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A metaphor for attractors and strange attractors

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 19, 2005
Filed in Communication

The concepts of an attractor and strange attractor from complexity science can be difficult ideas to grasp, but I came across this metaphor by Bill McKelvey which you might find useful. “As a metaphor, think of a point attractor as a rabbit on an elastic tether—the rabbit moves in all directions but as it tires […]

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Updated view on complex system intention

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 3, 2005
Filed in Communication

Thanks for your comment Matt. I agree, the diagram does suggest that ‘known’ is a subset of ‘knowable’ etc., and this wasn’t my intent. Here is a new version of the diagram. The space between the boundaries indicates the breadth of possibilities. The wider the space, the greater the possibilities. In the complex domain it […]

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Malcom Gladwell blinks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 23, 2004
Filed in Communication

A story on Malcolm Gladwell is Fast Company’s cover story. He has a new book out called Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. It’s all about how we make split second decisions. I hope he makes reference to Gary Klein’s work in this area.

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Podcasting

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 30, 2004
Filed in Communication

We know more than we can say, and we will say more than we can write down. This aphorism might be one of the reasons why podcasting is taking off. Now anyone can create their own radio programme and make it available on the web.

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