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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 it is more important to know what you DON’T want, than what you DO. When you think about it, it makes […]

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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. […]