InterJournal Complex Systems, 166
Status: Submitted
Manuscript Number: [166]
Submission Date: 980216
Robust Non-Fractal Complexity
Author(s): James N. Rose

Subject(s): CX.1

Category: Brief Article


Primary versions of complexity to date have been considered relative to fractal models. They have tended to show that complexly ordered patternings arise or emerge after massive iterations of some relatively simple functions which, on their face, do not indicate that important relational and temporal patternings are nascently inherent in them. Corollary work (Prigogine, et al) has shown that in some cases contra-entropy plateaus of stability exist far from initial equilibrium conditions, giving secondary and tert- iary conditions on which to build complex systems. These are important and pervasive factors of complexity. Yet, complexity can also be seen in situations which do not involve inordinate membership or interaction samples, and also, in situations that are not easily assessable by equi- librium statistics. It is the author's contention that there also exists a more general and robust form of complexity generating mechanism denotable in simple systems with non- homogeneous construction (that is, in systems which have independent yet interactive sub-components). These sub- components can be evaluated with their own behavior-space, independent from yet interactive with the behavior-space of the system at large.

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