January 18th 2011 09:56:34
Is the study of Emergence also emergent?( Posts: 1; New Posts: 1 )
I have been reading books for a few years now on 'chaos theory', 'complex adaptive systems', 'emergence', 'self-organizing networks', and the like.
One thing I am noticing about the field is that it doesn't appear to be very complex, adaptive, or emergent. It looks pretty static.
The last message I see on the "Complexity Digest" message board dates from 2005. Did everybody go to some new, emergent place that I am not aware of?
Here is a quote from Gottfried Mayer-Kress: "Maybe the most important future application of complexity involves a self-referential process, where complexity research organizations apply concepts of complexity to their own mode of working. I was always surprised to see organizations such as the Santa Fe Institute and the New England Complex Systems Institute organized and managed in a very traditional way without much application of what we have learned from complexity theory."
So, what have we learned? And secondly, what are we doing about it?