Why Edge of Chaos?

What is so important about the “edge of chaos?”  What does it do?  It seems that it is the sweet spot which complex systems have evolved to solve their own problems internally.  At the edge of chaos, a body can heal itself through the activation of its immune system and its ability to call on … More Why Edge of Chaos?

The Edge of Chaos

It seems that creativity and growth happens not at the extremes but at the edge between order and chaos.  Too much order will eat into the creativity, and too much chaos will devour anything stable enough to grow.  This is a tough balance to strike for any dynamic system, which is why positive feedback loops … More The Edge of Chaos

The Payoff

The part that distinguishes complex adaptive systems from other systems is that the system, or the actors within the system, learn.  They adapt, and in order to do so, there must be a feedback system that reacts to a payoff.  For example, in a city, a payoff can be as simple as the survival of … More The Payoff

Increasing Returns

Brian Arthur and his concept of increasing returns is the key.  Simple systems that only operate in negative feedback loops can only give diminishing returns, but the system is always working its way back to equilibrium.  Increasing returns come when complex systems are in some level of positive feedback.  The increase of A leads to … More Increasing Returns