Complexity: The Secret Life of Chaos


An absolutely stunning, fascinating, beautiful BBC documentary that is required viewing for every thinking person on the planet. From the earliest thoughts of Alan Turing (father of computers) in Part 1, through Mandelbrot’s fractals, to computerised brains in Part 7 this is riveting. An absolute joy!!!

From chaos to complexity, simplicity and back again!

When people ask me about what I do, or what Ontonix does, the explanation can be as complex or simple as the subject itself. So much of it depends upon the enquirers’ understanding of the planet, their environment or  themselves. But it can also be about how “open” someone is to thinking (often) “beyond” what they have grown familiar with.

An understanding of complex systems and an appreciation of our inability to predict outcomes should serve us well. With non-linear systems, IF we must make assumptions: assume and cater for the worst foreseeable outcome. Do NOT be fooled by past results for, it is not the “known knowns” of risk but the “unknowns” of uncertainty that we have to deal with. The “price” of, apparently minor miscalculations deviations or events  can have major impacts as “feedback” loops across the system and connected systems.

One Response to Complexity: The Secret Life of Chaos

  1. Wise words courtesy of Bala Desphande:

    Complexity has several different usages: academics (mostly) use it to describe spontaneous self-organization. For example a fully sentient being emerging with no top down control, and using only a handful of elemental combinations.

    Consultants use complexity to describe difficulty in accomplishing stated objectives due to interactions and interconnections (“you cant just do one thing”). Ontonix tools can help in quantifying this challenge, but do not apply to the first usage.

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