FOLLOW Understanding Dynamic Systems
A dynamic system has two types of feedback loops:
Positive Feedback: This feedback loop keeps the coveted effect in progress. Balancing Feedback: Also called negative feedback, this loop keeps the system in a balanced state.
Instead of assuming that a dynamic system is a chain of linear events, we need to step back and look at the big picture and try to understand the complex feedback interactions.
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FOLLOW The Law of Unintended Consequences
Sometimes the solution to a problem is worse than the problem itself. It's the Law of Unintended Consequences—and it's more common than you think.
The Law Of Unintended Consequences
There are many situations and disastrous circumstances where impulsive and emotional solutions are applied, which apparently solve the problem but unintentionally create new problems or collateral ...
Decision Making And The Law Of Unintended Consequences Our worst decisions are only later known to us as being terrible ones. When we make those decisions, we think of them as good ones
We take shortcuts and solve problems in a quick-fix, rapid-relief method. We don’t consider any long-term effects or where the dominos will fall based on our choices.
Reasons We Suffer From The Law Of Unintended Consequences We play it safe and do not want to take the time and investigate the root cause of a problem. Our many cognitive biases act like blind spots, making us only see immediate threats. We focus on something visual and available (like what’s on TV) and worry about those problems instead of focusing on the real but invisible problems which may be more lethal. Our decisions have certain compounding effects that are not visible for years, yet when the entire time period and the corresponding events are accounted for, the stupidity of the solution is revealed. FOLLOW The Butterfly Effect
Tiny, minute changes in the initial conditions, circumstances and events can have a huge, outsized impact on the final outcome.
The Butterfly Effect, which was made mainstr... No One Can Predict The Weather Weather predictions, even with our amazing technological advances, are still laughably wrong. The founder of the ‘chaos’ theory, Edward Lorenz, a meteorologist and mathematician, discovered deterministic chaos in 1961 while trying to predict the weather using a simple computer. A small decimal number rounding off created a huge difference in the final outcome, leading to the creation of a seminal paper on the Butterfly Effect. The Arrow Of Time
We grow older, not younger, and if we break something, it can’t be unbroken. The world, it seems, goes from order to disorder, getting messy every minute.
The arrow of time only goes forward, and any introduction of randomness creates a multiplier effect in the environment, leading to unpredictable things to happen.
FOLLOW Problem Solving Desperately Needs Systems Thinking
If we want to overcome the systemic issues behind today's problems, then we need to change the thinking that led to them to begin with. The status quo of how we are taught to think is linear and often reductionist. We learn to break the world down into manageable chunks and see issues in isolation of their systemic roots.
Systems thinking Is a way of seeing the world as a series of interconnected and interdependent systems rather than lots of independent parts.
As a thinking tool, it seeks to oppose the reductioni...
Systems ...are sets of related components that work together in a particular environment to perform whatever functions are required to achieve the system's objective. The 3 main systems at play Social systems: rules and structures, created by humans, that keep society functioning. Industrial systems: all manufactured material world, created to facilitate human needs. The ecosystem: which provides all the natural services (clean air, food, fresh water, minerals and natural resources) needed for the other two systems to exist. Deepstash is better on the app. Discover new ideas and get inspired daily. GET THE APP SIGN IN