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The need to understand complex adaptive systems and how to use this site

Summary
In this page we:
There are two main starting points:
  1. The example systems frame and
  2. The presentation frame
  3. And then there is how we use the site
The site uses lots of click through.  That's so that you can see the underlying principles that are contributing to the system being discussed.  We hope that as you internalize and reflect on the principles the system should appear in a new light.  At this site clicking is good!
Introduction
It has taken over a billion years for complexity, M. Mitchell Waldrop describes a vision of complexity via:
  • Rich interactions that allow a system to undergo spontaneous self-organization
  • Systems that are adaptive
  • More predictability than chaotic systems by bringing order and chaos into
  • Balance at the edge of chaos
to iteratively build the world's populations of carbon based life forms including: insects, birds, and humans; while in the last 50 years our actions are inducing the collapse of insect and bird webs and destabilizing the climate.  The population of humans is increasing exponentially and our creations - especially plastics - do not obey the principles of complex adaptive systems (
This page introduces the complex adaptive system (CAS) theory frame.  The theory provides an organizing framework that is used by 'life.'  It can be used to evaluate and rank models that claim to describe our perceived reality.  It catalogs the laws and strategies which underpin the operation of systems that are based on the interaction of emergent agents.  It highlights the constraints that shape CAS and so predicts their form.  A proposal that does not conform is wrong. 

John Holland's framework for representing complexity is outlined.  Links to other key aspects of CAS theory discussed at the site are presented. 
CAS
).   Plastics are leaving an indestructible residue that will outlast us.  Many humans do not believe the situation is dire.  This is because we are evolved to survive and reproduce in small bands on the African savanna is the environment where hunter-gatherers primarily evolved.  Its grassland supported large herbivores that could be hunted easily across the plains.  Clumps of Acacia trees: with short trunks, and broad bows; & rocks supported places to hide from large carnivores.  Streams, especially important in times of drought, and paths add to the signals enabling orientation. 
.  That is the niche we understand intuitively.  E. O. Wilson discusses this situation in The Origins of Creativity which we
E O. Wilson argues that campfire gatherings on the savanna supported the emergence of human creativity.  This resulted in man building cultures and later exploring them, and their creator, through the humanities.  Wilson identifies the transformative events, but he notes many of these are presently ignored by the humanities.  So he calls for a change of approach. 

He:
  • Explores creativity: how it emerged from the benefits of becoming an omnivore hunter gatherer, enabled by language & its catalysis of invention, through stories told in the evening around the campfire. He notes the power of fine art, but suggests music provides the most revealing signature of aesthetic surprise. 
  • Looks at the current limitations of the humanities, as they have suffered through years of neglect.  
  • Reviews the evolutionary processes of heredity and culture:
    • Ultimate causes viewed through art, & music
    • The bedrock of:
      • Ape senses and emotions,
      • Creative arts, language, dance, song typically studied by humanities, & 
      • Exponential change in science and technology.  
    • How the breakthrough from our primate past occurred, powered by eating meat, supporting: a bigger brain, expanded memory & language. 
    • Accelerating changes now driven by genetic cultural coevolution.  
    • The impact on human nature.  
  • Considers our emotional attachment to the natural world: hunting, gardens; we are destroying. 
  • Reviews our love of metaphor, archetypes, exploration, irony, and considers the potential for a third enlightenment, supported by cooperative action of humanities and science

Following our summary of his arguments RSS frames these from the perspective of complex adaptive system (CAS) theory:
  • The humanities are seen to be a functionalist framework for representing the cultural CAS while 
  • Wilson's desire to integrate the humanities and science gains support from viewing the endeavor as a network of layered CAS. 

summarize
.  This website has examples of notable CAS, which are very different to our intuitive niche, and
This page introduces the complex adaptive system (CAS) theory frame.  The theory provides an organizing framework that is used by 'life.'  It can be used to evaluate and rank models that claim to describe our perceived reality.  It catalogs the laws and strategies which underpin the operation of systems that are based on the interaction of emergent agents.  It highlights the constraints that shape CAS and so predicts their form.  A proposal that does not conform is wrong. 

John Holland's framework for representing complexity is outlined.  Links to other key aspects of CAS theory discussed at the site are presented. 
describes the theory
behind them. 

If you are new to complex adaptive systems (
This page introduces the complex adaptive system (CAS) theory frame.  The theory provides an organizing framework that is used by 'life.'  It can be used to evaluate and rank models that claim to describe our perceived reality.  It catalogs the laws and strategies which underpin the operation of systems that are based on the interaction of emergent agents.  It highlights the constraints that shape CAS and so predicts their form.  A proposal that does not conform is wrong. 

