Category All things complex

Dictators Wanted

Our civilisation is a highly complex system and consequently has highly complex behaviour; in fact complexity science would suggest that civilisation is so complex that it is highly sensitive to small changes that can amplify as they propagate across the globe to become major crises. Anyone who understands complexity science knows that the ability to […]

New: The Business uncertainty principle

There is a lot of talk in the business media about uncertainty and however well-meaning, there seems to be a general message that we just have to accept uncertainty, which to a degree is true, but such a viewpoint can also become an excuse for costly inaction . It turns out that ‘uncertainty’ is a […]

The Complexities of the Evolution of Western Music.

Complexity; it gets everywhere! The BBC News website has recently posted an item outlining some scientific research into evolution of western music. The research used some complex analysis of the musical structure of over 17,000 tracks from the USA Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1960 and 2010. The researchers suggest that, “while musical evolution was ceaseless, there were […]