Living systems grow from simple seeds
# Living systems grow from simple seeds
- Start with the simplest that could work
- All life comes from life
- It is always better to grow rather than build (cultivate, don’t create)
A wiki has two simple mechanisms:Everyone can write on every page.You can link other pages, whether or not they exist.That’s it. Yet this simple alphabet evolved complex living systems, from personal notes, to collaborative fansites, to Wikipedia.
- Some of the most complex systems emerge from simple binaries. The richness of contrast creates gradients
A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system. (Gall’s Law)