Complexity: against systems

@article{Chu2011ComplexityAS,
  title={Complexity: against systems},
  author={Dominique F. Chu},
  journal={Theory in Biosciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={130},
  pages={229-245}
}
  • D. Chu
  • Published 2 February 2011
  • Philosophy
  • Theory in Biosciences
This article assumes a specific intuitive notion of complexity as a difficulty to generate and/or assess the plausibility of models. Based on this intuitive understanding of complexity, it identifies two main causes of complexity, namely, radical openness and contextuality. The former is the idea that there are no natural systems. The modeler always needs to draw artificial boundaries around phenomena to generate feasible models. Contextuality is intimately connected to the requirement to… 
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