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A Letter about Complexity

Dear Dibyendu,

Thank you for sharing the challenges of Complexity you’ve encountered in your work. I greatly appreciate your observations. To further my independent studies in Systems Thinking I’ve picked up a tool called Pattern Dynamics. The pattern language contains an eloquent set of symbols which are multifaceted, and overlapping in ways that reveal the interconnected dynamics of systems. It also places a strong emphasis on sustainability.

What you said about our need for a balanced view of complexity that includes both humanities and science made me think of Pattern Dynamics. Tim Winton, the founder of PD, suggests it’s important we notice how culture shapes our understandings, beliefs, and values because they’re ultimately what create meaning in our social systems. So when you speak of humanities and science both playing an equal role in Complexity, I believe you are correct.  Especially because both will be needed if we are to adapt to environmental shifts.

I thought it would be prudent to begin applying Pattern Dynamics to a post you shared on Complexity. You made it clear that Complexity is not a single body of knowledge like Physics or Economics or Philosophy, yet it often slants to the ‘scientific’ approach through the stringent application of Mathematics. As you’ve pointed out, these rigorous scientific experiments tend to select variables, or parameters which only behave as expected under specified conditions.

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