Vertical Integration of Science: An Approach to Including Information, Knowledge and Its Organization

Vertical Integration of Science: An Approach to Including Information, Knowledge and Its Organization

Emilia Currás (Autonomous University Madrid, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-201-3.ch001
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In this chapter, there is an attempt to consider an organization of knowledge regarding a vertical integration of science, which is focused as a systems unity of greater complexity then what has been considered before. An ascending or descending vertical integration of science might be to interpret questions posed by human in general and information scientist in particular. It could provide answers that they are looking for. All aspects of the global information could have a widest sense, appear to be treated, and the problems need to be freshly addend as required solutions. This vertical integration of science is considered here from the vision of the systems science theories. A study of this integration, with all its complexity could provide important solutions for an adequate organization of knowledge.
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1. Preliminary Considerations

Mankind is clearly at a transcendentally important point in history, in that there is a transmutation of all forms of life: intellectually, socially and also politically and economically. This crisis situation has been noted by many authors and the author of this chapter has mentioned it in other papers. It is also something that requires no proof; its indicators and consequences are well known.

When, about 30 years ago, people began to speak about society begin in crisis, and the effects of this were first felt in daily life, it seemed daring and even pessimistic to think that this was the beginning of a period of transformation or transmutation. To relate crisis to transmutation was considered as audacity of avant garde and eccentric thinkers. So much has been written and the symptoms are so obvious that there is now no alternative but to accept these ideas and realities. Proposed solutions have been few and those applied or adopted even fewer.

Given the situation, why are we incapable of finding solutions and putting them into practice? The reason is that we have to change our mentality. “A new man” should be born, with new ways of thinking and of acting in response. For a good numbers of years -it is difficult to define how many-, thinkers from all disciplines and of all ideologies have talked about the change in mentality which is necessary in order to focus on solutions for the problems of today. Of these, the best known to the author of this paper will be mentioned. M. Jackson, I. Progogine, W. Gasparski, E. Andreewsky, R. Rodríguez Delgado, Fernando de Elzaburu, E. Laszlo, Alwin Diemer, Heidegger, John McHale, Fichte and Hegel, amongst others.

If emphasis has been given to the present situation of mankind and the need to undergo a change in mentality, it has been with the idea of upholding the following reasons which will be explain along this paper. (Figures 1 and 2).

Figure 1.

“Mankind” flowchart 1

Figure 2.

“Mankind” flowchart 2


3. Influences Of Science

Science is one of the pillars in the evolution of mankind. Science can be considered as a unity of the branches of knowledge, as well as a way to acquiring these branches. These ideas are precisely one of the first indications of the advocated change in mentality.

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