Feedback Systems

One of the central insights of systems theory, as central as the observation that systems largely cause their own behavior, is that systems with similar feedback structures produce similar dynamic behaviors, even if the outward appearance of these systems is completely dissimilar.

Feedback

The information delivered by a feedback loop can only affect future behavior; it can'd deliver the information, and so can't have an impact fast enough to correct behavior that drove the current feedback....

Why is that important? Because it means there will always be delays in responding.

Thinking in Systems

Hunger, poverty, environmental degradation, economic instability, unemployment, chronic disease, drug addiction, and war, for example, persist in spite of the analytical ability and technical brilliance that have been directed toward eradicating them. No one deliberately creates those problems, no one wants them to persist, but they persist nonetheless. That is because they are intrinsically systems problems–undesirable behaviors characteristic of the system structures that produce them. They will yield only as we reclaim our intuition, stop casting blame, see the system as the source of its own problems, and find the courage and wisdom to restructure it.

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Developer at Brown University Library specializing in instructional design and technology, Python-based data science, and XML-driven web development.

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