Systems Thinking : unlocking the myth of Tree of Life. Attempts in co-relating the theory of Tree of Life, Taichi Yin-Yang Five Elements Trinity i±1 System, Traditional Chinese Medicine Differential Diagnosis-Cure Process, Schemas Theory, Relational Science, DSRP Theory, Five Aggregates of Human Mind System by Buddha, and Cognitive Process of Consciousness


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General systems theories have been developing with the aim of understanding the general fundamental components and relationships of knowledge across different disciplines. After 60 years of hard work and academic exchanges, many modern Western systems theories have developed with a variety of terminologies, illustrating the relationships between observers and decision makers, between systems and environment, and between the organizational forces of systems (decreases entropy with emerging effect) and the chaotic forces of the 2nd law of thermodynamics (increases entropy with de-emerging effect). In order to enrich and enlighten further development of the theories, ancient Eastern wisdoms from Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (
儒釋道醫) have been analyzed with modern systems terminologies for the “Integral East-West Systems Thinking” project by the Ancient Balance Medicine Research Institute.

Tree of Life” is a term and concept that appeared in different ancient cultures. The one that is being investigated is the Hermetic version of Tree of Life, Qabalah, as illustrated by with 10 spheres or “planes” of creation which are individually called Sephira. Other versions have more relationships between the spheres, for example, the Jewish and the Christian version. The research challenge lies in how to co-relate these 10 spheres with the numbers 2 in Ying-Yang by Taoism, 3 in Heaven-Earth-Human Trinity by Confucianism, 4 in Distictions-Systems-Relationships-Perspectives theory of analysis by Derek Cabrera, 5 in Five Elements Differential Diagnosis-Cure Process by Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Aggregates Human Mind Systems by Buddha, Five Virtues by Confucianism, Five components in R-theory of Relational Sciences by John Kineman, 13 in the 5+3+5 levels in Emergent Meta-system in Schemas Thoery by Kent Palmer, and 15 in the 3×5 levels in the Taichi Yin-Yang Five Elements Trinity i±1 System by Ancient Balance Medicine Research Institute. All theories seem to attempt to release the boundary of duality between the physical world with precise engineering and the world of consciousness with fuzzy cognitive processes, and eventually develop different united non-dual systems thinkings. The research in this paper has found a possible set of co-relations among these different systems thinkings, by analyzing in a systemic manner, the structure of the components and relationships, and their corresponding properties and transformations.

It is believed that the bridging of these Ancient-Modern East-West (古今中西)systems thinkings would inspire more research and academic exchanges, leading to a more holistic worldview for understanding ourselves and the world around us.

2018 Workshop 工作坊: International Society for the Systems Sciences ISSS 62th conference Health and Systems Thinking Special Integration Group SIG Sunday Workshop #isss62 國際系統科學協會第62屆國際研討會健康與系統思維特別整合分組工作坊

  1. Optimizing five principles

    Systems Basics: Learning from the principles embedded in Nature to optimize the principles affecting human concentrations and consciousness – the systems thinking of the Eastern Five Aggregates Human Mind system as taught by Buddha
    系統論基礎工作坊:從學習自然界法則來優化影響專注力及意識的法則 – 藉以理解人類思想的系統性與佛學五蘊的東方系統思維 

  2. Optimizing three principals

    Optimizing five principals

    Optimizing 13 principals

    Systems Basics: Learning from the principles embedded in Nature to optimize the principles affecting Insomnia and consciousness – the systems thinking in the Eastern Taichi Yin-Yang Five Elements system in Traditional Chinese Medicine
    系統論基礎工作坊:從學習自然界法則來優化影響失眠及意識的法則 – 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

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Call for Papers: Theme — Innovation and Optimization in Nature and Design

The 2018 ISSS Conference will explore foundational discoveries about the nature of complex systems which are now arising from research in systems disciplines such as Systems Biology, Systems Medicine, Systems Psychology, Systems Economics, Complexity Science and General Systems Research.

