What Is Complexity?

The activity of all living things is driven by a single concept, called 'relationships'. We have relationships with nature, so we eat it, we have relationship with our clothes, so we wear them, we have relationships with people, so we engage with them.

From a mindspace perspective, relationships are the root cause of all organizational interactions and natural events.

Let’s visualize it: people are circles and the means by which they communicate and share information are represented by lines.


By nature, any network of relationships, such as a family or business, grows increasingly complex as the number of new pathways (lines) outpaces the number of new organizations (circles).


When there are more lines, there is more 'complexity'.

The benefit of increasing complexity is that the entire organization feels like it's moving faster and outpacing competitors.

The problem with increasing complexity is that the organization's sphere of influence becomes increasingly uncertain and leads to a higher probability of negative outcomes.


It's important to note that every arrangement of matter can be referenced as a line-to-circle ratio called complexity that inhabits an abstract space.

In thought theory, it is hypothesized that an organization's complexity ratio determine its attractive force on nearby organizations, while its constant flux in complexity generates distortions in the passage of time.

Material arrangements that take advantage of complex networks will appear to prosper and reproduce, while other organisms go extinct because they have been out-paced by other that harness 'gravity' and time more effectively.

All symbols in mindspace interact with each other creating distortions in time and space, which reveals itself as specific series of probabilistic events in reality.

Here are 3 (out of 5) ways of visualizing complexity in Thought Theory:


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