Posted by: Xhyra Graf | 19 January 2007

Model 23

The Adjacent Beyond Model

If we invent one new thing and add it to the world, it can be combined with some of all the previously existing things in that world. Each new thing added exponentially expands the total possible number of such combinations of things (Arthur, 1994; Kauffman, 1995; Kauffman, 2000). Each such possible combination can be imagined and tested for utility or interest in various contexts. Eventually some combinations are found exciting new creations, that, as soon as they are implemented in reality, exponentially combine with all previous items, in turn, fostering still further “discovered” combination-inventions. This “adjacent beyond” of all possible changes in the present that are one step removed from it, grows exponentially as discoveries are made, due to the factorial nature of the way they increase possible combinations with existing things. Thus any system capable of noticing new combinations and deploying them in its own midst, necessarily becomes increasingly “creative” over time–whether this be sunspots, bacteria, or humans.

In a way the adjacent beyond model is a more elemental version of the general non-linear systems model. It identifies within that larger framework a core that suffices to become a fourth law of thermodynamics–systems increase organization/complexity over time via increased combinatorial possibilities everytime they develop a combination of their elements into a new functioning whole to deploy in their midst.



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