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Complexity Self-organization

Managing Crises with Cynefin

A Short Review of a Paper I had recently the opportunity to read an interesting document Managing complexity (and chaos) in times of crisis. A field guide for decision makers inspired by the Cynefin framework. The document was created by Dave Snowden and Alessandro Rancati for the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the EU Science Hub, […]

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Complexity

Power of NOT

Warren Buffett Says this 1 Simple Habit Separates Successful People From Everyone Else: “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” It seems more important to know what you DON’T want, than what you DO. And it makes sense, really: If you focus all […]

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Complexity

Complexity & Coordinate Systems

Complexity theorists often quote the non-linearity of dynamical complex systems as a reason why we should stop even trying to predict their future states and just “go with the flow” or “dance” with it. I find all such suggestions ill-advised. Before we give up all attempts to simplify a complex process we are trying to […]

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DSM Self-organization

Ashby and Self-Organization

Ashby had a very peculiar relationship with self organizing systems. In his seminal paper “Principles of the self-organizing system” (pgs. 115-117) he writes this: The reason for such a statement is given in another paragraph: So, according to Ashby, a system (machine) can “self” organize (change state or function) only by some external control parameter. […]

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Complexity

Managing Complexity in an ISSEP

The Software Productivity Consortium (SPC) published in May of 1996 a technical report called “Integrated Systems and Software Engineering Process” (ISSEP). The purpose was the “improvement of the overall systems development process allowing systems and software engineers to more efficiently perform their work“. Not sure what happened with the ISSEP model (and the whole SPC […]

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Complexity

Untangling Complexity Theory

An excellent introductory article for anyone interested in Complexity Theory (CT) is An Introduction to Complexity Theory by Jun Park. Among other things, it provides an insight about its origins which are, I think, as diverse and complex as the theory itself (highlights are mine): Complexity Theory and its related concepts emerged in the mid-late […]

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Useful Talks

I recently discovered the “Transcript” feature on Youtube and spent a couple of hours here and there editing the words Google’s AI automatically extracts from the original video. About 90% of the words is correctly identified which is pretty decent. There is no punctuation so you have to go through the video and insert it […]

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Memetics

Are Memes Replicators or Interactors?

A version of this paper was first posted on my personal Web pages back in 1998. This is a revised and updated version. Abstract This paper is an attempt to support memetics with an operational framework by returning the focus back to the genetic framework where it all started. It also introduces a new paradigm, […]

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Kihbernetic Tweetbits on Life & Evolution

Life Evolution

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Kihbernetic Tweetbits on Systems & Control

Systems Control *Control is of the controlled*