Systems Basics: Systemic solutions with evidence-based medicine for relief from Insomnia – the systems thinking for everyone’s body through Traditional Chinese Medicine on the systems science of Taichi Yin-Yang Five Elements 系統論基礎工作坊:循證醫學緩解失眠的探討 – 藉以理解人類身體的系統性與中醫藥學之太極陰陽五行天地人的東方系統思維

 International Society for the Systems Sciences 61th conference

Sunday Afternoon workshop: 

Insomnia has become a modern city sickness. Research has been carried out to evaluate different Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments using evidence-based medicine methodologies. The cause of insomnia may come from one or more of the five elements systems, including the Wood mental system, the Fire emotional system, the Metal behavioural system, the Water spiritual system, and the Earth physical system (with one or more of its five sub-systems).

From this analysis we will try to find the common structure and relationship that can be generalized using systems thinking which could be applied to treat different sickness and promote healthcare. Research has shown that this systems thinking is rooted in the fundamental concept in traditional Chinese culture since around 500BC. The concept is also embedded in the teaching of Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The traditional Chinese system theories under investigation include the Taichi yin-yang system theory, the Five systems theory of the human mind, and the Traditional Chinese Medicine differential diagnosis-cure process. These theories are found to be related to different modern system theories including Viable system model.

Taichi yin-yang system theory describes the relationship between any two entities (element/process) at any level of interest. It concerns the quantitative and qualitative changes between the entities. This is related to causal loop diagram (CLD) in system dynamics which uses reinforcing loop and balancing loop. The observer is not specified in the theories, but the perspectives of the observer actually determine the entities, the unit of quantitative changes, and the ratio of qualitative changes. The Five systems theory of the human mind is one of the important concepts developed in the teaching of Buddha. The Five systems are: awareness, perspective, sensation, action and physical object. These five systems can be used to describe the properties of the observer and the decision maker.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine differential diagnosis-cure process is a practical systemic process that has been used daily for more than 2000 years. It is believed that the whole macroscopic-microscopic spectrum of systems can be suitably accommodated. The system state identification involves three pairs of direction-forming spectrums. The Superficial and Internal spectrum gathers information between the boundary and the system. The Cold and Hot spectrum gathers information between the form and function, or matter and energy within the system. The Deficient and Excess spectrum gathers information between the environment and the system. Strategy can then be formulated to regulate and maintain the system.


Happy Birthday to my dear teacher Buddha



My Gratitude to Buddha… Thank you for teaching me how to look after the physical body. Thank you for teaching me how to manage the emotional mind. Thank you for teaching me the correct mental perception of kindness. Thank you for showing me how to live a life that is full of charitable behavior. Thank you for revealing the wisdom of Impermanence, Dissatisfaction, and Egolessness.

發自 from 黃炎 E C

System wholeness and Unity in Diversity within ISSS 2016 系統的完整性與系統界之求同存異、博大精深、見微知著、對立統一。

中醫藥工程學 Traditional Chinese Medicine Engineering

Chicken or egg first 先有雞還是先有雞蛋?

-國際系統科學協會第60屆週年國際研討會 The 60th Annual World Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences

-健康與系統思維特別融合小組 Health and System thinking Special Integration Group

Workshop : 2016.07.24 University of Colorado, USA.

-系統論基礎工作坊:佛學的東方系統思維 - 以天人合一理解系統完整性 Systems Basics in Understanding System Wholeness “Reuniting Nature and Humanity”: The Oriental Systems Thinking in the teaching of Buddha.

Presentation: System wholeness and Unity in Diversity within ISSS 系統的完整性與系統界之求同存異、博大精深、見微知著、對立統一。

Abstract: A better way to explain the wholeness from an oriental point of view is the major direction of our research, but in the end it seems to coincide with modern Western systems thinking such as Relational-theory and DSRP systems thinking, as well as physics and mathematics. The first step starts from the concentration on the parts as in Reductionistic thinking, to the concentration on wholeness as in Systems thinking. Both schools of thought are important in their corresponding applications. The second step involves the combination of the observer and decision maker into the system, similar to the five aggregates human mind system in the teaching of Buddha, and the Relational-Theory by John Kineman. But finally the structure of the environment also need to be included for the sack of wholeness, similar to Schema theory by Kent Palmer. Now all three are coming together and forming the much better wholeness. However, this is only the structure and properties of the wholeness, and there is also the diagnostic and regulative part from Traditional Chinese Medicine, which could be the application part of systems theory in real life problem solving. Together they are very promising in forming the wholeness of systems theory and systems practice.

