Reply to: Big Science Project and Research Agenda
<blockquote><strong class="quote">John Motloch wrote:</strong> <P>Unlocking complexity is the term I use to refer to enabling socio-ecological systems to re-activate the deeply interconnected physicality and co-adapted behaviors through which they, as complex adaptive systems, thrive. I contend that the ability of these systems to thrive -- and for humanity to thrive within them -- is currently compromised by a history of escalating human actions that arrest the ability of complex co-adapted systems to sustain their whole-system functionality and their ability to co-adapt and regenerate whole-system complexity. At the most basic level, this includes the complexity through which, in the early stages of biological complexification of the planet, living systems co-adapted with complexity to use low energy photons of light to power the transformation of planet Earth from a gray orb into a highly-complex, interconnected, productive and regenerative web of life. It also includes the continuously unfolding big history of biological complexification of the living planet.</P> <P>In the “Whole-Systems Approach to Sustainability”, that has been accepted for the <EM>Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education</EM>, I talk about how to unlock complexity by re-provisioning complex socio-ecological systems to function as biologically-complex systems. I then talk about re-empowering these biologically-complex systems, so they can promote regeneration at the higher levels of complexity and biocapacity needed for completion of their currently-arrested transformation to cognitive complexity. I talk about removing the residuals of Anthropocene 1.0 behaviors that currently lock-up biologically-complex systems and that compromise their ability to sustain full-functionality, regeneration and transformation into cognitively-complex systems. I speak to unlocking complexity by empowering the massive numbers of cycles of innovation and co-adaptation as feedstock for feedforward-feedback loops. I explore the on-going building of the wisdom needed to enable the co-adaptation of deeply-coordinated behaviors, re-empower biologically-complex adaptive systems, and unlock currently-arrested maturation of planet earth as a cognitively-complex adaptive system. I address these as dimensions of the emerging Anthropocene 2.0 consciousness that can build the transformative resilience needed by humanity to thrive in this period of rapid socio-ecological system change.</P> <P><BR></P> </blockquote><br>
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