Download e-book for iPad: Bigger than Chaos: Understanding Complexity through by Michael Strevens

By Michael Strevens

ISBN-10: 0674022599

ISBN-13: 9780674022591

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This ensures some kind of connection between a probability distribution over a macrovariable and the actual behavior of that macrovariable, in particular, between a simple probabilistic law and the corresponding simple behavior. 5. If epa is to explain macrolevel behavior, enion probabilities must be explanatorily potent; that is, they must explain the outcomes they produce, and perhaps even more important, they must explain the way the outcomes are patterned. I will not assume any particular philosophical account of explanation in this study, but I will have plenty to say about the explanation of patterns of outcomes all the same.

It is because of their extrinsic nature that enion probabilities are able to comprehend the influence of the many parts of a complex system. Yet, because they are stochastically independent, enion probabilities behave like individuals. They can be plucked out of a system, hence removed from their context—in reality because they already contain what is important about their context—and put together with other enion probabilities according to the very simple rules of aggregation that apply to independent probabilities.

From an understanding of the principles underlying such derivations, I suggest, emerges an explanation of how microcomplexity in effect gives rise to macrosimplicity. The simple behavior of complex systems can, in other words, be understood by inquiring into the foundations of epa. Let me begin the inquiry with the following question about epa: under what circumstances, exactly, can epa be successfully applied? 23. 11. The greater part of this book—chapters two, three, and four—is an attempt to show that there are, and more importantly, to explain why there are.

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