A structure (or theory) is essential if we are to effectively interrelate and interpret our observations in any field of knowledge. Without an integrating structure, information remains a hodge-podge of fragments. Without an organizing structure, knowledge is a mere collection of observations, practices and conflicting incidents.
– Jay W. Forrester, Principles of Systems, Wright-Allen Press, 1968
An excellent description of what separates the great from the merely competent. Likes(0)Dislikes(0) Continue reading
I’m glad food production hasn’t progressed in quite that direction yet.
Here’s some work that Ian and I did in 2007 examining the various interconnected stocks and flows of energy and material that might exist at some point in the future. Likes(0)Dislikes(0) Continue reading
You think that because you understand “one” that you must therefore understand “two” because one and one make two. But you forget that you must also understand “and.”
—Sufi teaching story
I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when looked at in the right way, did not become still more complicated.
– Poul Anderson.
One of my favorite quotes comes from William Gibson … The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed. At an early age I developed an appreciation for those who can describe the plausible future. This evolved into a collection of epiphanies every time I’ve realized that … Continue reading