Lecture notes on emergence, complexity, and complex systems

Lecture Notes on Emergence and Complex Systems

As the name implies, lecture notes are supposed to be taken in the lectures. But to be honest, I have never had attended a course on the emergence and complex systems. What I have done is limited to reading a couple of books and software implementation of a few low-order complex systems. However, I’ve always been interested in coaching an informal […]

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Books on complexity theory and complex systems – Part I

Years ago, it was a serious challenge to find a book or an article about niche topics like complexity theory and complex system. Nowadays, we have another challenge: Which books are recommended to read for gaining a deep productive insight on complexity and complex systems among so many books and articles released every year on this topic? Here’s a list […]

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Description vs. Prediction: Predictive Theories and Descriptive Stories

Besides all formal, scientific, epistemological, definitions of science and scientific theories, there’s a simple clear understanding of the science in our mind. Something we have learned in school and experienced later in our daily life. Scientists observe the world. Develop theories based on their observations. Validate their theories using existing data and finally, use these theories to predict the future. […]

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Introductory Case: Life of termites as eusocial insects

In my introduction to the concept of emergence, I talked about termites and other eusocial insects as one of the best examples of emerging intelligence. With the term emerging intelligence I mean a robust, adaptable, and complicated mind emerged from the interaction of simple minded entities. In the above photo, you can see various structures made by termites. Actually these […]

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