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Smart Cities: Challenges and Opportunities
Mohammad Ilyas
(pages: 1-6)

Bridging the Gap: Communicating to Increase the Visibility and Impact of Your Academic Work
Erin Ryan
(pages: 7-12)

Cross-Cultural Online Networking Based on Biomedical Engineering to Motivate Transdisciplinary Communication Skills
Shigehiro Hashimoto
(pages: 13-17)

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Learning Informatics
Masaaki Kunigami
(pages: 18-22)

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence and the Importance of Transdisciplinary Research
R. Cherinka, J. Prezzama, P. O'Leary
(pages: 23-28)

Emotional Communication as Complex Phenomenon in Musical Interpretation – Proposal for a Systemic Model That Promotes a Transdisciplinary Process of Self-Formation and Reflection Around Expressiveness as a Lived Experience
Fuensanta Fernández de Velazco, Eduardo Carpinteyro-Lara, Saúl Rodríguez-Luna
(pages: 29-33)

A Multi-Disciplinary Cybernetic Approach to Pedagogic Excellence
Russell Jay Hendel
(pages: 34-41)

The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in the Era of Generative AI
Vassilka D. Kirova, Cyril S. Ku, Joseph R. Laracy, Thomas J. Marlowe
(pages: 42-50)

Trans-Disciplinary Communication: Context and Semantics
Maurício Vieira Kritz
(pages: 51-57)

A Brave New World: AI as a Nascent Regime?
Jasmin Cowin, Birgit Oberer, Cristo Leon
(pages: 58-66)

The Role of Art and Science – Relational Dynamics in Human Ecology
Giorgio Pizziolo, Rita Micarelli
(pages: 67-75)

Advancing Entrepreneurship Education: An Integrated Approach to Empowering Future Innovators
Birgit Oberer, Alptekin Erkollar
(pages: 76-81)

Harmonizing Horizons: The Symphony of Human-Machine Collaboration in the Age of AI
Birgit Oberer, Alptekin Erkollar
(pages: 82-86)

How Do Students Learn Artificial Intelligence in Interdisciplinary Field of Biomedical Engineering?
Shigehiro Hashimoto
(pages: 87-91)





The Rigor of "Interdisciplinary"

Jeremy Horne

This special edition of The Journal on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (JSCI), subtitled "Rigor and Inter-Disciplinary Communication¨ contains my arguing "rigor" assumes different meanings, each variety interacting with the others inside the framework "interdisciplinary", also causing problems, beginning with Descartes saying you know something by subdividing a whole. How do we re-assemble this Humpty-Dumpty to restore the 17th century natural philosophy tradition? We need know what "interdisciplinary" means to know the context of "rigor",* after definitions, etymology, and historical backdrop. "Rigor" ostensibly is the quality, strength, and intensity of exploring ourselves and the environment. However, upon closer inspection, we see it remarkably resembling the "dropdown" word "disciplinary" inside the general "interdisciplinary", forcing the question, "what is the distinction; why is it important?". While many higher education institutions (HEI) tout their "interdisciplinary" programmes, graduate students learn very quickly upon entering graduate school their mandate: narrow your focus. Closer inspection reveals "rigor" describing discipline's force, explicitly, the granularity of a field and the academician's response, i.e., generating quality knowledge. Not to be excluded is the the disciplinarian's ethos, her/his reflecting on core values driving the academic quest. Rigor can operate at odds with interdisciplinary; students in specialized areas can compromise learning further about a larger world. Perforce, humans realizing the Universal process internalize interdisciplinary, i.e., living it, "rigor" signifying honesty. Somewhat a sidebar illustrating rigor's corruption is the peer review process, demanding others "be rigorous" (publish or perish), and the dramatic and disconcerting rise of fake and predatory journals. "Rigorous" peer review can exclude knowledge development and corrupt knowledge quality. When we dig deeper into the shaded meanings of "interdisciplinary", discovering multitudinous problems with its subset "discipline" apparently overlapping "rigor", it becomes increasingly apparent these fit inside a philosophical system. How are a discipline's boundaries determined? How is "rigor" intended? If "rigor" means specificity, how specific is specific? A flaccid use of the term – itself non-rigorous – is a double-edged, granularity dissolving into oblivion, generality disappearing into the ether. Well, then, if "interdisciplinary" exists, what is its ontological status? Here, again, is required a philosophical system. However, we have a paradox, not unlike Russell's set encompassing all sets, "rigorous" describing "rigor". Perhaps you can understand why I usually quote the word. Now, the reader might be somewhat befuddled; I intend shaking out the "why" in a future paper and book on the philosophy underpinning all the above.
* I avoid using the American punctuation style because it is illogical.

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