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Chapter 1 - Our Worldview

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Welcome to our worldview

Our Worldview

Our worldview includes our knowledge and beliefs about how our world works, its interests, values, emotions, and ethics.

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Elements of a worldview

According to Leo Apostel, a worldview is a descriptive model of the world. It should comprise these elements:

  1. An account of its own "building blocks", its origins and construction.
  2. An answer to the question "Where are we heading?"
  3. A theory of knowledge: "What is true and false?"
    1. A theory of action: "What should we do?"
    2. An answers to ethical questions: "How should we attain our goals?"
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CENTER LEO APOSTEL - VUB Home - CLEA (vub.be)

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Descriptive model

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

EGM - Worldview v. 2023

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.

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Self(organisation) fighting entropy

EGM - Worldview - Creating Self v. 2023

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.

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Dimensionality

EGM - Worldview - 3 Dimensional dynamics of agency v. 2023

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.

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Similarity

EGM - Worldview - Fractal world v. 2023


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.

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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.

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On the 'next pages' you will find further explanation about the building blocks, truth, goals, ethics and relevance of our worldview.

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