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Simplicity and Complexity
The Underlying Simple Rules for Complexity. How We Create Complexity.
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SIMPLICITY & COMPLEXITY | SOLUTIONS BY CO-CREATION |: The Underlying Simplicity of Complexity

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If all systems are interconnected and continuously interact with each other, then there must be underlying universal rules for interaction. If so, what are the rules? What is the cause and explanation for the increasing complexity?My considerations ... Why do we seek answers far away from ourselves as they are maybe very close....

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Constructed Complexities

Complexity theory and social constructionism are two important meta-theories that have evolved from very different worldviews and knowledge bases. Yet, there are some important similarities between the core arguments of the two meta-theories and these similarities are largely neglected in methodological debates. In essence, both meta-theories reject reductionist, time, space and relationship-free analyses of positivist or Newtonian social science.

While social constructionism reveals existence of multiple realities and viewpoints, history and context dependence of reality and the role of social embeddedness; complexity theory studies heterogeneous populations and the role of stochasticity, path-dependence of processes, the role of interactions and interdependencies and properties of social networks.

This project aims to initiate an international network of scholars working together to identify conflicts or differences as well as links and similarities between complexity theory and social constructionism. The network will also aim to develop a lingua franca through which some stability could be imposed on the terms in which social scientists debate these matters, so that scholars from different disciplines, in particular the early career researchers, could find their way around over crowded terminology.


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