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๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ "Introduction to Complexity" - Unit 1

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๐Ÿ“ Complexity Research ๐Ÿงฉ Spatiotemporal or Network or Social Awareness

What is complexity?

Complex Systems Research

  • Core disciplines
    • Dynamics: The study of continually changing structure and behavior of systems.
    • Information: The study of representation, symbols, and communication.
    • Computation: The study of how systems process information and act on the results.
    • Evolution: The study of how systems adapt to environments that change over time.
  • Goals
    • Through the use of mathematics and computation, we create cross-disciplinary insights into complex systems.
    • Development of a general theory of complexity (what I was trying to say about the impact ego cells could have on science and research)
  • Methodologies
    • Experimental work
    • Theoretical work
    • Computer simulations

Examples of complex systems:

  • Ants
  • Termites
  • Neurons
  • Immune System
  • Genomes
    • Genetic Regulatory Network
      • Compression algorithm for development of the body
  • Food Web
  • Social Networks
  • Economies
    • Financial Institutions Networks
  • Cities

Props:

  • Simple individually, complex in masses
  • Decentraliced organization
  • Agents adapt themselves to situations
  • Agents communicate in simple ways
  • High connectivity results in stable responses to change
  • Components interact in non-linear ways
    • The sum is more the all parts together
  • Emergent Behaviors โ€” The experience
    • Hierarchical organizations (holons)
    • Information Processing (as a whole only)
    • Complex Dynamics (changes in space and time) (unpredictability, entropy)
    • Evolution and learning (adaptation)

Ideas:

  • Space representations (๐Ÿงฉ Spatiotemporal or Network or Social Awareness) seem to be analogous to network representations. I used to think that visual patterns lead to the idea of space and layout but I think it's the other way around. Network representaions lead to patterns that can be represented visually.
  • One can't represent complex systems with static representations (like equations) because it would mean that one would need an equation per part per moment that flows through time. Maybe lol.