What is a Complex System?

What is a Complex System?

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  1. This video is an updated version for our complexity theory course

  2. Awesome update. I loved the previous version, and this version is even more clear and skillfully arranged. Post video self-reflection: How can we use design to strengthen and empower communities that are economically and/or socially disadvantaged? How can we strengthen individual elements within the community and promote greater connectivity?

  3. love your videos, but why can't a complex system have centralized coordebation while still being affected by all the components? for example couldnt you say the mind is the centralized coordnator to the body despite everything else having a say in the body? sorry if im not explaning myself perfectly

  4. AOE: Algorithm of Everything:D

  5. That was awesome, thank you!

  6. Really Helpful And Satisfying !

  7. Can you make a video on Bayes Networks? Right up your alley and arguably the most awesome net of all.

  8. The patterns of behaviour that form out of complex system are within themselves complex systems or super complex systems. If you can understand the nature of these super complex systems you'll begin to understand the elements that drive the forces that interrelate with the structures of the networks.

  9. I am master student
    thank you so much for this video
    i would be more thankful if you uploaded a video about how complexity theory relates to Education and supervision in details !
    much love

  10. this video is basically helpful to designing complex system, thank u!

  11. Very good. Thank you

  12. this should have a million views honestly. the the fact that it is free, and no commercial interruptions makes it even better.
    I cannot express more gratitude towards your cause and how eloquently everything has been put together, but thank you so very much.

  13. The theory of living systems far from equilibrium is a mistake. The origin of life, its evolution and the aging of living systems are well explained from the standpoint of hierarchical thermodynamics, which based on the extended theory of J. W. Gibbs. Theory of I. Prigogine – a kinetic theory. It has only historical significance. Further, it should be noted that a complex thermodynamic system in thermodynamics is a system in which not only the work of expansion takes place.
    Georgi Gladyshev | Thermodynamics of evolution

    Hierarchical thermodynamics studies evolutionary changes in real biological systems. Physical-chemical approaches allowed us to explain many facts and make predictions that were confirmed.
    Gladyshev G.P. Life – a complex spontaneous process takes place against the background of non-spontaneous process processes initiated by the environment. J Thermodyn Catal 2017, 8: 2 DOI: 10,4172 / 2157-7544.100018
    1. Gladyshev G.P., Thermodynamics of the origin of life, evolution, and aging. International Journal of Natural Science and Reviews, 2018; 2:7. USA.
    2. Gladyshev G. P. On General Physical Principles of Biological Evolution, International Journal of Research Studies in Biosciences. Volume 5, Issue 3, 2017, Page No: 5-10.
    3. Gladyshev G. P. Hierarchical Thermodynamics: Foundation of Extended Darwinism. Imperial Journal of Interdisciplinary Research (IJIR) Vol-3, Issue-2, 2017, ISSN: 2454-1362,

  14. Yes, excellent clarity, cohesion and significance. Well done.

  15. Tx for the video. Its just great, love it.

  16. Complexity Labs is a treasure trove of education. I'd love to see you guys do a course on different kinds of whole/part hierarchies, similar to the suggestion below on Koestler's and Wilber's concept of holons and holarchies. There's a critical conflation that's often made in systems theory between individual holons and social holons, that is, conflations between groups and individuals such as the conflation that is the basis of the Supreme Court's Citizen's United decision. The source article on these group/individual conflations is Fred Kofman's "Holons, Heaps, and Artifacts" ( This confusion is also almost always present in systems theory textbooks which show hierarchical levels of reality starting with atoms and ending with the Gaia system. The confusion is that the lower part of the hierarchy ladder is composed of individuals while the upper part is composed of groups. There are numerous other ways in which individual and group hierarchies are conflated in the culture such as the fascination with large groups of organisms reputedly acting as a single individual (ant colonies, flocks of blackbirds, schools of fish, etc.). Please attack this confusion with one of your excellent courses!

  17. Welcome to the greatest video you never saw in school. I am so obsessed with complexity, understanding it, working with it, troubleshooting it, analysing it etc. My question is mostly, is this normal and do other people have this too or did I find my passion and my love hahaha

  18. Start with this simple background:
    1- in Newtonian formalism, solutions are absolute. And the extent of this absolutism is proportional inform of forces. See gravitational force.
    2- in Einstein formalism: solutions are relative. And the extent of this relativity is assymetric inform of a field. See gravitation field.
    3- in Hilbert/zaid(my)formalism, solutions are complex. And the extent of this complexity is symmetric inform of a system. See gravitation system.
    Hope that will say a lot more than writing you down concepts, images, curves, graphs and equations if you have a back ground in science.


  20. Thank you so much. it really helps a lot to understand better than those class lectures. thanks once again. God bless u

  21. This seems so vague "An unordered system is simply a set of things"???? I'm not sure why people need to learn about this
    I'm really confused. This seems like common sense? At first when elements were mentioned as thought about elements as in elements from the periodic table but I don't think it meant that. I think it just meant elements in a vague way. I don't study this I just came across it but I am a confused as to why people do study it

  22. Quote: "When all of this elements are working together we are getting a new level of organisation." I am doubting that this is a suitable definition of a "system" because many things satisfy this requirements but still aren´t a system (in my oppinion). Example: a family (elements = yes existant, relations = yes supposed to be existant, emerged organisation = probably yes); to me, a family still seems to be group of related creatures and not a system because the systematic simply is missing. 2nd example: the "car" you are referring: to me, a car is rather a technical device than a system (in this example you mustn´t mix-up interplay of compnents with relation)… You can go on in examples or rather counterexamples. After a couple of reflections I came to the conclusion that "system" is a fantasy word which is (and can be) used in daily routine by allmost everyone. But in my opinion it is not useful in scientific investigations. It is better to find or invent an apposite expression on what we want to work on. Thank you very much! You helped me a lot with your video. Please do more!

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