Chapter 1 - Our Worldview
Welcome to our worldview
Our worldview includes our knowledge and beliefs about how our world works, its interests, values, emotions, and ethics.
Elements of a worldview
According to Leo Apostel, a worldview is a descriptive model of the world. It should comprise these elements:
- An account of its own "building blocks", its origins and construction.
- An answer to the question "Where are we heading?"
- A theory of knowledge: "What is true and false?"
- A theory of action: "What should we do?"
- An answers to ethical questions: "How should we attain our goals?"
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Be aware of the fact that what follows IS NOT the world, but a MODEL of the world with the aim to help us understand what is happening around us.
The bigger picture
Above is a visual descriptive model of our view of the world. As you can see, boundaries are not straight, open and overlapping. You may also have noticed that a small gap arises between the self and its context when beliefs come to the fore.
Self(organisation) fighting entropy
Within the world, living entities are fighting entropy by creating a self (self-organising). The attractors, who form the self, constantly try to minimise free energy (entropic, non-usable energy) by erecting barriers and keeping the energy within limits. Each attractor is part of a dimension. In this way, they are always part of a paradoxical situation.
All the above is not linear, but is situated in a multi-dimensional space. The open frame of the worldview model represents the dimensional space of action, evaluation and relevancy we live in.
In his Nobel Prize (Economy - 2005) lecture, Robert Aumann explained how people, teams, organisations, businesses, ..., all exhibit the same properties regarding action, evaluation and relevance in the world.
|Robert Aumann received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2005 for his work on conflict and cooperation through game theory analysis. He shared the prize with Thomas Schelling.|
On the 'next pages' you will find further explanation about the building blocks, truth, goals, ethics and relevance of our worldview.