Archive for the ‘Complex Structures’ Category

Recipe for Managing Complexity

August 9, 2007

Here is a recipe for managing complexity of any type:

  • Do simple things first.
  • Learn to do them flawlessly.
  • Add new layers of activity over the results of the simple tasks.
  • Don’t change the simple things.
  • Make the new layer work as flawlessly as the simple.
  • Repeat, ad infinitum.

Complexity must be grown from simple systems that already work.

— Out of Control by Kevin Kelly

Complex Structures Created through Voluntary Exchange

July 9, 2007

The economy is the product of the voluntary exchange of goods and services.

A language is the product of the voluntary exchange of ideas and information.

A scientific discipline is the product of the voluntary exchange of ideas and empirical data.

A musical style is the product of the voluntary exchange of notes and sounds and ideas.

The economy, languages, scientific disciplines, musical styles, social conventions and values, and culture are complex structures that all developed in the same way, through voluntary exchange, spontaneous cooperation, trail and error, acceptance and rejection.

These examples suggest the wide scope and fundamental nature of “voluntary exchange”.

— extracted from Free to Choose by Milton Friedman