Over the last few decades many academic fields have developed systems specializations in order to investigate the systemic aspects of their subject areas, and in these areas there is a search for systems concepts and principles under such notions as design principles, organizing principles, channelling functions, and optimality principles.  The 2018 Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) will bring together these specialised strands of work, laying foundations for establishing the profound systems science that would enable us to design and optimize for elegant functionality and enduring value at any level of complexity.

We invite abstracts for presentation of papers, posters and workshops about the conference theme specifically or in connection with the themes of the ISSS’s Systems Integration Groups (SIGs) and Exploratory Groups, which are listed below.

Fuzziness: the accuracy of the other half (Department of academicians Popular Science. primary and secondary school science quality education library )(Chinese Edition) 模糊性–精确性的另一半 ISBN: 7302042063


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Paperback. Pub Date: 2011 Jun Pages: 149 Language: Chinese in Publisher: Tsinghua University Press. Jinan University Press precise and fuzzy is a contradiction. under different circumstances. sometimes requires accurate. sometimes requires fuzzy. Added fuzzy mathematics in traditional mathematical content. will be more conducive to the cultivation of people thinking ability and scientific quality. Academicians Popular Science Department. primary and secondary school science quality education library vagueness: the accuracy of the other half (Amendment). describes the basic concepts of fuzzy sets and fuzzy logic. Principles and Applications of Fuzzy Control and development prospects. Contents: a few basic concepts 1.1 collection of propositions and logical relations 1.3 1.4 collection features 1.2 mapping function from accurate to 2.1 fuzzy fuzzy subset the 2.2 image recognit...
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Introduction to the Fuzzy methodology for Traditional Chinese Medicine 中医模糊方法导论

