Self-organization theory deals with how global coordination within a system can result out of the local interactions between member parts. The theory of self-organization has grown out of many different areas from computer science to ecology and economics. Out of these areas has emerged a core set of concepts that are designed to be applicable to all self-organizing systems, from galaxies to living cells.
In this video we look at some of the key themes within complex systems theory contrasting this new paradigm with that of the Newtonian mechanistic paradigm. Complexity has proven to be a fundamental feature to our world that is
This book is designed to be an overview to the core concepts within complexity theory, presented in an intuitive form that should be accessible to anyone with an interest in the subject. Complexity theory is an exciting new area that is offering us a fresh perspective on many important issues, such as understanding our financial system,
This video presents some of the key concepts in complex systems theory in pictures. We look at systems, non-linearity, networks, self-organization and adaptation using rich visuals. There are many definitions for what a complex system is here are just a sample of them; The Advances in Complex Systems Journal, gives us this definition; “A system comprised of a (usually large) number of (usually strongly) interacting entities, processes, or agents, the understanding of which requires the development, or the use of, new scientific tools, nonlinear models, out-of-equilibrium descriptions and computer simulations.” The social scientist Herbert Simons gives us this definition; “A system that can be analyzed into many components having relatively many relations among them, so that the behavior of each component depends on the behavior of others.”Jerome Singer tells us that a complex system is; “A system that involves numerous interacting agents whose aggregate behaviors are to be understood. Such aggregate activity is nonlinear, hence it cannot simply be derived from a summation of individual components behavior.”
Complex Systems A complex system is a special class of system that has the characteristic of complexity. Meaning it is composed of many diverse and autonomous components that interact in a nonlinear, networked fashion with the whole system evolving over time. There is no agreed upon definition for a complex system, but here are some [...]
Complexity Theory Complexity theory is a set of theoretical frameworks used for modeling and analyzing complex systems within a variety of domains. It can be understood as a composite of a number of major modeling frameworks that fall under its canopy including; systems theory; nonlinear systems; network theory; complex adaptive systems & self-organization theory. Complexity [...]
Complexity Science Overview Complexity science is a new 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. It is based upon complexity theory and uses new tools of computer modeling and simulation to try and analyze the complex systems [...]
Network thinking is about seeing not just things but the nexus of connections that they are embedded within and that give them context, it is seeing the overall fabric that these connections create and how that shapes and creates the space or environment around the thing that we are interested in