Guy Hoelzer <[email protected]> wrote or quoted: > Tim Tyler at [email protected] wrote on 4/20/04 8:34 PM: > > For instance, what's this distinction between complexity > > and complicated all about: > > > > ``complexity emerges along with function and structure > > from the merely complicated'' > > The term "complexity" is appropriately used to describe a > complex. In this context I would define a complex as a > coherently structured network parts that primarily > interact with each other and are less well connected to > the external environment. Webster's simply defines it as a > "unified grouping." In effect, when complex and systemic > dynamics emerge, things become LESS complicated. > Complexity breeds simplicity. I think that some things > appear to be far more complicated than they really are, > because we haven't yet recognized the wholeness of the > system or the wholenesses of subsystems. The existence of > macroscopic wholes significantly reduces apparent > complicatedness. There would be no value, for example, in > drilling down reductionistically to the level of quarks to > gain a better understanding of animal behavior. FWIW, the dictionary seems to think "complicated" has stronger connotations of "harder to understand" than "complex" does. It also says: ``Complex implies a combination of many associated parts: The composer transformed a simple folk tune into a complex set of variations. Complicated stresses elaborate relationship of parts: The party's complicated platform confused many voters.'' - http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=complex -- __________ |im |yler http://timtyler.org/ [email protected] Remove lock to reply.