14 January 2009


One of the Italian ex-pat blogs that I follow, Cross Cultural Moments, has an excellent entry today about complexity and systems science. She's talking about the ways that dynamism functions, particularly, and how being at the edge of a dynamic system (the edge of chaos) works in cross-cultural experiences. Like Roman traffic. Dynamic, complex systems that seem chaotic but are all the stronger for their complexity.

My spouse's masters degree is in Systems Science, so this is an area that I'm fairly familiar with, but I think an ecological, systems science perspective on culture is an excellent move. Abbot does a particularly nice job making these connections explicit.

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