Transduction — leading transformation — Issue #60

Ian Bogost on Twitter: “If you want to insert a video in a Google Slides deck, you can either upload it to Google Drive (where Google does some unknown “processing” on it) or link to a YouTube video.

34C3- Reflections on the Hacker Ethos // Chaos Engineering

The dynamics of transitions in socio-technical systems: A multi-level analysis of the transition pathway from horse-drawn carriages to automobiles (1860–1930) — Geels (2006)

This Great Network of Interbeing, with Vince F Horn — Buddhist Geeks podcast

Heinz Von Foerster Papers (Digital Surrogates) | Digital Collections at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

Disentangling the evolutionary drivers of social complexity: A comprehensive test of hypotheses — Turchin et al (2022)

The Illusion of Complexity by James Wilk

Towards the full recovery of Alexander Bogdanov’s work and ideas
Originally posted on Alexander Bogdanov (1873–1928): This blog project is meant to be a personal contribution to the collective process of the recovery of Alexander Bogdanov’s fascinating life work and ideas. The project follows up and builds on two events I co-organized on 2 and 3 June 2021. I was very lucky to be the…

Using neuroscience & cybernetics to transform social organisations | Bobby Azarian & Arash Arabi — YouTube
Bobby Azarian has apparently been on the Joe Rogan thing. This was advertised on linkedin ( by Arash Arabi where I said: “Congrats on a really professional and interesting podcast / video interview…. I must admit I thought it seems like he knows his stuff and was giving a wide overview, but because it was […]

Systems thinking is old hat.. Don’t be mistaken. It was there before…

Lean, with Joy and Mary…

THE origins of THE systems approach
Originally posted on CSL4D: Tracing the tracks of C. West Churchman Last month I reread (and blogged) Churchman’s ‘The Systems Approach’ (1968) and was surprised to see that between the lines it contained practically the whole of the dialectical systems approach (the systems approach) as it finally took shape in 1971 (The design of…

Luhmann’s systems theory
Originally posted on CSL4D: Modern society [1] Niklas Luhmann (1927–1998) was a German sociologist who developed a general systems theory of modern society. The American social systems theorist Talcott Parsons (1902–1979) was a major influence — for the idea of social systems -, but so were the Chileans Humberto Maturana (1928–2021) and his student…

Systems change theory and practice: a brief review and practical insights — Knight and Baldwin, 2022

Twitter thread on a new book claiming that reductionism can explain everything

Dr. Brian Dermody — Geosciences — Utrecht University

Emergence as the conversion of information: a unifying theory | Varley and Hoel (2022)
Is reduction always a good scientific strategy? The existence of the special sciences above physics suggests not. Previous research has shown that dimensionality reduction (macroscales) can increase the dependency between elements of a system (a phenomenon called ‘causal emergence’). Here, we provide an umbrella mathematical framework for emergence based on information conversion. We show evidence […]

Carlos E. Perez on Twitter: “Why is top-down causation so problematic for many? Is it a consequence of their lifelong bias towards substance metaphysics?” / Twitter

Information theory: A foundation for complexity science
Originally posted on Complexity Digest: Amos Golan and John Harte PNAS 119 (33) e2119089119 Modeling and inference are central to most areas of science and especially to evolving and complex systems. Critically, the information we have is often uncertain and insufficient, resulting in an underdetermined inference problem; multiple inferences, models, and theories are consistent with…

The golden age of complexity science books
Originally posted on Petter Holme: Here is a list of complexity science books in a popular science style from when the hype was the biggest — from 1988 and a decade further* — and some very brief comments. Several of them are available at, as linked below. I’m pretty sure I forgot several. If so, I’ll add them…

Unpsychology Magazine — Issue 8: an anthology of warm data

‘Everyone loved each other’: the rise of Yugonostalgia | The Guardian
While many citizens of the former Yugoslavia miss the lower prices and global recognition, others warn against over-romanticising the Tito era



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