To do research on the structure of complex systems, through the knowledge of concepts that regulate them, is probably one of the most difficult tasks when developing methods of fundamental analysis.
Only operative concepts can be forged and that is why these certainly belong to the world of sciences.
Functional concepts include laws of evolution that go beyond systemic sciences and which belong to the world of complexity sciences. It is easier to research the extrinsic concepts than the intrinsic ones.
Extrinsic concepts can be validated through observable experiences. Instead, intrinsic concepts can only be validated through the forecast of their behavior, the measurement of the actual behavior occurring and the validation of the conceptual structure when there is a total certainty of such forecast.
That is why the research of intrinsic concepts requires an extreme amount of “chronological” time.
See the unicist complexity research framework:
NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute is the major research organization in the world in its specialty based on more than 3,500 researches, until September 2010, in complexity science applied to individual, institutional and social evolution. The applicative researches are based on the discovery of the Ontogenetic Intelligence of Nature and the consequent Unicist Ontology of Evolution.