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Towards a conceptualization of evolution in environmental systems

Authors
Journal
International Journal of Man-Machine Studies
0020-7373
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
16
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0020-7373(82)80053-9
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Ecology

Abstract

There are many difficulties facing those who have interests both in the natural environment and in the man-made environment together with the problems of their interfacing. One of the currently most intractable is that, having been imbued with the ecosystem model, with the emphasis on balance, equilibrium, cycling and stability, scholars are increasingly faced with the methodological necessity of also accommodating active control involving the impelling of systems on time trajectories through sequences of state, each different, probably non-recoverable and presumably ever more adapted to the evolving needs of man in society.

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