Coping With the Bounds: Speculations on Nonlinearity in by Thomas J. Czerwinski

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Dealing with the limits: Speculations on Nonlinearity in army Affairs

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Chapter 1 15 Note that the structure is hierarchical, but not in the bureaucratic sense. For all of the talk one hears today about the demise of “tyrannical” hierarchies and the rise of “networked” organizations such as the Internet, nature does not work that way. A good example of emergent behavior is also demonstrated by a popular simulation known as “boids,” in which a few simple rules result in quite complex behaviors akin to the flocking of birds or the schooling of fish. A good Internet site for “boids” may be found in Wikipedia.

13 Holland, Hidden, 41–42. Chapter 2 The Nature of Linear Reductionism We live in a world orderly enough that it pays to measure. - Paul Johnson, Fire in the Mind L inearity (which has been linked for the last 200 years with the great Sir Isaac Newton, and dubbed Newtonianism) has always rubbed up against the nonlinear world. This is inevitable since nonlinearity has always been present, has always been representative of most of our world, and is growing. This has not always been recognized. ’ ”14 14 Stephen F.

Chapter 1 15 Note that the structure is hierarchical, but not in the bureaucratic sense. For all of the talk one hears today about the demise of “tyrannical” hierarchies and the rise of “networked” organizations such as the Internet, nature does not work that way. A good example of emergent behavior is also demonstrated by a popular simulation known as “boids,” in which a few simple rules result in quite complex behaviors akin to the flocking of birds or the schooling of fish. A good Internet site for “boids” may be found in Wikipedia.

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