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A Crude Look at the Whole: The Science of Complex Systems in Business, Life, and Society by John H. Miller

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From Bees to Brains: Group Intelligence

For so work the honey-bees, creatures that by a rule in nature teach the act of order to a peopled kingdom.

—William Shakespeare

Consider for a moment happening upon an alien organism. It has an outer membrane that contains its insides while also keeping the outside world at bay. When potential predators approach, it has the ability to send out poisonous projectiles to repel them. Inside the organism, tens of thousands of particles perform a variety of functions, including maintaining this apparently warm-blooded organism’s interior temperature within narrow bounds, transporting waste products to the outside world, creating new particles and maintaining old ones, and many other internal processes ...

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