Integrative Problem-Solving in a Time of Decadence

Integrative Problem-Solving in a Time of Decadence

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Presents a unique study of Integrative Problem-Solving (IPS). The consideration of 'Decadence' is essential in the scientific study of environmental and other problems and their rigorous solution, because the broad context within which the problems emerge can affect their solution. Stochastic reasoning underlines the conceptual and methodological framework of IPS, and its formulation has a mathematical life of its own that accounts for the multidisciplinarity of real world problems, the multisourced uncertainties characterizing their solution, and the different thinking modes of the people involved. Only by interpolating between the full range of disciplines (including stochastic mathematics, physical science, neuropsychology, philosophy, and sociology) and the associated thinking modes can scientists arrive at a satisfactory account of problem-solving, and be able to distinguish between a technically complete problem-solution, and a solution that has social impact.On the other hand, one may argue that if prior probabilities are considered within a strong theoretical framework, they could be viewed as ... Also, Eq. (6.34) is not defined when PG1a„2S 1a„4 0 which, nevertheless, may be a valid probability for S under certain conditions in practice. ... If, e.g., PG1a„2wp 1a„4 10A€6 and PG1a„2wp jS 1a„4 10A€5agt;10A€6, it is implied that S confirms wp, which makes little sense sinceanbsp;...

Title:Integrative Problem-Solving in a Time of Decadence
Author:George Christakos
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2010-12-10


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