3. Methodology of complex systems scientific research

  • The sixth method: Conditional Vitalism

Regardless of the consequences that the General Theory of the Conditional Evolution of Life could have in the scientific and technical field, by providing a logical and coherent basis for all of the technological advances that are already being made in the complex systems of genetics and biology, and allowing a better planning and coordination of the scientific research of the subject, this theory means a research methodology in itself.

When, for philosophical motives, both the broad concept of life and the concept of internal improvement of genetic information as the motor of evolution are introduced; and the later, since there is no greater information, is associated with life itself, or LIFE in capital letters, and pure logic is applied to the instrumental objectives that are necessary to have, what has been obtained has been the General Theory of the Conditional Evolution of Life as an important, individual, and very special case of the methodology of vitalist research.

This sixth method –let us recall the three basic scientific methods of the argument of a theory and the two scientific methods for its validation– is different from the previous in that it isn’t a basic scientific method but rather a compound method consisting of various forms of the argument and empirical research.

Consequently, the sixth method of the Conditional Vitalism would be classified in the theory of the complex systems that convey a special methodology of science by virtue of its particular characteristics of scientific research.

In the section related to the systems of the vital impulse of the aforementioned General Theory of the Conditional Evolution of Life, the basic characteristics of living beings are discussed and, by extension, the complex systems with vital impulse.

Once a complex system is conceptually defined, the first stage of scientific research will be to study which factors or elements affect it or technical conditions; in other words, the conditions in which they are developed and could be developed.

The complex systems must have a purpose, that is, be equipped with objectives. Even if not easily determined, objectives as well as the intermediate objectives of this type of dynamic systems should be identified in a second stage of scientific research, such as specific methods, processes, and instruments for its attainment. These objectives correspond to the logical conditions of:

  • Improvement of efficiency
  • Guarantee and certainty
  • Internal coherency and compatibility
  • Resource optimization

To the extent that a system meets the basic characteristics of the indicated living beings and we are capable of identifying a sufficient set of these derived elements, we can say that the complex system will behave as if it had a true Life impulse.

The characteristics of this research methodology of complex systems reminds me of the chaos theory and the theory of complexity as attempts at structuring elements that at a glance seem completely inconsistent or independent of each other.

Another idea relating to the complex systems and their research methodology would be the characteristics of fractals and its mathematical representations. The fractal that has always interested me has been the dynamic fractal of the flame of a bonfire.

Conditional Vitalism

Nevertheless, the topic is not so novel since, in short, it is the argument in which the modern economic theory is upheld. In fact, the entire economic theory is derived from additions of individual preferences and alternative uses which come to collect the vital impulse from the individuals.

In other branches of knowledge or in other vital systems, perhaps the true motor of the complex system is already known, but if it is unknown or if it has not been studied in-depth, and knowing the instrumental objectives as well as the latest objectives, the same research methodology could again give surprising results.

The Particle Physics Theory is the science that goes the closest to Life in principle, but scientific research goes on without finding any concrete clues about it. Perhaps its localization is not so important and it would end up useful supposing that indeed it is immersed in the physics processes. Who knows?

Let’s think about which is the motor and the forces that move the economy or research in general, or that of the political system. 

Is the social unconscious formed by individuals or culture? The political system is one of the memory managers… The administration is a set of internal mechanisms… Although a complete model could be formed, I wouldn’t want say what has to be done, nor would it be more efficient than another type of scientific research that could be better for whatever reason, or simply for being more straight forward. In cases of elevated levels of complexity the use of partial analysis models is advisable.

Even if the consequences that can be derived from the General Theory of the Conditional Evolution of Life are far-reaching, we must be conscious of the fact that Life and the vital impulse systems have existed and have followed their own internal dynamics regardless of the fact that we now find ourselves in a position to understand them better. Before Galileo, the Earth had also been revolving around the Sun!