Ecology in the ascendent

Loving this update by Dave Snowden of the ‘three paradigms over time’ S Curves from his recent talk at the International Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning Symposium 2010. The podcast and slides can be found embedded in his latest blogpost.

Interestingly, while checking my spelling of ascendent, I find that back in 1997 Ecology itself was looking for a new “more robust central paradigm” to counter the “prevailing mechanistic paradigms of ecology” and was looking at, among other things, complexity theory – in a book called Ecology, the Ascendent Perspective Robert E. Ulanowicz.

Maybe after all those ‘fluffy bunny’ taunts this is our year …


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