John Holland's framework for representing complexity is outlined.  Links to other key aspects of CAS theory discussed at the site are presented. 
CAS
) we suggest you initially have a look at the:

The site is arranged as a set of logical frames analogous to a set of framed pictures displayed in an art studio.  They include: opportunities, theory, example systems etc. as seen in the inter-frame navigation bar, seen under the banners at the top of each page.  Within each frame you can see the list of pages in the intra-frame navigation menu on the left hand side of each page.  If you click on frame you will be taken to a page describing our concept of a web frame at some length.  This click to describe mechanism is used extensively and when an idea does not have its own page it is typically described in an entry in the glossary.  The details of glossarized items, for example complexity, M. Mitchell Waldrop describes a vision of complexity via:
  • Rich interactions that allow a system to undergo spontaneous self-organization
  • Systems that are adaptive
  • More predictability than chaotic systems by bringing order and chaos into
  • Balance at the edge of chaos
, also display when you roll the mouse over them.  What about strategy?  Strategies emerge from the way the systems we study are structured and operate.  The
Rob's Strategy Studio aims to celebrate and illuminate complex adaptive systems (CAS) just as an art studio does art. 

By way of introduction it notes the complex interactions that led to the partnership that discovered the DNA double helix and genetic code. 

The page introduces the RSS vision 'I act, therefore I think' approach and the RSS mission. 

It describes how many key aspects of the world are CAS including businesses. 

Finally the page explains each of the framed pictures displayed at the studio including the other aspects explored in this vision frame. 

vision
frame explores this further but don't go straight there. 
Start at the example systems frame
If you are new to complex adaptive systems (CAS) we suggest you initially have a look at the
We are products of complexity, but our evolution has focused our understanding on the situation of hunter gatherers on the African savanna.  As humanity has become more powerful we can significantly impact the systems we depend on.  But we struggle to comprehend them.  So this web frame explores significant real world complex adaptive systems (CAS):
  • Assumptions of randomness & equilibrium allowed the wealthy & powerful to expand the size and leverage of stock markets, by placing at risk the insurance and retirement savings of the working class.  The assumptions are wrong but remain entrenched. 
  • The US nation was built from two divergent political views of: Jefferson and Hamilton.  It also reflects the development of competing ancient ideas of Epicurus and Cyril.  But the collapse of Bretton Woods forced Wall Street into a position of power, while the middle and working class were abandoned by the elites.  Housing financed with cash from oil and derivative transactions helped hide the shift. 
  • Most US health care is still operating the way cars built in the 1940s did.  Geisinger is an example of better solution.  But transforming the whole network is a challenge.  And public health investment has proved far more beneficial.  
  • Helping our children learn to be effective adults is part of our humanity, but we have created a robust but deeply flawed education system.  Better alternatives have emerged.  
  • Spoken language, reading and writing emerged allowing our good ideas to become a second genetic material. 
  • The emergence of the global economy in the 1600s and its subsequent development; 
It explains how the examples relate to each other, why we all have trouble effectively comprehending these systems and explains how our inexperience with CAS can lead to catastrophe.  It outlines the items we see as key to the system and why. 

example systems
frame where there are lots of examples of CAS.  Each page of the example systems frame summarizes a book.  All but the last three books (pages) of the example systems frame discuss example complex adaptive systems.  The last three books in the within frame navigation describe theories which help explain how CAS emerge from the physical and chemical, molecules obtain chemical properties from the atoms from which they are composed and from the environment in which they exist.  Being relatively small they are subject to phenomena which move them about, inducing collisions and possibly reactions with other molecules.  AWF's Smiley simulates a chemical environment including associating the 'molecule' like strings  with codelet based forces that allow the strings to react based on their component parts, sequence etc. 
environment. 
At the end of each book summary we talk about the underlying CAS mechanisms that are reflected in the example CAS described in the book. 

In each of these example systems frame pages when an aspect of CAS theory first occurs there will be a link to the relevant
This page introduces the complex adaptive system (CAS) theory frame.  The theory provides an organizing framework that is used by 'life.'  It can be used to evaluate and rank models that claim to describe our perceived reality.  It catalogs the laws and strategies which underpin the operation of systems that are based on the interaction of emergent agents.  It highlights the constraints that shape CAS and so predicts their form.  A proposal that does not conform is wrong. 

John Holland's framework for representing complexity is outlined.  Links to other key aspects of CAS theory discussed at the site are presented. 
theory
frame page.  We consider the most useful thing about CAS theory is that it helps you to look for the CAS structure of the system you are interested in.  Classical discussions of systems attempt to frame each aspect discreetly.  The goal being to simplify until the complexity, M. Mitchell Waldrop describes a vision of complexity via:
  • Rich interactions that allow a system to undergo spontaneous self-organization
  • Systems that are adaptive
  • More predictability than chaotic systems by bringing order and chaos into
  • Balance at the edge of chaos
is removed.  At the strategy studio we feel that approach leaves the systems with mysterious properties.  By instead constructing the CAS structures and accepting the complexity the mystery disappears.  Sometimes systems are deconstructed to hide the important relationships.  At this site we aim to maintain or reconstruct the systems and identify the important relationships. 

