Move up and Down in the System Hierarchy

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The world is a hierarchy of systems.We necessarily perceive these systems in their attractors – in other words, An attractor defines a stable system. So when we’re trying to understand systems, what we’re really looking at are attractors within attractors.

To understand them, we can go two ways:

An indication for switching levels is when Weak signals are caused by events on other system hierarchy levels.

Scale-free Abstractions reduce the cognitive cost of both work on different levels (re-usability) and switching between them (unification), which helps us Move up and down the ladder of abstraction.

A further Strategy to maximise our cognitive leverage is to Start system descriptions top-down.