Model Instantiations

Model Instantiations

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1888-4.ch003
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In three specific model instantiations, this chapter demonstrates how URANOS can be applied to other research domains. The first instantiation, referred to as the body-mind continuum, addresses humans as holistic and spiritual beings embedded in their natural, informational and socio-cultural environments. The second instantiation provides a framework for integral thinking and designing based on the AQAL-model from K. Wilber (2007). The third instantiation addresses holistic and cognitive coordination processes in the context of multi-agent and cyber-physical systems. These three instantiations together build the core of our human-centered modeling approach. Each of them holds our generic system model at its core, but at the same time has its own specific extensions.
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Body-Mind Continuum Of Human Beings

Living systems, and human beings in particular, are among the most complex systems which are known to us. We consider such systems as holistic, because they cannot solely be described by their parts, but must be also considered as wholes.

This section first addresses the mind-body problem, where some of the philosophical and epistemological key points have to be clarified. Then, we turn to the actual model for human beings, called the body-mind continuum. It expresses the fuzziness between body, mind and spirit. In particular, the model describes the relationships and dynamics between body, mind and spirit. Human beings can interact with each other and are embedded in an environment. Therefore, this section also addresses human interactions within an environment, how this affects the essence of human beings, and what potentials it brings to them.

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