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上海科技专著出版资金资助上海交通大学学术出版基金资助 目录 第1章 绪论 1.1 实际引例 1.2 传统中医中的模糊现象俯拾皆是 1.3 模糊性的哲学基础 1.4 中医中模糊性事物的数学描述 1.5 中医与模糊的天然联系 1.6 模糊技术的应用及中医模糊方法的发展 第2章 中医中的经典集与模糊集 2.1 中医中的经典集合、映射和模糊集合 2.2 两类集合的运算及中医中的实例 2.3 中医中的直积和关系 2.4 模糊集合与经典集合的联系 第3章 中医模糊方法的基础——隶属(度)函数的确定 3.1 隶属函数可以成为中医量化的一个手段一实际引例 3.2 用统计方法求中医模糊集的隶属函数 3.3 中医处方优选的二元对比排序法 3.4 二元对比倒数法求健康隶属度 3.5 中医症状量化一模糊数的概念及其应用 3.6 本章小结 第4章 中医模糊模式识别 4.1 中医模糊模式识别概述 4.2 从邮政编码识别到舌象仪的模板匹配原理 4.3 中医模糊模式识别中“个体识别——最大隶属度原则”的应用 4.4 中医模糊模式识别中“群体识别——最大贴近度原则”的应用 4.5 肝炎后肝硬化中医模糊模式识别实例 第5章 中医模糊聚类分析 5.1 中医中模糊关系合成的常用性质 5.2 分解定理和扩张原理及其在中医中的一个应用 5.3 关系及中医模糊关系的自反、对称、传递等性质 5.4 中医模糊等价关系和相似关系 5.5 模糊聚类分析中模糊相似矩阵的建立 5.6 模糊聚类分析中的传递偏差及模糊聚类分析的步骤 第6章 中医模糊综合评判 6.1 综合评判、模糊综合评判与中医模糊综合评判 6.2 中医一级模糊综合评判及其逆问题 6.3 中医中算子模型、权重、评判指标及评判矩阵的讨论 6.4 中医多级模糊综合评判 第7章 中医模糊预测与决策 7.1 预测、模糊预测与中医模糊预测 7.2 模糊预测原理、方法及生理和医学上的应用实例 7.3 模糊决策原理、方法及中医中的一个应用 7.4 其他模糊预测与决策方法介绍 附录 参考文献 后记 序言 我与朱训生教授都是20世纪60年代的大学生和我国机械工程的首批工学博士。他原毕业于复旦大学数学系,在那史无前例的特殊历史时期,分配到某机械厂生产现场锻炼十几年并自学机械;恢复研究生招生后报考上海交通大学机械系。我则在西安交通大学机械系。我们不但神交已久,且在国家自然科学基金课题汇报会、学术交流会、成果展示会等科技活动中,经常谋面;以他为第1完成人的课题组,将现代数学与精密加工、精密测量结合,1992年和1997年先后获国家教育委员会科技进步奖(甲类)2等奖和发明2等奖,1998年获国家技术发明奖4等奖;此后在学术会议上却多年不见其身影,原来他大病一场。然而他从小喜欢的中医,特别是1989年起应上海针灸经络研究所之邀合作针灸课题学习的医学知识给他帮助不小,这次他索性针对自己的病钻研起医学来,博采各医院、众医生及多种医学文献之长,几年后竟痊愈了,很多人包括很多医生都啧啧称奇。近年我正从事交叉学科研究,呼吁重视理工交叉,工管交叉,机、电、热、声、光、计一体化,医工结合,2005年我与他重逢,得知他病中与病后竟还完成了多个中医与工程结合的课题,我大喜过望,我呼吁的交叉范围更扩大了。 利用现代科技手段来实现中医药现代化是大家所盼望的。但在实践中一些人简单地将它变成了西医化,引起老中医反感。朱训生教授扎扎实实地深入到中医药领域,老老实实地学习中医药理论,切切实实地与中医医师合作,尝试将工程方法与古老的中医文化接轨,他和合作者及双方学生一起从大量实际数据出发,严严实实地进行数据分析、处理、归纳、挖掘,借用在很多工程领域使用得很成熟的一些方法来解决传统中医药学术中的一些问题,取得了初步成功。 table of Contents Chapter 1 Introduction 1.1 Actual cited examples 1.2 Ambiguities in Traditional Chinese Medicine 1.3 The Philosophical Foundation of Ambiguity 1.4 Mathematical Description of Ambiguous Things in Traditional Chinese Medicine 1.5 The natural connection between traditional Chinese medicine and vagueness 1.6 Application of Fuzzy Technology and Development of Fuzzy Methods in Traditional Chinese Medicine Chapter 2 Classical and Fuzzy Sets in Traditional Chinese Medicine 2.1 Classical Collection, Mapping and Fuzzy Collection in Traditional Chinese Medicine 2.2 Two sets of operations and examples in Chinese medicine 2.3 Direct Product and Relationship in Traditional Chinese Medicine 2.4 The relationship between fuzzy sets and classic collections Chapter 3 Basics of Fuzzy Method of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Determination of Subordinate (Degree) Functions 3.1 Membership functions can be a means of quantification in Chinese medicine - a practical example 3.2 Finding membership functions of TCM fuzzy sets by statistical methods 3.3 Binary Contrast Sorting Method for Traditional Chinese Medicine Prescription 3.4 Binary comparison reciprocal method for healthy membership 3.5 The concept of quantifying a fuzzy number in TCM symptoms and its application 3.6 Summary of this chapter Chapter 4 Fuzzy Pattern Recognition of Traditional Chinese Medicine 4.1 Overview of Fuzzy Pattern Recognition in Traditional Chinese Medicine 4.2 Template Matching from Postal Code Recognition to Tongue Imager 4.3 Application of "Individual Identification - Principle of Maximum Degree of Membership" in TCM Pattern Recognition 4.4 Application of "Group Identification - Principle of Maximum Closeness Degree" in TCM Pattern Recognition 4.5 Examples of Fuzzy Pattern Recognition of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Posthepatitic Cirrhosis Chapter 5 TCM Fuzzy Cluster Analysis 5.1 Common Properties of Fuzzy Relation Synthesis in Traditional Chinese Medicine 5.2 Decomposition Theorem and Expansion Principle and Its Application in Traditional Chinese Medicine 5.3 Relationships and reflexivity, symmetry, transmission, etc. 5.4 TCM Fuzzy Equivalent Relationship and Similarity Relationship 5.5 Establishment of Fuzzy Similarity Matrix in Fuzzy Clustering Analysis 5.6 Transfer Bias in Fuzzy Cluster Analysis and the Steps of Fuzzy Cluster Analysis Chapter 6 Fuzzy Comprehensive Evaluation of Traditional Chinese Medicine 6.1 Comprehensive Evaluation, Fuzzy Comprehensive Evaluation and Fuzzy Comprehensive Evaluation of Traditional Chinese Medicine 6.2 TCM First Level Fuzzy Comprehensive Evaluation and Its Inverse Problem 6.3 Discussion on Operator Model, Weights, Judgement Criteria and Judgment Matrix in Traditional Chinese Medicine 6.4 Multilevel Fuzzy Comprehensive