Industrialism: Reduction Either Complexity Patterns

Industrialism: Reduction Either Complexity Patterns

Rinaldo C. Michelini (PMARlab, University of Genova, Italy) and Roberto P. Razzoli (PMARlab, University of Genova, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-856-7.ch017


The chapter discusses the wealth generation mechanisms of the industrialism from its intrinsic cultural start, associated with the western-world stile. The prospected remarks single out several characterising features, in opposition to the east-Asia habits and cultural marks. Among other points, noteworthy remarks lead to prise complexity, instead of exploiting the reductionism. This is recognised as the robot age sign, opposed to the industry age patterns. The all discussion does not provide full solutions, rather suggests looking at the industrialism founding motivations (up to the cultural backing), in view to devise worthy alternatives.
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The nations’ wealth build-up is conquest (or myth) brought forth with the industry patterns, when the transformation efficiency applies to the natural resources, obtained from earth fields, extensively changed in marketable goods, for widespread enjoyment, but at the expenses of waste and pollution increase. The designation conquest leads to the affluent society, founded on ceaselessly replacing items, to always remain at the front edge of technologies, and brings to distinguish the communities on their innovation rates, still assuming the industrialism as the wishful target, towards which the developing countries should aim. The definition myth is frequent criticism of sceptical guesses, emphasising the irreversibility of the material transformations, making illusory the linked affluence, or, more correctly, predatory, turning the profit to temporary elites, with impoverishment of all the others (future generations, included). The picture leads to the thrifty society, founded on resources sparing and consumption lessening, through the parsimony way, or pace-wise decrease of waste and pollution.

Actually, the development defines as “the process through which the men achieve their personal upgrading, with benefit in enhanced life conditions”. The wealth expansion is the material side; the successfulness, nonetheless, should deal with the humanity in its integrity, and this is not the case, if the natural capital shrinks, while the waste and pollution amplify. The industry patterns wellbeing (even out of political implications) is temporary, and the growth for ever is cheating prospect. Then, affluence decrease is the only non-swindling scenery, while the conscious ecologic behaviour shall turn to parsimony habits. That attitude leads to better safe than sorrow: the safety needs to refrain from pollution (and genetic modified organisms); the sore is subtle question, as a contented mind is a perpetual feast, notably, if the spendable riches are taken away from the yet-to-be generations.

The industrialism economics, on that picture, today is, perhaps, looking for relief from value chains in intangibles, with resort to the to de-materialise axioms of the knowledge entrepreneurship. The way out, most obviously, does not build on contented mind, or totally risk-safe cautious headway. It comes from the pioneering spirit of adventure, to discover new transformation economy processes, perhaps, with resort to the cognitive breakthrough, exploring the to re-materialise axioms, based on bio-mimicry and the genetic engineering.

  • the industry revolution beginning, within the tangibles transforms efficiency minimalism, out of decay bookkeeping;

  • the complexity/reductionism dilemma, showing the alternative approaches to make out describing causality relationships;

  • the conceptualisation habits in inferring classifications, to single out ordering taxonomies, also, in the current languages;

  • the community/individuals relationship, and the social-political appreciation of competition and democratic confrontation;

  • the preference of abstract reasoning, up to “physical laws” or “scientific work organisation”, as static reference patterns;

  • the opponent logic to single out sharp statements, and to eliminate the knowledgeable fuzziness of entangled situations;

  • the competition, up to the free market axiom, as self-explaining idea, to simplify the lawful ethical behaviour of people.

    Figure 1.

    Typical industry deployment features

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