Complexity Science Short Film
With narration from a number of prominent complexity scientists, this video tries to give an overview to the current state of this new area. Complexity science is an emerging post-Newtonian approach or method to science that has arisen over the past few decades to present an alternative paradigm to our standard method of scientific inquiry. We can loosely define science as a type of inquiry into the world around us, as opposed to other areas such as art or religion that are based upon aesthetics or revelation, the scientific method of inquiry claims to be based upon empirical data, otherwise known as facts. Complexity science provides us with an alternative scientific method better suited to researching these complex system, supported by a paradigm that sees the world as a set of interconnected elements whose interaction give rise to the patterns and phenomena that we observe in the world around us. As opposed to traditional science that tries to eliminate complexity by studying the individual component of a system within an isolated environment. Complexity science places a greater emphasis upon open systems, that is understanding systems within the complex of relations that give it context. Where as traditional reductionist science primarily uses linear mathematical models and equations as its theoretical foundation, complexity science uses the concepts of complexity theory, such as self organization, network theory, adaptive and evolution.