The Logic of Complexity
There is no doubt about it: the world is getting more complex every day, and it is going to continue to do so. This is a problem because complex systems behave in an unpredictable fashion and usually challenge our usual way of designing things and planning for the future. But the fact that complex things are by nature unpredictable does not mean that they can not be understood or managed. In this course, we will discuss the characteristics of complex systems, explore the best strategies to deal with them and incorporate new mindsets on how to tackle complex social problems. We will use examples from the natural world and from human systems and then we will use an incredibly complex tool (our brains) to search for patterns in a hugely complex environment: a big city.