Complex systems can evolve from simple systems only if there are stable intermediate forms. (Donella Meadows, 2008. Thinking in Systems)
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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…
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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…
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Your brain on IPFS
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Many structured ways of knowing seem to roughly fall into one of several spatial structures: lists, trees, grids, and networks.
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A thought experiment! Let's reimagine the web with r-selected thinking.
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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…
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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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