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Emergence Through a Crossed Disciplinary Serendipity: Setting a reflexive emergence pattern for an inclusive socio-eco-technical transition

Format: Papers, RSD12, RSD12 Papers Pre-release

Fanjasoa Louisette Rasoloniaina
The current bewilderment in the face of climate problems and our inability to act efficiently are the result of a missing process: the phenomenon of emergence, the moment that turns the tide. This is the moment (T) in which what was not, finally appears.

Our hypothesis is that the various concepts of emergence in the hard and soft sciences have the potential to create a new social and scientific representation that connects knowledge, produces a joined-up science, and allows thought and action to be aligned.

What can we learn from the confluence of these different perspectives? How can the emergent and/or metaphorical model make sense in a disciplinary transfer and be applied to the resilience and sustainability of communities and territories? What can we learn from the results in the context of projecting an efficient ecological transition that would put an end to the state of sideration?

In this paper, the notion of “emergence” is explored through an interdisciplinary game of tentacular weaving, drawing on the theoretical foundations of various perspectives in the hard and soft sciences. Beyond the principle uncovered by George Henry Lewes (1874), the notions of “affordances” (Gibson, J. J., 1977) and “capability” (Sen, A. K., 2000) are considered in their conceptual and operational potentials through case studies in various fields like chemistry, biology, language, social psychology, sustainability transition, architecture, social inclusion, etc…

By examining the different ways of relating and equivalence between knowledge, their ability to converge and weave threads in activating the emergence of themata: the matrix of ideation at the origin of common sense, social and scientific thought. Aligning these three levels of thinking and representation is critical to implementing an effective socio-environmental and technological transition. This requires the (re)foundation of fundamental triadic themata, such as Self-Object-Non-Self and Part-Milieu-Whole, placing mereology (Rom, H., Llored J.-P., 2019), mesology (Llored et al., 2018), and social representation (Moscovici, S., 2000) at the core of Systemic Thinking.

By pushing the boundaries of disciplinary certainties and uncertainties, by daring to question the ephemerality of emergence, we aim to set milestones and indicators to measure its intangible transience and its “moments” of tangible concretization (J-P. N. Llored, 2023). The paper is an invitation to leave behind disciplinary discursive regimes and to create —through systemic translation (Serres, M., 1974)— a new shared lexicon and model necessary to structure and build a matrix of the prospective emergence of ecosystemic thinking and architecturing.
Keywords: emergence
social psychology
tentacular thinking




Citation Data

Author(s): Fanjasoa Louisette Rasoloniaina
Year: 2023
Title: Emergence Through a Crossed Disciplinary Serendipity: Setting a reflexive emergence pattern for an inclusive socio-eco-technical transition
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 30 September 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404

Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design, RSD12

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