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Books and publications on the interaction of systems in real time by A.C.Sturt
Economics, politics, science, archaeology. Updated and corrected 14 August 2013.

Society catalogue from 4 September 2001 to 14 August 2013
history of development, books, papers

I. Full History of Development of Churinga Publishing 2001-2013

The books and papers by A.C.Sturt under the heading of Churinga Publishing describe the evolution over a period of eleven years of systems analysis applied to problems in economics, archaeology and science, restructuring in the form of processes the measurements and observations which have been reported in the literature. This produced valuable insights which were otherwise lost in detail, and challenged preconceptions which may have hindered solutions in the past. It was by its very nature multidisciplinary, and started at the beginning of processes, or at least recognised the assumptions which previous analyses made.

The paper is in two halves. The first part describes the evolution of the thinking behind the analyses, as each exposed problems which led to the next. By this process models were increasingly refined. What prompted the series was my book The Scale and Scope of Economics which identified the static model which is the basis of the current neoclassical economic theory and the problems which this causes, quite the antithesis of systems thinking. The second book A Degree of Freedom described the general basis of systems analysis in non-mathematical terms. The third book Democratic Systems applied this to democratic systems and democracy itself. The spread of the web encouraged me to publish an archaeological paper on the Neolithic Transition, and offered a way to enter scientific debate.

I began by developing a systems alternative to the cosmological Big Bang theory. This led straight into a modification of Newton’s Second Law, questioned relativity and its interpretation of time, proposed a model of light which reconciled particle and wave duality, suggested a new structure of the atom and the nucleus, and a possible mechanism for gravitational attraction. The key to all this was to reintroduce the concept of the medium of space, this time with electromagnetic properties, which shed a new light on the use of ‘fields’ in physics. Finally, the same methodology was applied to Darwinian natural selection and evolution, both Universal and human.

The second part of the paper is in the form of an Appendix with summaries of each of the individual books and papers and links to facilitate reference.

© A.C.Sturt 10 March 2010

links added 29 July 2010, more text and links in document added 28 August 2010, updated 9 December 2011, updated 14 August 2013.

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II. Books

The Scale and Scope of Economics
(or economics in real time)
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Book in hardback
ISBN 0-9526736-2-2
©1984 A. C. Sturt
first edition
269 pages
including index
50 figures and 1 table.

Jacket price GBP19.99

A new theory of economics as a real time process comprising growth and development from their beginnings. The analysis is descriptive and aimed at economists and all those who need a realistic understanding of the processes of economic change: business people, politicians, engineers, scientists, administrators and all who find the current economic orthodoxy like believing three impossible things before breakfast.

The analysis shows that economies evolve through the continual differentiation of products and processes, here termed 'economies of scope', which complement and enable economies of scale. Technology produces differentiation and acts as a ratchet on economic progress. Technological innovation drives it on notch by notch. The process depends on creativity, the formation of learning systems and the development of organisation for innovation. A new diagrammatic representation is used to illustrate flows through economies. In this paradigm economic growth results not from financial manipulation but from investment in people, in the institutions which support them and in the equipment which transforms information, materials and energy into outputs. Current theory treats these as incidental to the main interaction of prices and quantities on supply/demand schedules, but these ignore time and energy as variables, which is leading to wrong prescriptions and instability. The new model is needed now.

Available from bookshops or direct from Churinga Publishing, Po Box 1133, Guildford, GU1 9NA, UK.
order form for The Scale and Scope of Economics

Also available on Kindle as ISBN 978-0-9526736-5-1 from 8 August 2011

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Democratic Systems Democratic Systems thumbnail

Book in hardback
ISBN 0-9526736-0-6
©1994 A. C. Sturt
first edition
103 pages
including index
7 figures and 2 tables

Jacket price GBP11.99

An innovative analysis of modern industrial democracy as a system, including the four national 'subsystems' which are its foundation, law, education, health and broadcasting, as well as the democratic system as a whole. Democracy is a goal-seeking political system which must obey the rules of systems. Systems methodology illustrated by simple novel diagrams gives fresh insights into its dynamics and the interaction of its component parts. Explicit goals are proposed for the legal, education, health and broadcasting subsystems and for the system of democracy itself.

Political decisions in national systems often bring about the very situation which they were designed to prevent, because of conflicting goals and interactions. This new analysis suggests co-ordinated goals which a democracy and these four main subsystems should be trying to achieve for all its citizens. Free flow of information is vital to the functioning of democratic systems. Secrecy impedes their efficient operation.

It is shown through analysis of the quantity and flows of information that governments have a central role to play in national decision-making. If governments do not play their part, the ensuing laissez-faire eventually becomes unworkable and society seizes up. However, totally centralised decision-making results in inertia and eventually chaos, as information chokes decision-making. Representative democracy is the system which overcomes these deficiencies, and surprisingly it is shown that technology is what makes democracy the only system likely to be successful in the long run.

Available from bookshops or direct from Churinga Publishing, Po Box 1133, Guildford, GU1 9NA, UK.
order form for Democratic Systems

Also available on Kindle as ISBN 978-0-9526736-3-7 from 26 July 2011

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III. Papers free on line in reverse order of publication.
Earlier papers have been submitted to journals for publication.
(see also Original texts and Submissions to journals)

Meaning of Homogeneity through Time


© A. C. Sturt 2004

Homogeneity through Time
1 December 2004

The concepts of homogeneity through time and space explained. Follow-up paper to questions at Royal Society Scientific Discussion Meeting : the nature of mathematical proof, Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 October 2004.

See also Physics and Mathematics in the Science Index.

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Hunter/gatherer to Farmer

Archaeology Monograph
© A. C. Sturt 2001

A Terrifying Creativity - from Hunter/Gatherer to Farmer,
the Neolithic Transition
4 September 2001

The dynamics of man's progress from hunter/gatherer to settled farmer using the methodology of learning systems.
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