The structures and functions of human body in Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the oriental system thinking of Taichi Yin-Yang structures and functions. Researches show that similar structures and functions are found in modern Western systems theories which are composed of systems, observers and decision makers, and the environment. TCM employs different systemic models to diagnose the human body. However, all these models employ the common 3D structure of Superficial-Internal, Cold-Hot, and Deficient-Excess spectrums. This oriental systems thinking seems promising in combining with modern Western systems theory in the application of system diagnosis and re-balancing. It is hoped that the combination of the east-west systems thinking will finally help human understanding in solving the modern complex problems.

Chinese writing, English writing, Middle East writing emerging from different directions will in the end all occupy the whole paper to express the intended ideas, emotion, systems, instructions, and knowledge. Different systemic models arise together with their corresponding observers and decision makers. That is, people located with different geometrical properties, from Southern or Northern part of china. In addition, people with different properties because of the different state of their civilization, either at war or peace, lack of or over-supply of food, too much leisure or too much hard work. That is to say, the systemic model is also related to the environment, combined and emerged into the perspectives part, the water sub-system, of the whole system.


-Traditional Chinese Medicine Engineering by Tomas www.YinYangBalance.Asia

-中醫藥工程學 - 黃炎 – www.陰陽平衡.com

-Schemas Theory Research Initiative by Kent Palmer

-Relational Theory by John Kineman

-DSRP systems thinking by Derek Cabrera

-Platonic Solids in All Dimensions:



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The Formation of Systems 系統之生成

無極Wu Chi -The state beyond differentiation, beyond set theory. It is a reluctant representation by Loazi because it is beyond our words. Maybe it is the same state as Nibbana in the teaching of Buddha, which is also reluctantly named but not describable by any word or thought. He said it is beyond our matter and minds, beyond our reactions, sensations, perceptions and imaginations, but within the awareness of the observer. And is achievable through a set of describable procedures of practice. Therefore, it would be beyond our known universe of space and time.

太極 Taichi – The perception, perspective, theme, thought, incident or system.

太極動而分陰陽 Once Taichi is in action, Yin and yang appears at the same time. - The fundamental holistic point of view of anything in our observable universe. This ability of separate Yin and Yang from the Wu Chi is the Power of organization.

陰陽平衡 Balanced State - A balanced Taichi Yin-Yang system will be stable , efficient and long lasting.

陰陽太過不及 Unbalanced State - Systems can be either too much or too little. These systems are deem to get sick, unstable , inefficient. Finally the system will fall apart and the corresponding Taichi, Yin and Yang will return to Wu Chi once again.

These symbols describe the changes in the Taichi Yin-Yang system for thousands of years. However these symbols are strangers to people like us, who are brought up with western education including theories of logic, mathematics, graphics and states. Therefore we introduce the Good & Evil Yin Yang Chart, geometry, set theory, Venn diagram, graphics and tables to analyze the Taichi Yin-Yang system.

It is a believed that everything need to be balanced. But Traditional Chinese Medicine clearly state how, and have a set of step by step procedures to describe the structures, functions, the balanced state, the possible unbalanced states, their behaviours, the influences that affects the systems and the different classes of proper strategies that can be employed to bring the system back to a healthy balanced state.

Full paper 論文全文:

THE QUEST FOR A GENERAL SYSTEM THEORY FOR ANY PARTICULAR PERSPECTIVE – does it ever exist or has it been there all the time? 尋找適用於任何一個觀點的廣義系統論 – 是尋新還是尋舊?


Sciences have been developed throughout human history in order to search for a set of basic components and their relationships to one another within a certain field. System thinkers try to find a basic set of components and relationships that can be applied to all fields of science. System thinking enables the view of a big picture in a holistic perspective, so that all components, relationships, and transformations can be clearly understood by the observer.

In any system, an observer is required in order for analysis occur. In physics, speed and time do not mean anything without the frame of reference of an observer. The frame of reference of the observer determines the perspective of the analysis of the system. An observer can try to analyze a system objectively, however, being objective only means that the analysis is agreeable by a certain population of observers. There will always be a larger population of observers and hence the analysis is always relatively subjective. Objective analysis with either “no perspective” or “all perspective” is impossible, any analysis will instead take on one of an infinite number of possible perspectives.

In this paper, the properties of a general theory which can be applied in any particular perspective are analyzed. Some of the existing fundamental theories in different fields are investigated; including set theory in mathematics, relativity in physics, differential diagnosis-cure process in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taichi Yin-Yang theory in Taoism, and Five Systems theory in the teaching of Buddha.

Full paper

Published in Australia and New Zealand Society’s  ANZSYS Conference 2008

尋找適用於任何一個觀點的廣義系統論 – 是尋新還是尋舊? THE QUEST FOR A GENERAL SYSTEM THEORY FOR ANY PARTICULAR PERSPECTIVE – does it ever exist or has it been there all the time?





英文全文 Full paper

Published in Australia and New Zealand System Society’s 澳大利亞與新西蘭系統學會   ANZSYS Conference 2008 年研討會發表