Complex systems can evolve from simple systems only if there are stable intermediate forms. (Donella Meadows, 2008. Thinking in Systems)
A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and…
A provocation from Dawkins: ideas are alive! The gene, the DNA molecule, happens to be the replicating entity that prevails on our own planet. There may…
Your brain on IPFS
Many structured ways of knowing seem to roughly fall into one of several spatial structures: lists, trees, grids, and networks.
A thought experiment! Let's reimagine the web with r-selected thinking.
I’ve just started reading Inventing the Internet by Janet Abbate. The opening chapters are great, narrating Paul Baran’s efforts at RAND to design a…
So there’s this idea from evolutionary ecology called r/K selection theory. The gist is that many species seem to converge toward one of two extreme…
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