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13 February 2013 @ 10:59 am
I often feel like pretty much the whole world is explained by an understanding of surface area:volume ratios, and a general understanding of the effects of adding/subtracting energy from a system.

What frameworks are central to your understanding of the world?
Randy Smithrandysmith on February 13th, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
Feedback loops, and how they can produce stable situations with negative feedback loops, or turn a normally analoge, continuously variable world into one which is actually well modeled with discrete thinking, with positive feedback loops. And how understanding feedback loops often completely invalids the "A is caused by B" logic that is so often used.

veek on February 13th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
Anicca (pron. "uh-NEECH-chuh") -- everything is changing all the time. Everything, including steel beams and rocks and everything.

Edited at 2013-02-13 04:10 pm (UTC)
... in a handbasketinahandbasket on February 13th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
EVERYTHING is part of a larger system; when you take things in isolation you're only fooling yourself.
Cycles/loops/strange-loops, energy in/out, all these things are just manifestations of your perspective being too small to encompass the entirety of the situation/system.
drwexdrwex on February 13th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
Very well said
Newton's laws, roughly, have their analogs in human systems (equal and opposite, objects in motion, etc).

Also, way more things are wicked problems (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_problem) than people expect.
Jonathan Woodward: Ming the Mercilesswoodwardiocom on February 13th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)

Also, the understanding that everyone has an agenda, and anyone can be wrong.
Martha42itous on February 13th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
Cause and effect. I remember having this insight when I was about twelve, that every thing and event in the world can be considered as a cause and an effect of other things and events, and I still think it's an essential basis of how I see the world.
Bad Rabbitzzbottom on February 13th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
If I know what's nearby north, south, east and west of me, then even if I don't know where I am, I'm not lost.
Will O'the Wispwotw on February 13th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
Aggregate budget constraints.
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on February 14th, 2013 03:40 am (UTC)
The ratio of positive interactions to negative ones.
phoenixamber_phoenix on February 14th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
there is always another perspective.
harimad on February 14th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)

Most notably:
- there's no such thing as a free lunch;
- people respond to incentives;
- beware the externalized costs (ie, costs that aren't borne by the person doing the action; classic example is pollution from driving a car).
Ellen: book spacekeyne on February 15th, 2013 06:15 am (UTC)
Mine comes not from science (although I suppose evolution is a large part of my worldview -- my grandfather was a paleontologist), but from a fantasy series.

In the Chronicles of Amber, the royals are always adding and subtracting elements to move their environments closer to the "real" world that is Amber. I use that metaphor a lot in subtracting elements from my life that don't fit and editing in ones that do.
DancingWolfGrrldancingwolfgrrl on February 16th, 2013 05:18 am (UTC)
Everything that involves human beings is about feelings. Some of it is also about what it is apparently about.

Actions have consequences.