A Crude Look at the Whole

A Crude Look at the Whole

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Miller, John H. Basic Books, 2015
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Complexity is the norm for individuals, organizations, and society as a whole. Most of the major challenges society confronts--digital revolution, financial meltdown, climate change, refugee crises, and terrorist insurgencies--are not easily addressed by one academic specialty or field of expertise. Theories about complex adaptive systems can enhance people's understanding of these issues and thereby prescribe better solutions to them. In A Crude Look at the Whole, John H. Miller gives readers a primer on this relatively nascent scientific field and examines its many practical implications and uses. He outlines 10 specific features of complex adaptive systems that offer new perspectives of the world, alternate routes to discovery, and fresh methods for problem solving.