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Self Test B on Knowledge Associated With Choice #13

Respond to each of the 10 multiple choice questions below by typing the number 1 to 5 of the answer you wish to select in the response box. When finished, click "process your responses".

1.  "A regularly interacting entity forming a unified whole" defines a(n) ____________________. 

1) dynamic system       2) model                      3) ecosystem 

4) system                      5) chaotic system

2. Complete the following: "The term levels of organization refers to an organized  whole (either natural or manmade) that can be understood and studied by focusing on its parts, which are organized in ___________fashion."

1) branching    2) non-linear        3) hierarchical         4) dialectic            5) algorithmic

3. Visionary folks working as planners--part of the process of creating "a future we choose"--in designing human social systems often end up  __________________. This can be thought of as bridging the gap between “what is” and “what ought to be”.

1) making a sensitivity analysis         2) fighting off system collapse         3) creating evolutionary algorithms

4) constructing feedback loops         5) making value judgments

4.  Which of the following associations is wrong?

1) in Judeo-Christian-Islamic conceptions /  God likened to a father, man likened to a child 

2) Book of Revelation / the first book of the New Testament of the Bible    

3) messianic fervor  / inspired by prophets 

4) End Times  / will play out in final battle between good vs. evil 

5) Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God /  sermon describing what awaits some in Hell 

5. "At the level of individual cells, it is unexpected that intelligence appears at higher levels of complexity. Something similar can be said for consciousness." What is being described is ____________________________.   

1) an algorithm                                  2) information flow                      3) a virtual process    

4) an emergent property                    5) none of the above 

6.  Which of the following represents the most immediate man-made global existential threat to humanity ? 

1) original sin              2) what happened to the dinosaurs         3) nuclear war 

4) discounting Armageddon theology        5) climate change

7.  There are many "what ifs" that planners may simply ignore because they are so depressing. For example suppose a religious fundamentalist man is certain that Armageddon is fast approaching, and thus has no incentive to care about his own long-term health--and definitely not the long-term environmental health of the planet. So he is determined to do whatever he pleases. This is an example of an individual's________ that could doom humanity if it were widely accepted. 

1) end of game strategy               2) wishful thinking              3) secular humanism run amok

4)   non linear thinking               5) moral hazard 

8. Imagine a situation where it is clear that--for the system being considered--"its essence can not be grasped by merely analyzing its constituent parts."  What is being described is best identified with the term ______________. 

1) feedback            2) wholism           3) levels of organization           4) algorithm           5) hierarchy

9.  Which of the following associations is wrong?

1) complexity theory / emphasizes interactions and accompanying feedback loops

2) systems / defined by boundary that closes them to mass, energy, and information flows 

3) end game strategy / can be self-fulfilling         

4) Armageddon theology / based on awaiting climactic final battle 

5) Book of Revelation / four horsemen

10. All of the following involve change as a key part of the planned operation except which one? 

1) dynamic system              2) evolutionary algorithm              3) maintenance of homeostasis 

4)  sensitivity analysis         5) metasystem transition 


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