A beautiful essay explaining how we can learn from evolution and the complexity that is the results of it. All based on the idea that you cannot beat evolution, or in other terms, Natures' design rules. It is directed at design but it is explained that well that you can apply the basics anaywhere! Excellent, excellent!!
"The sophistication and power of these designs lies in their complex geometric structures, and more particularly, in the processes by which those structures are evolved and transformed within groupings or systems."
The authors appear to understand evolution:
"Our own capacity to experience beauty is, from an evolutionary point of view, just such a biological recognition of what is most likely to promote our wellbeing."
As well as what systems theory is all about:
"Each of these problems requires a system decomposition that defines a distinct type of subsystem of the entire design. And each has to be addressed separately, at least initially. Of course, eventually everything will have to be recombined, ...."
Hence, this is not reducing a system:
"The final configuration converges neither to an “approved” image, nor to some fixed initial abstraction, but rather towards an emergent quality of the system itself as it adapts to generate strong internal and external coherence."
Via Spaceweaver, Complexity Digest