Workforce Interactive incorporates Formal Axiology. Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Robert S. Hartman developed this science between 1930 and 1973. It is a unique social science because it is the only social science that has a one to one relationship between a field of mathematics (transfinite set calculus) and its dimensions.
People are different. They do not look alike. They do not all sound the same. And they all think differently. Axiology is the science that studies how people think. Specifically, Axiologists study how people determine the value of different things. This is how individuals compare things and how those value assignments either represent or distort reality.
To value is to set priorities. It is to choose one thing over another. It is to think about things in relation to each other and decide that one is better than the other. It is to decide what is "good.” All persons assign higher value to some things and lower value to others. People assign these valuations in a consistent pattern that is unique to them. This valuation process is actually one's habit of thinking. It involves filtering, processing, storing, and analyzing data. It includes thinking about objects, discerning the different aspects of things, making judgments, and choosing. Our unique pattern of thinking and assigning value is called our Value Structure.
People often confuse value with values. Values are specific items that people stand for, believe in, or deem important. To value is to think, to assign meaning and richness of properties to reality. A Value Structure is the thinking map a person uses to reach conclusions about things. Value is thinking that values are important objects of our thinking. People value to arrive at their values.
Dr. Hartman's development of Formal Axiology is as revolutionary for the Social Sciences as Galileo's was for the Physical Sciences. His value mathematics makes it possible to measure how one values as accurately as a thermometer measures temperature. Over 100 studies have been used to validate the Axiological model, including an extensive study using a database of over 40,000 people from executives to entry level workers.
From his studies of more than 35 cultures and how the people of those cultures assign value, Dr. Hartman discovered three Dimensions of Value. Being a genius in Mathematics, he was aware of a mathematical system that had corresponding properties to the value dimensions he discovered. By joining the mathematics and the Dimensions of Value, he created an objective deductive science that measures how people value their world and themselves.