[I studied a LITTLE bit of complexity and chaos theory back in 1990/91 at my unfinished attempt at college, and it’s a remained a hobby for life, “Systems thinking”, though has been lifelong. Reductionism never ‘clicked’ with me. I could write a book of my frustrations with teachers over that, especially in math classes as a kid]
This is very accessible – it doesn’t sound EXACTLY like what the “crude look at the whole” is about: it’s about systems, and the father of systems thinking… but both complex systems and systems have the same basis and the same criticisms of reductionism, the problem with knowledge silos, etc.
I just got back home and only 9 minutes into it, I can see it’s right up my alley. He’s fast moving but with even an inkling of compsci / network theory experience, or a smattering of physics, it’s a fascinating presentation so far. Hard to find presentations like this: down to earth, the guy knows his stuff and you don’t get that “I’m talking down to you” feeling yet he’s not running over people’s heads either.