The Systems Science: Science with a heart.


Science usually assumes a world full of separate objects and says if you understand the parts, you understand the whole. Systems sciences step back and look at the whole picture and ask about the relationship between the parts. How are they connected? This different, but well established and rigorously researched approach to science opens many possibilities for understanding the world in a new way. If love is the manifestation of connection in our lives: within ourselves, with others, and with our environment, then the systems sciences become science with a heart.

The systems sciences are actually a coherent collection of theories and concepts. That’s why we talk of systems sciences. It includes ideas such as chaos, complexity, cybernetics, tipping points, butterfly effects, six degrees of separation, and boundary critique. The systems sciences have applications from the microscopic world of cells through to the macroscopic galaxies. They can also give us helpful insights into our personal and social lives. And then they also include computer systems, communications systems, ecological and economic systems and so much more.

 Victor MacGill has a  PhD in complex systems. He has attended and presented papers at more than 10 international systems conferences and has eight published papers in systems journals and authored two books.