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SUMMARY

the problems of yesterday and last weeks answers may not solve this weeks dilemmas The view of complex social systems developed here out of the insights of Niklas Luhmann show us how "Complex Hierarchical Reflexivity," the special reflexive structure of social systems provides the answer to meeting the contingencies of life in a sea of excess variety. It also points out the dangers in social policies which limit variety or attempt to impose outside ideologies on indigenous cultures. Most important, however, is that it describes the role of self-reflexivity. We live in a contingent universe where the problems we face tomorrow may not be related to yesterdays answers. In this rapidly changing contingent world every member of society must exercise his own critical faculties, must learn to live in what Joseph Agassi calls a "continuing revolution." That means living with a conscious critical attitude toward the very structures upon which we depend for the stability of our world. The answers to tomorrows problems may very well be found in the deepest recesses of that variety we are willing to allow within our cultural heritage. The solutions to unexpected contingencies will only be found by searching in unfamiliar places

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