Categories, Structure, and
Nature uses as little of anything as possible.
This chapter begins with a section on the three categories of systems—abstract, physical, and sociological—and then compares those categories with the three forms of internal control: relational, hierarchical, and integral. These categories and forms are then used consistently throughout the book. The balance of this chapter covers attributes and factors.
By definition, the elements of a system must have interrelationships, and except for a few purely static systems those elements must interact (with or without an external observer). Else, the system will do nothing except exist. How those elements interact is a function of their properties or attributes. If and when they interact depends on the dynamics (or patterns)