Editor: Bruce J. West

Simplifying Complexity: Life is Uncertain, Unfair and Unequal

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ISBN: 978-1-68108-218-9 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-217-2 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2016
DOI: 10.2174/97816810821721160101

Introduction

In life, we often face unavoidable complexities in terms of our ability to understand or influence outcomes. Some questions which arise due to these complexities are: Why can’t the future be made certain? Why do the some people or events always end up at the center of controversy? Why do only a select few get ahead of their peers? Each question pertains to three central elements of complexities and these elements are: uncertainty, inequality and unfairness.

Simplifying Complexity explains the scientific study of complex cognitive networks, as well as the methods scientists use to parse difficult problems into manageable pieces. Readers are introduced to scientific methodology and thought processes, followed by a discourse on perspectives on the three elements of complexity through concepts such as normal and non-normal statistics, scaling and complexity management.

Simplifying Complexity combines basic cognitive science and scientific philosophy for both advanced students (in the fields of sociology, cognitive science, complex networks and change management) and for general readers looking for a more scientific guide to understanding and managing the nature of change in a complex world.

Foreword

- Pp. i-iv (4)
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Preface

- Pp. v
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Prologue

- Pp. vi-ix (4)
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How Scientists Think

- Pp. 3-51 (49)
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Uncertain: A Simple World View

- Pp. 52-95 (44)
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Unfair: A Complex World View

- Pp. 96-151 (56)
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Unequal: A Matter of Scale

- Pp. 152-199 (48)
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Complexity Management Principle

- Pp. 200-246 (47)
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Apology for Complexity

- Pp. 247-263 (17)
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References

- Pp. 264-272 (9)
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Subject Index

- Pp. 273-283 (11)
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