Why complex systems are also social and temporal


Dirk Baecker from Universität Witten/Herdecke | Zeppelin University in Dresden released an essay addressing social dynamics of complex systems.

ABSTRACT: The paper inquires into the paradox of complexity, the unity of variety, in order to first ask how a system may be able to unfold that paradox and then to look at two features informing the system to self-organize its complexity, which are the features of the social and the temporal. The paper refers to G Spencer-Brown’s calculus of indications as a suitable notational tool to both denote, and to inquire into, the form of a complex system.

Baecker introduces the paper by writing:

“It is an essay trying to introduce Spencer-Brown’s
Laws of Form as an appropriate method to inquire
into the paradox of complexity which Luhmann had
spelled out again and again with few peoples liste-
ning and which consists in the unity of diversity, the
philosophical tradition’s venerable problem of

About the paper
This paper was submitted to ECCS 2007 European Conference on Complex Systems, Dresden October 1-5, 2007

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