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Simple systems without necessarily simple properties

Robert May once said the following: Not only in research, but in the everyday world of politics and economics, we would all be better off if more people realised that simple systems do not necessarily possess simple dynamical properties.

The huger the mob, and the greater the apparent anarchy, the more perfect is its sway

Here is a quote from Francis Galton, a father of the applied statistics in society: I know of scarcely anything so apt to impress the imagination as the wonderful form of cosmic order expressed by the “Law of Frequency of Error”. The law would have been personified by the Greeks and deified, if they had … Continue reading

Science, knowledge and wisdom

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov

All men dream: but not equally…

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. Lawrence de Arabia

Eppur si muove

Eppur si muove. Galileo Galilei

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit

Henry Adams: “Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit”. Y estamos en época de caos.

El matemático Poincaré decía…

El matemático Poincaré decía: “El caos es un orden que no conocemos”. – “Pues ahora estamos en un orden que no conocemos” – “¿Y qué perspectivas hay?” – “Pues el próximo orden”

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate…

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. … Continue reading

it’s never too late…

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope … Continue reading

In theory…

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. Jan L.A. Van de Snepscheut