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Polytely (from Greek roots poly- and -tel- meaning "many goals") can be described as complex problem-solving situations characterized by the presence of multiple simultaneous goals.[citation needed]

Modern societies face an increasing incidence of various complex problems. In other words, the defining characteristics of our complex problems are a large number of variables (complexity) that interact in a nonlinear fashion (connectivity), changing over time (dynamic and time-dependent), and to achieve multiple goals (polytely).

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  • Joachim Funke (2001). "Dynamic Systems as Tools for Analysing Human Judgement". Thinking and Reasoning 7, (1): 69–89. 
  • Robert J. Sternberg; Peter A. Frensch (1991). Complex problem solving: principles and mechanisms. Routledge. p. 186. ISBN 0-8058-0651-2. 
  • Tijana T. Ivancevic; Bojan Jovanovic; Sasa Jovanovic; Milka Djukic; Natalia Djukic (2011). Paradigm shift for future tennis: the art of tennis physiology, biomechanics, and psychology. Cognitive systems monographs 12. Springer Verlag. p. 310. ISBN 3-642-17094-3. 
  • Tilmann Betsch; Susanne Haberstroh (2005). The routines of decision making. Routledge. p. 253. ISBN 0-8058-4613-1. 

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