A tri-modal nature of life applied for actualizing a win-win human-environmental relation and sustainability

Fiscus, D., Fath, B.D. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9440-6842, & Goerner, S. (2012). A tri-modal nature of life applied for actualizing a win-win human-environmental relation and sustainability. Emergence: Complexity and Organization 14 (3) 44-88.

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We present a conceptual synthesis to address the global ecological crisis. The current paradigm underlying life science appears insufficient to enable a solution to the crisis and may be part of the cause of the crisis. We develop a distinct .sustained life. to complement the current paradigm based solely on .discrete life.. We present a three-model, multi-scale characterization of the original and fundamental nature of life. The multi-model, expressed as a hyperset formalism, is:

life = {environment{ecosystems{organisms{environment}}}}.

This self-referential, closed loop hierarchy explicitly prohibits fragmentation of sub-units of life and prohibits separation of life from its essential environmental life support context. We integrate work of 1) Ulanowicz and Patten, 2) Rosen amd Kercel and 3) Lovelock and Vernadsky who developed holistic characterizations of life at ecosystemic, organismic and biospheric organization levels, respectively. This paradigm could enable actualization of a mutualistic win-win relation between humans and environment and long-term environmental sustainability.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)
Bibliographic Reference: Emergence, Complexity and Organization; 14(3):44-88 (30 September 2012)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:46
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2019 12:46
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/9856

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