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Communication requirements in an adaptive society

  • Fred Emery
  • Merrelyn Emery
Part of the International series on the quality of working life book series (IQWL, volume 4)

Abstract

Our scenario for an adaptive society is presented in Futures We’re In. We still think that this scenario presents Australia’s most probable future. Short of some natural calamity we do not think Australia will be turned from this course, during the next quarter-century. an appendix A we explain why we discard the prospect, not of war itself, but of a war reversing this basic trend.) That scenario did not focus on communication. To try to unravel that thread we follow two guide-lines:
  1. 1.

    communications technology is the leading part in technological development but in human society human communication is a secondary property: It is and has always been a necessary condition for human beings to act socially. Not, however, a sufficient condition. Many situations can be observed where communication channels exist but are not used. In many situations communications can reduce social activity;

     
  2. 2.

    the most important of the sufficient conditions for human communication lie in a society’s choice between the two basic designs for social organization.

     

Keywords

Communication Requirement Lateral Communication Redundant Part Natural Calamity Purposeful Behaviour 
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Copyright information

© H. E. Stenfert Kroese b.v., Leiden, the Netherlands 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred Emery
    • 1
  • Merrelyn Emery
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Continuing EducationANUCanberraAustralia

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