Evaluation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Chapter 7 TCM Fuzzy Prediction and Decision 7.1 Prediction, Fuzzy Prediction and TCM Fuzzy Prediction 7.2 Principles and Methods of Fuzzy Prediction and Examples of Physiological and Medical Applications 7.3 Fuzzy Decision Principles, Methods and an Application in Traditional Chinese Medicine 7.4 Introduction to Other Fuzzy Prediction and Decision Methods appendix references postscript Preface Professor Zhu Xunsheng and I were both university students in the 1960s and the first batch of engineering doctorates in China's mechanical engineering. He graduated from the Department of Mathematics of Fudan University. In an unprecedented historical period, he was assigned to a mechanical factory to produce on-site exercise for more than ten years and self-learning machinery. After resuming postgraduate enrollment, he applied to the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Shanghai Jiaotong University. I am in the Mechanical Department of Xi'an Jiaotong University. We have not only divine exchanges for a long time, but we have often met in scientific and technological activities such as the National Natural Science Foundation project briefing, academic exchanges, and product exhibitions. We have used the task of the first person to set up modern mathematics and precision machining and precision. Measure combination, 1992 and 1997 won the National Education Commission Science and Technology Progress Award (A) 2nd Prize and Invention 2nd Prize, and won the 4th National Technology Invention Award in 1998; it has not been seen in the academic conference for many years. It turned out that he was seriously ill. However, the Chinese medicine that he liked since he was a child, especially since 1989, has been assisted by the Shanghai Acupuncture and Meridian Research Institute in the cooperation of acupuncture and moxibustion. This time, he has been assisting his ailments in the development of medicine. The length of the doctors and many medical literatures was cured several years later. Many people, including many doctors, were amazed. In recent years, I am engaged in cross-discipline research, calling for attention to the intersection of science and engineering, cross-sectoral management, integration of mechanics, electricity, heat, sound, light, and instrumentation, and integration of medical work. In 2005, I reunited with him and learned that he was ill and sick. I have also completed a number of topics in the combination of traditional Chinese medicine and engineering. I am overjoyed and the scope of my appeal is even wider. It is everyone's hope to use modern scientific and technological means to realize the modernization of Chinese medicine. However, in practice, some people simply turned it into western medicine, which caused an aversion to old Chinese medicine. Professor Zhu Xunsheng took a solid and in-depth understanding of the field of traditional Chinese medicine, honestly studied the theories of traditional Chinese medicine, and practically collaborated with TCM physicians to try to integrate engineering methods with ancient Chinese medicine culture. He and his partners and students from both sides learned a lot from actual data. Starting from this, data analysis, processing, induction, and excavation were conducted rigorously, and some methods used in many fields of engineering were used to solve some problems in traditional Chinese medicine academics, and initial successes were achieved.
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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

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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.


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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.


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辨證論治-太極陰陽表裏寒熱虛實 TCM Differential diagnosis-cure process – Taichi, Yin-Yang, Superficial-Internal, Cold-Hot, Deficient Excess

From emptiness to Yin-Yang, Superficial-Internal, Cold-Hot, Deficient Excess
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Power of differentiation 分辨力,
1. Taichi from Wu Chi


2. Yin-Yang


Ideal system state
3. Balanced
Definition 定義
Desire 欲得 

4. Deficient of essence (Good)

5. Excess of toxin (Evil)


6.Deficient + Excess

perspective 觀點,
7. Taichi within Taichi

system need Cool down strategy


Cold system need Heat up strategy