the big five

With Myron Rogers, I’ve been exploring a set of characteristics of living systems that I’ve found helpful. They have guided me in making sense of ...

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Introducing ‘The Big Five’


Complex problems may not have solutions. You can maybe make them better or worse, but they remain unresolved and stubbornly recalcitrant. So we add an...

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Complexity- The Big Five


Simply changing the principles doesn’t tell you what new pattern of behaviour emerges. You know a new pattern will emerge as the living system makes...

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Emergence- The Big Five


To ask how we become aware of what is happening in a living system is to enquire into the consciousness of that system. The system’s capacity to tak...

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Cognition- The Big Five