1The Perfect Storm of Complexity

When you want to know how things really work, study them when they’re coming apart.

—William Gibson, Zero History

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

— H. L. Mencken

Humanity has always suffered plagues, famines, floods, and warfare. In modern times we have faced new horrors, such as nuclear weapons and AIDS. One common stance toward our current challenges is that we will adapt just as we have always adapted. The trouble with this stance is that our current challenges are profoundly different from those of the past. Our familiar modern responses no longer work because they’re based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what we are facing.


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