07 September 2009

Managing complexity?

Man acts upon the world and change it, and is in turn changed by the consequenses of his actions. Skinner, 1977
As a man kicks a ball he knows it will roll forward.
As a man kicks a dog one can not now what to expect. The dog might bite, crumble or run away.

Social interactions are hard to predict. Human lives are surrounded by context, history and tradition. How are we all influenced by these? Deleuze suggests that we as humans act out our lives in a conglomerate of interactions through continous negotiations with our context. In this lies an ongoing resistanse against rigid organisation and restriction. "Plateaus" are built as phenonema and context constantly influences each other. Together this builds systems of complexity. This world of complexity has its own dynamics and logic and is difficult to grasp through a sequensal logic. The components are in constant change and make patterns that are hard to plan for and predict.
Opposite to this institutions can be seen as manifested phenomena. But they are social phenomena and will in turn be influenced by the social context they arise from.

"The established order"

Active resistance against rigid organisation and restrictions

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