Terms of Art

the ability of a collection of organic molecules to facilitate one another's creation or reactions; greater than the sum of its parts

the process in which an organization or system reproduces itself

Basins of Attraction:
a repeated state cycle of a system to which all starting points lead; need a reason to find commonalities among our organizations

sensitivity to initial conditions; all chaos reveals patterns

the coupling of species in an ecosystem such that changes in the genetics of one species influences adaptation in other species; unrolling/unfolding; simple to complex; building new systems

a measure of the entropy of a message between sender and receiver; assumptions, protocol, perceptions, address, global connections, sharing, vertical and lateral empathy, respectful feelings

Communities of Practice:
groups who share similar goals or interests and employ common tools and methods

the study of autocatalytic systems that exist on the edge of chaos; enjoy the simplicity in which nature packages complexity

to come together near a point sharing ideas

information and feedback and control are connected and feed each other

take your ideas and test them

two similar entities having an exchange in context

Double Slit Experiment:
the behavior of matter depends on how you set up the experiment; the how-to in measuring waves and particles

Ecological System:
a network of interconnected loops

creation and management of wealth

the genesis of a group behavior that has no corresponding individual behavior of any member of that group; result of individual and collective actions; an unforeseen occurrence

a message from a sensor of a system to the controller of a system regarding the difference between expectation and condition; simple & complex

the sum of traits which increase or diminish the likelihood of an organism (or idea) to have offspring and perpetuate itself; how well systems work together, i.e., Nav Center

Fitness Peaks:
the optimal expression of a set of traits by a species or organism; always strive to get to the next peak

an emergent behavior that allows individuals with no "flockness" to move in concert with one another; its all about learning

General Systems Theory:
models of behavior and action that can be applied across many disciplines as general principles; everything is interconnected

an arrangement of a system into a chain of command and decision by the structured passing of information and feedback between successive layers of subordination; add new layers of activity but don't change the simple things

like a pupil of an eye, we need to react properly and quickly
; the ability of a system to operate within an envelope of viability

reasoning; knowledge

Law of Increasing Returns:
them that has, gets; life on earth alters earth to get more life; exposure to/use of different ideas

Morphogenetic Fields:
fields that are responsible for "the characteristic form and organization of systems at all levels of complexity" and the transmission of these forms across time and space; imaginary blueprint that instructs on what to do

interconnection of agents via channels into a web; accomplish together what we cannot learn alone

Order for Free:
the hypothesis that autocatalysis is built into the nature of things so that the emergence of complex systems is less subject to random association of organic molecules but is a natural feature of organic chemistry

you can't have form without energy and vice versa

Patch Theory:
a method of allowing groups to evolve high quality solutions to high-conflict problems; groups optimize each other

Phase Transitions:
the boundary and process of passing from one state of a system to another (like solid to liquid); we encounter both chaos and order in organizations

Sapiential Leadership:
whoever can see the situation, the solution and communicate it to others is the leader; rotates to take advantage of the skills of the group

Schrodinger's Cat:
nothing is real until it is observed

Self-Organizing Systems:
see autocatalytic systems; share a common set of rules

Strange Attractors:
in chaos theory a limit cycle around which a system moves but which never repeats itself; systems always have order; chaos and order

Uncertainty Principle:
the act of observing influences what can be observed and the observation itself; preconceptions; premeasurement can alter your outcomes

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