Complexity and the Future

  • Fred Phillips
Part of the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies book series (STAIS)


The chapter asks, is the future more complicated than it used to be? It seems more complex now because we are inundated with more information every day than ever before, and everything we deal with daily seems to have multiple, confusing aspects. Luckily, we have new tools for making sense of, and managing, this complexity. They are explained in the chapter, which explores the meaning of chaos, nonlinear systems, and the butterfly effect. Citing prominent thinkers, the chapter shows that being attached to simple solutions to complex problems is psychologically maladaptive—as is (on the other hand) becoming so lost in complexity that one never reaches a decision.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred Phillips
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  1. 1.Anderson School of ManagementUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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