The principle of continuity, longevity and perpetuation of the life of human systems

as a basis for the mathematical theory of human behavior and activity: 

Part 1. Quantitative interpretation of the principle of continuity, longevity and perpetuation of human life


By Pavel Barseghyan

Texas and Armenia




All actions and different types of activities of people and human systems pursue one goal: with highest probability to ensure the continuity and longevity with highest quality of their oun life.

This suggests that the desire of human beings for the continuity and longevity of their lives can be turned into a scientific principle that can explain the behavior and activities of human systems of different scales, as well as predict their near and distant future.

Moreover, the principle of continuity and longevity of human life can also serve as an axiomatic basis for building an adequate mathematical theory of the life, behavior, and activity of human systems.

The present work is devoted to the construction of mathematical models of human behavior and activities based on the principle of continuity and longevity of life.


The challenges facing humanity, in the form of overpopulation, depletion of natural resources, accumulation of non-disappearing garbage, ecological and other environmental problems, raise many fundamental issues related to the continuity and longevity of human life.

Often the main reason for the difficulties in resolving such issues is the lack of a common scientific approach to the conceptual explanation of life, behavior and activities of humans and human systems and their management.

In this sense, a natural question arises about what can be a general principle in a conceptual sense that can just as successfully explain the life and activities of an individual, the structure of organizations and their dynamics, phenomena and processes at the state and civilizational level, and so on.

In other words, what should be the general principle of an axiomatic nature that can be applied to the explanation and management of the life, behavior and activities of the human system of an arbitrary nature?

Even superficial observations of human life and the activities of human systems show that their main desire is to ensure the continuity, longevity and systematic improvement of existing life.

According to a slightly different definition, the indicated desire, according to which people always want to achieve the maximum of their generalized benefit in all situations, is equivalent to the principle of the same egoism, but at the level of the human system or group of people, which at the same time implies the presence of intragroup altruism as a prerequisite for existence.

One side piece of evidence for this obvious claim is the fact that, on average, human history is a history of an increase in the duration and quality of human life.

In addition, another fact that speaks of the desire of people to the life continuation and its longevity is that a normal human system never tends to self-destruction, another thing is that due to circumstances, having no other choice, people accept their defeat or not having alternatives, they commit suicide, preferring non-existence to what they consider to be the worst existence.


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How to cite this paper: Barseghyan, P. (2020). The principle of continuity, longevity and perpetuation of the life of human systems as a basis for the mathematical theory of human behavior and activity:  Part 1. Quantitative interpretation of the principle of continuity, longevity and perpetuation of human life; PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue XII, December.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/pmwj100-Dec2020-Barseghyan-Principle-of-Continuity-Part-1-quantitative-interpretation.pdf



About the Author

Pavel Barseghyan, PhD

Yerevan, Armenia
Plano, Texas, USA


Dr. Pavel Barseghyan is a consultant in the field of quantitative project management, project data mining and organizational science. Has over 45 years’ experience in academia, the electronics industry, the EDA industry and Project Management Research and tools development. During the period of 1999-2010 he was the Vice President of Research for Numetrics Management Systems. Prior to joining Numetrics, Dr. Barseghyan worked as an R&D manager at Infinite Technology Corp. in Texas. He was also a founder and the president of an EDA start-up company, DAN Technologies, Ltd. that focused on high-level chip design planning and RTL structural floor planning technologies. Before joining ITC, Dr. Barseghyan was head of the Electronic Design and CAD department at the State Engineering University of Armenia, focusing on development of the Theory of Massively Interconnected Systems and its applications to electronic design. During the period of 1975-1990, he was also a member of the University Educational Policy Commission for Electronic Design and CAD Direction in the Higher Education Ministry of the former USSR. Earlier in his career he was a senior researcher in Yerevan Research and Development Institute of Mathematical Machines (Armenia). He is an author of nine monographs and textbooks and more than 100 scientific articles in the area of quantitative project management, mathematical theory of human work, electronic design and EDA methodologies, and tools development. More than 10 Ph.D. degrees have been awarded under his supervision. Dr. Barseghyan holds an MS in Electrical Engineering (1967) and Ph.D. (1972) and Doctor of Technical Sciences (1990) in Computer Engineering from Yerevan Polytechnic Institute (Armenia).

Pavel’s publications can be found here: http://www.scribd.com/pbarseghyan and here: http://pavelbarseghyan.wordpress.com/.  Pavel can be contacted at terbpl@gmail.com

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