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The Unbounded MindBreaking the Chains of Traditional Business Thinking$
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Ian I. Mitroff and Harold A. Linstone

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102888.001.0001

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Conclusion: To See the World as an Interconnected Whole

Conclusion: To See the World as an Interconnected Whole

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(p.152) (p.153) CHAPTER 9 Conclusion: To See the World as an Interconnected Whole
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The Unbounded Mind
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MITROFF IAN I.

LINSTONE HAROLD A.

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102888.003.0009

This chapter examines the fundamental role of ethics in the design of systems for the Information Age. The reality of Ideals is first discussed. Every philosophic system contains Ideals and unlike goals and objectives, they cannot be achieved within any finite time period. Its main purpose it to urge humankind on in quest of a better end state. The authors argue that the reformulation of Ideals not only is an expression and recognition of some of the extreme negative effects one is bequeathing to future generations, but also an attempt to pass on a more positive gift, the gift of hope, the reorientation of our civilization to a culture of respect for the environment, not one of blasphemous destruction. Four major threats are outlined as the reason for the need of reformulating Ideals. Subsequently, this chapter discusses the world as an interconnected whole.

Keywords:   ethics, systems, Information Age, Ideals, humankind, world, interconnected whole

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