Knowledge flows for a world of Complexity

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

Bruce Lee

“The “flow of information” through human communication channels is enormous. So far no theory exists, to our knowledge, which attributes any sort of unambiguous measure to this “flow”” …

— Anatol Rapoport

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A World with as many Clouds as Clocks.

A changing evolutionary Fitness Landscape in a world of Complexity.

Three-Dimensional Landscape of Genome. HIPMap (high-throughput imaging position mapping) accurately determines the position of a gene in the three-dimensional (3D) space of the cell nucleus. In this illustration, images of genes (red, green, and blue spots within the nuclei of HeLa cells) are artificially superimposed on images of multi-well plates. Creator: Tom Misteli, Sigal Shachar, Murali Palangat — Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

The limits of Logic[17] and an illustration of Godels Incompleteness Theorem in an emergent Quantum Complex World [18].

“If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realise how complicated life is” …

“a virtual or imaginary community which does not necessarily exist in any identifiable space”.

“The more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes, because then citizens of countries around the world can hold their own governments accountable. They can begin to think for themselves”…

- Barack Obama

“Individuals,” they argue, “are best thought of in terms of dynamical processes and not as stationary objects.”

What processes produce distinct identity?

An information theory of individuality that describes emergent agency at different scales and with distributed communication networks (e.g. both ants and colonies at once).

“For the purpose of this discussion, life is defined as a material system that can acquire, store, process, and use information to organise its activities. In this broad view, the essence of life is information but information is not synonymous with life. To be alive, a system must not only hold information but process and use it. It is the active use of information and not the passive storage, that constitutes life”…

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“It is the flow of Information, Energy and the interplay between the mind, Body, and Environment through accumulating both explicit (abstraction) and tacit (interaction) knowledge & embracing The Adjacent Possible that enables living systems to minimise entropy (uncertainty) & energy thereby proving an evolutionary pathway to navigate the complexity of Reality”…

“Information is a name for the content of what is exchanged with the outer world as we adjust to it, and make our adjustment felt upon it. The process of receiving and of using information is the process of our adjusting to the contingencies of the outer environment, and of our living effectively within that environment. The needs and the complexity of modern life make greater demands on this process of information than ever before, and our press, our museums, our scientific laboratories, our universities, our libraries and textbooks, are obliged to meet the needs of this process or fail in their purpose. To live effectively is to live with adequate information. Thus, communication and control belong to the essence of man’s inner life, even as they belong to his life in society.”…

A shift from Aristotelean top down formal symbolic binary logic to an Hegelian emergent dialectic of information & knowledge flows[28]

A shift from a Digital World of Machines to an Analog World of Complex Evolving Systems & Flows [29]

A shift from Humans as physical biological entities to evolving and learning systems[30]

A shift from knowing to learning [31]

A shift from Physical Brains to Liquid Brains[32]

A shift from Intelligence to Collective Intelligence[33] where computational systems[34] supplement human sensemaking[35] and collective sensemaking[36]

A shift from Organisations that produce Products & Services to Learning & Knowledge Organisations[37]

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong”[38]

― Lao Tzu

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