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open system

An open system relies on an imperfect, active and evolving ontology which relies in turn more on mindset than on a ruleset. This mindset mediates the interaction with an environment.

Because cognition of any environment is not perfect, the system that is built using it is not perfect and cannot become a perfect system. It is not even capable of becoming a closed system as it is steered by cognitive processes of people who are themselves "open" to much input.

Their joint cognition is formalized using constraint, precedent and means to self-organize - according to Donella Meadows there are twelve levers involved in achieving change. Like the common law or any electoral system it is a series of imperfections raised to an art. This joint cognition must combine their fears, e.g. all LP worst cases, and ambitions, e.g. all LP best cases, to reflect a living collective intelligence:

A living ontology is open and cannot be either a closed nor a perfect system because of its evolution and willingness to accomodate sometimes-arbitrary constraint. The naming conventions are an example of how attempts to define rules for any such open system are bound to fail to be comprehensive. However it is necessary to find and document all feedback loops in order to ensure that constraints, precedents and hidden ways in which the project self-organizes are found quickly, well in advance of the realization of all LP worst cases.