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In Chapter one we stated that the problem of defining the how of education involves creating a pragmatic utopia. In this chapter, we have articulated the GS framework that is applicable to diverse systems and structures. In forthcoming chapters, the framework will be applied to: the development of the world system; international law and relations; societal design and development; business organizations; family dynamics; personality systems; ethical systems; cognitive structures; intervention strategies; educational subsystems and more. It is hoped that by articulating the framework in the abstract, this chapter will make jumps from one system to the next more comprehensible.



Chapter four argues that the emerging societal forms will tend to be democratic rather than authoritarian. Since democratic systems are more complex, it is not difficult to present the case for superior competence. However, the problem lies in weighing the additional costs against the benefits. Chapter three delineates the environmental changes that are predicted which will shift the balance in favor of increased complexity. The most significant aspects of the human environment are other humans, societies, and their products, so the changes in these aspects are explored in Chapter three.







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