COMPLEX ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS
The brain, the immune system, gene-regulation networks, the formation of clouds, the fluctuations in the stock market, weather prediction and artificial intelligence are all examples of complex adaptive systems. For a system to be considered complex and adaptive it must consist of many different interactive components which are themselves non linear and dynamic. This in turn leads to multiple levels of organisation within the system.
The dynamic of all social human interactions, both interpersonal and societal, are governed by complexity.
"What a distressing difference there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the adult." Sigmund Freud."
Children exhibit all the behaviours of a complex adaptive system that is constantly shifting and changing in relation to his or her environment whereas most adults exhibit state bound behaviour which in essence is the exact opposite of a responsive behaviour.
Complexity is a model for thinking about the world around us and viewing a human being through this lens opens up a variety of new options ultimately giving more choice and more freedom.