One of the functions of an organization, of any organism, is to anticipate the future, so that those relationships can persist over time.
The way to build a complex system that works is to build it from very simple systems that work.
Complexity that works is built up out of modules that work perfectly, layered one over the other.
It's generally much easier to kill an organization than to change it substantially.
A brain is a society of very small, simple modules that cannot be said to be thinking, that are not smart in themselves. But when you have a network of them together, out of that arises a kind of smartness.
It has become evident that the primary lesson of the study of evolution is that all evolution is coevolution: every organism is evolving in tandem with the organisms around it.
An organization is a set of relationships that are persistent over time.
But when you are embodied in a location, in a physical plant, in a set of people, and in a common history, that constrains your evolution and your ability to evolve in certain directions.
And they discovered something very interesting: when it comes to walking, most of the ant's thinking and decision-making is not in its brain at all. It's distributed. It's in its legs.
We are infected by our own misunderstanding of how our own minds work.
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