This evolving, dynamic page — that will change often offer samples of videos produced by Ermah Ge associates, hosted on our Vimeo page.
Long version (75 min) is below.
Description: This video is a 1 hour, 15 minute introduction to Ermah Ge’s Complexity 101, our course introducing the basic principles of the complexity (system) sciences by Alder Stone Fuller. Live courses are beginning in Bangor Maine in September, 2016. Video courses are also available. All other courses in our Earth Studies Program — both introductory and advanced — build on the principles from this foundational course.
The complexity sciences are a revolution in science on par with relativity theory and quantum physics, but far more relevant to everyday life, and far easier to understand. They are simultaneously a renaissance because they offer an elegant and profound new understanding of nature, Earth, life, human organizations — including corporations — and societies. They are crucially important for both understanding large-scale, abrupt climate change and effectively addressing it. They form the foundation for new cultural maps — needed to guide our species in the 21st century — to replace the obsolete and dangerous cultural maps based on linearity and mechanism.
Topics introduced include:
- networks and complex adaptive systems;
- feedback (positive and negative) and nonlinearity;
- system states (attractors), tipping points and phase transitions;
- self-organized criticality, chaos, the edge of chaos, fractals and power laws;
- self-organization as studied by non-equilibrium thermodynamics, including a revision of the famous second law of thermodynamics;
- emergence and emergent properties (why the whole is greater than the sum of its parts);
- computational systems like cellular automata as models for instructions for emergence of complex systems;
- symbiogenesis (a new principle of evolution based on symbiosis that complements natural selection);
- geophysiology (Earth system sciences), which examines Earth as a self-regulating system.
Description The first of three parts of a 1.5 hour introductory overview of the third course in Ermah Ge’s Earth 101 series. It examines Earth’s metabolism and homeostasis (ErMAH) called Ge or Gaia. Topics include what Ge is and is not; reasons that it has had trouble finding acceptance in the US in mainstream sciences; the necessity of complexity sciences for understanding; a computer model called Daisyworld that helps explain how Ge works; and 4 billion year history of Earth, life and Ge. The second and third parts of this introduction are password protected. I charge a small fee for them — it’s like a mini course — but Ermah Ge students and shareholders get free access. This lecture has been incorporated as one lesson in our most primary course, Complexity 101: Introduction to the Principles of Complexity.
Note: This is a first draft of this video, recorded in summer, 2015 in Portland Oregon. I plan to update this video in coming months, and re-record it eventually using a new slide show. Same concepts, but in a new and improved format. Until then, please ignore references to courses in Oregon … I’m now back in Maine (home). Also, due to non-linearities in reality (unexpected events), the Life 101 course is still not on video. Hopefully by autumn, 2016.