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Are systems real?
It is possible that many 'systems' don't really exist at all except in our minds and by agreement and cooperation with others. In this sense they describe how we and others generally behave.


System models
At best any system model gives us one of many possible views of something of interest. One should be skeptical about the validity of the view contained in the particular model chosen or developed. Reality is also multi-layered, embedded, complex and inter-connected. Models have the advantage of being neat, tidy, simple, manageable... Reality is less cooperative.  The 'word is not the thing'.


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