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Complexity Thinking: Science in the Age of Alternative Truths-bookcover

By: Cornelis Pieter Pieters

Complexity Thinking: Science in the Age of Alternative Truths

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Many scholars agree that we are currently living in post-ideological times, and that the role of religion and social ideology has become increasingly limited as a means to organise society. Some even talk of a ‘post-truth’ era, as truth itself has become suspect, and public debate has become infected with terms such as ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative truths.’ In fact, in many scientific areas the notions of truth, objectivity and fact are being questioned, and are often even considered instruments that aim to perpetuate relationships of power of elites.

This book aims to take a position in these debates by looking at the often-implicit associations behind truth, objectivity, and fact. By taking a complexity-informed, dialectical approach, a more encompassing understanding of these concepts can be developed, that both respects the formidable achievements of science, while being sensitive to the critique that has been raised, most notably by postmodern thought.


Kees Pieters has a technical background, with degrees in information science and artificial intelligence. In 2010 he defended his PhD in Humanistic Studies on the subject of complex systems and complexity thinking. Complexity thinking is characterised by intertwining science, philosophy, methodology and professional practices. Ever since his defence he has further developed his understanding the role of patterns as precursor of information.

Kees has published on topics of technology, innovation, and their impact on society. He currently lives in the beautiful medieval town of Deventer in his home country of the Netherlands.


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