Management of chaotic systems is engineering task humans have been doing for thousands of years. Simple “two dimensional” layered systems such as the difference between the inside and outside of a house is for me a fantastic real-world example of mitigating the effects. Particularly interesting is what happens when these systems fail or are not installed properly: Life forms within it. A lot of it. I daresay it would mutate given enough time.

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I gave a very good oral report on Oppenheimer in 10th grade. Same era that my obsession with black holes and theoretical physics reached a point where I could finally write about it / do it for schoolwork 1987/88-ish. For the life of me I can’t think of what I could have filled up a 10 minute oral report on J. Robert Oppenheimer or rather, how I could’ve limited. What was my focus? Manhattan project? McCarthy Trials? Bridge between theoretical physics and engineering? His school? Misunderstood genius trope? No idea. Maybe it’s because he helped turn it all into a reality and the dangers of unleashing something you can no longer control. [nuclear arms race]. Yes, it’s probably the arms race. 1987/88, June 12, 1987. “Mr. Gorbachev – tear down this wall.” , Peristroika, hope. New beginnings — and so while witnessing what I thought was the END of the nuclear arms race, it made sense that I’d be fascinated with the BEGINNINGS of it.

I gave a very
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I am going around and around. I looked through my notes at “negative feedback” and once I filtered out the psychology-term “negative feedback”, what’s left is the engineering / physics / math / cybernetics / systems term. Hoping this means it’s knitting together. “Dynamic systems can have any scope. Systems are generally closed + strive towards a balance by their nature generally but the set points also change as well. Negative feedback is common. Some systems seem open but if nothing else they’re closed by the Universe”

I am going around
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