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Part of a 5-fold Pattern Language.
Subsequently published in Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1986)
Physical At intersections where two roads meet, accidents are less frequent when the roads meet in three-way T junctions rather than in four-way junctions involving crossing movements.
Social The potential for conflict in any inter-organizational environment is reduced when two programmes interact in a mutually entraining manner with a common resultant rather than when an effort is made to maintain the orientation of each toward unrelated outcomes, overriding the frustration and interruption engendered by the interference of the other.
Conceptual The potential for disagreement in any conceptual domain is reduced when two lines of research interact in a mutally entraining manner with a common resultant, rather than when each line of thought is pursued, irrespective of the influence exerted by the other and the necessity of overriding the interference and discontinuity it causes.
Psychic The potential for cognitive dissonance within any mode of awareness is reduced when two distinct perceptual processes merge into a common third process, rather than when each is pursued, irrespective of the influence of the other and the necessity of overriding the interference and discontinuity to which its insights give rise.
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