complexity

The following 5 posts are tagged with the tag complexity.

Building an anti-fragile Internet

I'm still busy reading Nassim Taleb's "Anti- Fragile" and I have to say that I'm loving it so far. The book has much to do with humanity's generally faulty perspective on risk management, and he provides a very coherent alternative perspective. In a nutshell, Taleb says that there are three... Read more

Holism and cooperation

05 Dec 2011   complexity  cooperation  holism  philosophy 
It seems as though I tend to only really gain insight into things that I've read quite some time after I've finished reading them, after I've had some time to chew on them and reflect their content against my existing mental frameworks. Mulling over SuperCooperators by Martin Nowak, it dawned on... Read more

The trouble with systems

We have this tendency to want to make our lives easier - perhaps this is a built-in biological mechanism to conserve energy? So we've been constructing systems for ages now: all the way from cars to supercomputers to money- making "systems" that we call organisations. Many people who give advice... Read more

Business, complexity and emergence

14 Nov 2011   business  complexity  emergence  philosophy 
In trying to understand business in new ways, it seems as though a variety of authors (academic and non-academic) have been trying to apply perspectives from a relatively new "branch" of science that is still busy taking shape: that of emergence. The concept of emergence comes from a variety of... Read more

Power, and business

Keltner, Van Kleef, Chen and Kraus wrote a really interesting paper in 2008 on social power entitled A reciprocal influence model of social power, and I think that, against the backdrop of emergence and complexity theory and social influence theory, we're only beginning to scratch the surface as... Read more