Introduction to the model of hierarchical complexity and its relationship to postformal action

World Futures 64 (5 - 7):305 – 320 (2008)
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The Model of Hierarchical Complexity is introduced in terms of its main concepts, background, and applications. As a general, quantitative behavioral developmental theory, the Model enables examination of universal patterns of evolution and development. Behavioral tasks are definable and their organization of information in increasingly greater hierarchical, or vertical, complexity is measurable. Fifteen orders of hierarchical complexity account for task performances across domains, ranging from those of machines to creative geniuses. The four most complex orders are demonstrated by postformal stages of thought, which measure beyond formal operations, the highest stage found by Piaget for adults.
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