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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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Talks

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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Complexity

Managing Complexity with Systems Engineering

Most contemporary writings about Complexity will, at some point or another let you know how “hard” systems engineering methods are not good enough for dealing with complex systems and how rigid “command and control” hierarchical structures are “inhumane” and inappropriate when dealing with social systems. This post, is my attempt to dispel some of these […]

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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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Memetics

Replication with Interaction

Abstract This is an update version of a ’98 paper in which I introduced an operational framework for Memetics by switching the focus back on genetics where it all started. This paper introduces a new paradigm in Memetics, that of the meme cell, which is defined as the vehicle (system) supporting both the replication of […]

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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 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

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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Kihbernetic Tweetbits on Life & Evolution

Life Evolution

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Twitter

Kihbernetic Tweetbits on Systems & Control

Systems Control *Control is of the controlled*