Managing Complex Systems Based on Self-Regulation

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Managing Complex Systems Based on Self-Regulation. Dirk Helbing, ETH Zurich. 2014/05/20

Eli Levine‘s insight:

It’s also important to remember that complex systems are frequently larger than the observed and observable universe, such that there may be factors which create self-regulated systems.  A government is apart of the same social system as an economy and, through SOME forms of oversight and regulation can overcome the “boom and bust” cycles of the laissez-faire operated economy.  It’s a question of honestly coordinating with the private companies, especially in the financial field, in order to get the best outcomes that they wouldn’t really do on their own for the sake of small “self” and short term profit that does not consider social and environmental factors.  Yes, it may seem redundant and silly at times.  But it seems that the background noise of a system, the static, plays as important a role in producing the ultimate sound that is achieved within the social system as does the actual sound of the system itself.  You have to oversee the background noise as well as the main tune in order to achieve the clearest and most consistent sound according to our own social logics and our own social tastes.

Economically, it’s technically all the same stuff.  Economics is much more of a technical field than foreign policy, which is also more technical than social policy.  All three play a role in producing optimal well being within a given society and in all three there are better and worse options for handling things.  It’s as if economics gives the architecture and structure of the society itself through its interaction with the natural laws of economic physics and government/corporate policy (the structure of a house, for example), while social policy is the decoration of the house, internally and externally, while foreign policy is how your society interacts with its neighbors.  Within each house is a variety of different people, and they together form the basis of the social family within the given government’s jurisdiction.  Politics, history and the outcomes of the economic, social and foreign policies influences the internal dynamics amongst the neighbors, thus giving life to the house that is intangible, yet very much apart of the universe, for better and for worse.  While there are no right or wrong answers, per se, there are definitely better and worse options that are available with regards to how things play out in the empirical world.  Some people’s brains are better at sensing how the empirical world actually works and are able to perceive and willing to work with the natural laws of the universe, rather than trying to go their own way and, essentially, attempt to fly in the face of the impossible and hold out for the extremely improbable without having alternatives available to follow through on.  There is no freedom in this universe; you either obey the natural laws and physics, both inside of and outside of our social worlds, or else you’re driven off and/or die.  I do not know how it is that people still go for the technically impossible or suboptimal for the sake of a belief, ideology or inkling within their brains that does not match the way the universe actually works.

Think about it.

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