is primarily about discerning patterns and rules that enable
us to explain and predict what would otherwise appear to be random
phenomena. The patterns and rules provide a means for us to anticipate
or control the outcomes - and thereby to obtain a degree of mastery
over them rather than be subject to them.
Science achieves this by considering
the events it observes to be part of a 'system', and then seeking
to understand the causality in that system by carefully and systematically
experimenting with different parts of it.
Technology is similar, except
that it applies the learning of science to combine
systems in a logical manner to deliver a useful solution.
The power of this method of thinking can be seen in the degree
of physical and technological advancement all around us.
The principle that underpins this
is one of looking beyond the effects to the 'systems' that cause
them. 'Meta-' means: beyond; transcending; encompassing. A 'meta-perspective'
is one which transcends and encompasses more detailed perspectives,
and thus provides the opportunity to understand the 'systems'
that are at work.
Meta-perspectives also build on
each other to give even greater insight. For instance, at one
time, rain would have appeared random until it was associated
with certain cloud patterns (one level of meta-perspective) and
cloud patterns may have appeared random until our understanding
of meteorology developed (another level of meta-perspective).
Meta-perspectives are essential
to all scientific and technical advancement - without it, the
patterns and rules cannot be identified, and events appear random,
uncontrolled and uncontrollable.
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