Martin Zwick

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We do not have even a preliminary draft of a story of "culture," i.e., human history, that has the degree of consensus that exists about our stories of cosmos and nature.
The author engages himself in a conversation on the conundrum of how it can be that (a) Evil exists, and yet (b) God is beneficent, and (c) God is omnipotent.
Systems metaphysics provides a new way to understand scientific knowledge, reveals the deep connection between fact and value, and formulates scientific knowledge that can be personally appropriated.

Martin Zwick is a professor of systems science at Portland State University. After initially working in crystallography and macromolecular structure, his interests shifted to systems theory and methodology, the field now known as the study of chaos, complexity, and complex adaptive systems.ᅠHis main research areas are information-theoretic modeling, theoretical biology, and systems philosophy. Scientifically, his focus is on applying systems ideas and methods to the natural and social sciences, especially to biomedical problems, the evolution of cooperation, and sustainability. Philosophically, his focus is on how systems ideas relate to classical and contemporary philosophy, how they offer a bridge between science and religion, and how they can help us understand and address societal problems.

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