We certainly can tell when a complex system is ailing or sick and whose nature is changing towards one that is more hostile to those that participate in it, however the method of treatment is frequently found wanting as 'cure all drugs' that suppress a complex system tend to create more problems than they are worth. Those without a grasp on this complexity choose 'good enough' treatments or approximates rather than 'magic bullet' treatments in our attempts to suppress hostile symptoms as opposed to using accurate and effective pinpoint measures to eliminate the perceived cancer ailing the system. As a result, given the one to many relationships that exist in a complex system, we should not be surprised in the Machiavellian way that a complex system responds to this broad brush intervention.
Ok....so we all have our philosophical favourites and mine is Anaximander. One of the greatest under-rated thinkers of the ages. A thinker that revolutionised the world view and paved the way for the sciences. The never ending quest to build better models in a world governed by uncertainty. Forget Democritus and the 'certain' indivisible atom.....that… Continue reading Anaximander’s Legacy – Uncertain about Certainty
Perhaps the most majestic law of all that globally drives order into disorder and provides the mechanism to locally ratchet sub systems to lower entropy states is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. If you want to understand system processes including what drives these financial markets, then you really do not need to look any farther.… Continue reading Entropy – The Driving Force of Complexity
A great deal of my thinking time in understanding complexity is focused towards dualism. Namely, the role of the observer and the observed, relationalism and how perspective (sensory perception through measurement) shapes a 'very real' but personal reality when you are a participant of a greater system. When you stand on the shoulders of the… Continue reading A Participatory Universe – On Sensing, Consciousness and Imagination