CAS are made out of cooperating components.  Generally these components will themselves be composed of other components.  The structure is typically a network.  For example a company might consist of the people who work there, the buildings and other resources like capital is the sum total nonhuman assets that can be owned and exchanged on some market according to Piketty.  Capital includes: real property, financial capital and professional capital.  It is not immutable instead depending on the state of the society within which it exists.  It can be owned by governments (public capital) and private individuals (private capital).   and the products and inventory.  But each of the people is also composed of organs and the organs are composed of cells.  The cells are composed of membranes, formed from a lipid (fat) bilayer which creates a barrier between aqueous (water soluble) media.  In AWF a key property of membranes - their providing a catalytic environment and supporting the suspension of enzymatically active proteins within the membrane; is simulated with a Workspace list where 'active' structures can be inserted and codelets can detect and act on the structure's active promise configured as an association in the Slipnet.   and organelles etc...  It's typically a network of components that can appear like a hierarchy

The theory frame describes a set of interconnected and interdependent concepts which characterize the network of components.  So expect your visits to the theory page to become quite convoluted.  You can expect to be jumping around from page to page.  But if you persevere you should become familiar with the theoretical taxonomy. 

Because so many real world systems are CAS and most of them include human, animal or plant components the theory described in the theory frame often applies biological or biochemical concepts to the CAS even when they are business, economics is the study of trade between humans.  Traditional Economics is based on an equilibrium model of the economic system.  Traditional Economics includes: microeconomics, and macroeconomics.  Marx developed an alternative static approach.  Limitations of the equilibrium model have resulted in the development of: Keynes's dynamic General Theory of Employment Interest & Money, and Complexity Economics.  Since trading depends on human behavior, economics has developed behavioral models including: behavioral economics. 
and political systems.  This is intentional.  Once the surprise of the unexpected juxtaposition subsides we think you will find the predictive value of the analogy compelling. 
Or at the presentation frame
The
This web frame includes a set of presentations about complex adaptive systems (CAS)
presentation
frame's pages are HTML presentations that explain the ideas and assumptions that the Adaptive Web Framework (AWF) organization, which produce this studio, uses to create its theories and programs.  The presentations are designed for the pages to be read sequentially.  The presentations are an alternative starting point for those who know about complexity, M. Mitchell Waldrop describes a vision of complexity via:
  • Rich interactions that allow a system to undergo spontaneous self-organization
  • Systems that are adaptive
  • More predictability than chaotic systems by bringing order and chaos into
  • Balance at the edge of chaos
and CAS but want to understand the particular way these ideas are developed at AWF and presented at the strategy studio. 
What about the other frames? 
Once you have looked at the
This presentation applies complex adaptive system (CAS) agents to computer programming. 
agent-based programming presentation
you should have become reoriented to the way the
This page introduces the programs that the Adaptive Web Framework (AWF) develops and uses to deploy Rob's Strategy Studio (RSS). 
The programs are structured to obey complex adaptive system (CAS) principles.  That allows AWF to experiment and examine the effects. 
A production program generates the web pages. 
A testing system tests the production program.  It uses a framework to support the test programs.  This is AWF's agent programming framework as described in the agent-based programming presentation. 
An example of the other AWF agent-based programs that are also described in the frame is the virtual robot. 
Finally a strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats assessment is presented. 
Perl
frame's pages are organized.  AWF use the Perl frame to support our development of the agent-based computing systems we use to investigate CAS.  The
This page introduces a series of asymmetries which encourage different strategic approaches.   
The differences found in business, sexual selection, gamete structure, as well as in chess encourage escalations in the interactions. 
And yet the systems including these asymmetries can be quite stable. 
asymmetries
frame is really an extension of the theory frame.  Separating it out allows us to focus on the importance of asymmetries as dynamic constraints that drive emergence.  The
Rob's Strategy Studio aims to celebrate and illuminate complex adaptive systems (CAS) just as an art studio does art. 

By way of introduction it notes the complex interactions that led to the partnership that discovered the DNA double helix and genetic code. 

The page introduces the RSS vision 'I act, therefore I think' approach and the RSS mission. 

It describes how many key aspects of the world are CAS including businesses. 

Finally the page explains each of the framed pictures displayed at the studio including the other aspects explored in this vision frame. 

vision
frame explains how viewing a business as a CAS allows the strategic nature to be modeled.  It includes snapshots of the way we use CAS theory and the AWF dark web is a web site that is not open to the Internet.  It is a set of deployed HTML files in a directory which refer to each other via file based references relative to the directory.   (a slightly more extended version of this studio) to plan and operate AWF.  Finally this frame is where we record identified opportunities to use CAS theory. 

We hope you enjoy the site and look forward to your comments. 






























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This page looks at schematic structures and their uses.  It discusses a number of examples:
  • Schematic ideas are recombined in creativity. 
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Each goal has a series of associated complex adaptive system (CAS) strategy strings. 
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