Ontology, epistemology and the complexity of human neurobiology

Sice, Petia, Bentley, Edward and Rauch, Laurie (2017) Ontology, epistemology and the complexity of human neurobiology. Human Systems Management. ISSN 0167-2533 (In Press)

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Certain ontology and epistemology perspectives are most relevant to human systems’ enquiry. These are derived from a synergy of insights from theories of autopoiesis, interpersonal neurobiology and complexity. Ontology has implications for our comprehension of the nature of human systems: 1/ Human systems are embodied and situated, exhibiting selforganising and emergent properties; 2/ Human experience is personal but not private, it is born in the interactions with the environment, and is validated by the human structure; 3/ Changes in human structure are necessarily subservient to conservation of autopoiesis, i.e. self-production and maintaining life. The epistemological implications deem ontology and epistemology as mutually informative in human enquiry; the thrust of this article. Our knowledge is limited by our capabilities of awareness. The quality of perception interlinks with cultivating awareness and intentionality for maintaining wellbeing, i.e. sustaining life-enhancing conditions. The concept of ‘wellbeing informatics’ is used to outline a tangible approach to evaluating wellbeing.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G500 Information Systems
V900 Others in Historical and Philosophical studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2017 09:52
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2018 03:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/32412

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