PLS200STUDYQUESTIONS_4_5 - template can be used to gain...

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1. According to Simon, what is complexity? How did complexity arise? 2. Identify three characteristics of a complex system. What is the importance of these assumptions for a social scientist approaching complexity? 3. According to Senge, what are the primary characteristics of systems thinking? 4. Define detail complexity and dynamic complexity. How are they related to Simon’s definition? 5. Why does Senge develop his system archetypes? How are the archetypes related to circles of causality? 6. Using either the Shifting the Burden or Limits to Growth templates, illustrate how the template can be used to understand dynamic complexity. Also, illustrate how the
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Unformatted text preview: template can be used to gain leverage? 7. Why is explanation so important to the scientific study of politics? What is the relationship between explanation and causation? 8. Describe the non-covering law approach to explanation. Illustrate the non-covering law approach using some aspect of the presidential approval data presented in class. 9. Describe the covering law approach to explanation. How is the covering law approach related to the following: argument, ampliative, demonstrative, logic? 10.Describe falsification and justification. Connect each to one of the simple “if p, then q” arguments presented in class. Analyze each in terms of whether it is demonstrative and/or ampliative....
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