Herb Simon and your life as nearly decomposable systems
an interintellect salon
"discovery as problem solving"
Introduction & Question
What is something in your life you're trying to describe right now?
Background to Herb Simon
Healthcare >> Subsystems as health systems Organizations >> Subsystems as teams ML >> Subsystems as different ML systems Local government >> Subsystems as policies Disciplines >> Subsystems as different skill-sets, like music vs. engineering
problem solving & decision making
About ND systems
How to negotiate reviewing existing systems vs. creating new systems? How to deal with subsystems with the 'wrong' propinquity / links? From what level do you look at the problem? When do systems & sub-systems form?
& Where we see...
coarse graining in science
metaphor in narrative
State vs. process descriptions
the language is the program
benefit to simplicity
concept of description
Fiction as a tool
Links from the Salon
"The design principle that attention is scarce and must be preserved is very different from a principle of 'the more information the better.'" -HS
The power of something to touch & manipulate
Links shared by participants:
Instead of asking "Can you explain it?" instead... "Can you grow it?" - JE & RA
On Metaphor & Storytelling