World modeling: A dialogue (North-Holland/TIMS studies in the management sciences ; v. 2)

Churchman, C. West

World issues have a Medusan quality about them. One recalls from the ancient rnyth that the Gorgon Medusa was a wretched woman, cursed with staring eyes, protruding fangs for teeth and writhing snakes for hair. Many of today's most pressing world problems seen1 much the same. Problems of the environment, growth, inflation and social structure are omnipresent, staring at us, challenging us to face them. But, they are every bit as entangled, ensnarled, complex and wicked as was Medusa. Today's world issues are difficult to formulate, dangerous to embrace, paralyzing to confront .

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