorisms, oh Student, are based on a Lifelong and Deep Study Of Systemantics, and proposed as semi-serious Laws (like Murphys). The approach wisdom in the limit, but often seem to rest on
ASSERTING THEM WITH CONFIDENCE
and when that fails, the Extremely Humble, But Very Perceptive Author can resort to
PROOF BY ONE MADE UP EXAMPLE
I want to like this book, but the whole thing reads like the prose above, and want Gall to settle down and spend time exploring his genuine nsights, and explaing why systems behave the way they do rather than Just Asserting That They're Weird.
Good examples with handy mnemonics. Deep wisdom that will leave you thinking for years to come.
I have had the first two editions (originally published as "Systemantics") and it has been like a career guidebook to recognizing the pitfalls and simple stupidity that is now the hallmark of modern American business, and really any human-made system ever made.
It's as if a conference room full of engineering professors have a few drinks to discuss Alfred Korzybski's "Science & Sanity" and Ludwig von Bertalanffy's "General Systems Theory" and wind up dishing the dirty secrets of their beloved bailiwick.
If you're looking for systems theory, this is the wrong place--but this book is for you.
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