Complex adaptive systems are one way to model lots and lots of different kinds of things that happen in the universe, at a variety of scales. CAS models are used to understand everything from immune system responses to macroeconomic fluctuations, to sociological phenomena.
So why not take a look at it? Features include:
Fully object-oriented complex adaptive system simulator, coded from scratch in Flash CS4 (Actionscript 3).
Introductory movie with all kinds of appropriated images from the creative commons and Prelinger archives
Links to lots of complex systems resources, including a full programming framework to create your own multi-agent modeling schemes.
Media theorist and author of many influential books on advertising, corporate influence on culture, and too many more to name, weighs in on the future of the publishing business on Publishers’s Weekly. Conclusion: The publishing business’s woes are short-term; good things are coming:
Behind the bad news, there is much to look forward to. Our industry has for too long favored those skilled at negotiating the corporate ladder and punished those who simply publish great books. Now that publishing has revealed itself to be a bad growth industry, it is free to rebuild itself as the vibrant, scaled and sustainable business the reading public can support.