“[Evolutionary] advances reduce complexity in order to organize greater complexity on the basis of restriction. Thus a road network reduces the possibilities for movement to enable easier and faster movement and hence increase options for movement concretely available.”
The Tragedy of Culture, Simmel theorized, occurred as societies modernized and the massive amounts of objective cultural products overshadowed (and overwhelmed) the subjective abilities of the individual. Presented with more options than one person can possibly ever hope to experience in a lifetime, the modern individual runs the risk of stunting his or her social psychological growth.
What are the second-order effects of attempting mosquito or malaria eradication? What other diseases have been eradicated? What issues are there to consider? — Read
Examples of what, how, and why things change at scale. Including examples from housing, growth in wealth, transportation, and tourism. — Read on unintendedconsequenc.es/anything-at-scale/ A
I thought I’d share this interesting post. Because decision-makers rarely offer solutions to challenges based upon systems, they create a cobra effect, making the issue
The use of conflicts in communication leads to expectable, that is, structural, insecurities. A society that constructs greater complexity must therefore find forms for creating