Adaptive Capacity

Complex systems are able to adjust their behaviors in response to inputs. This adaptive capacity allows these systems to achieve a better 'fit' within their context.

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We are all familiar with the concept of adaptation as it relates to evolution, with Darwin outlining how species diversity is made possible by the mutations that enhance a species' capacity to survive and thereby reproduce. Over time, mutations that are well-adapted to a given context will survive, and ill-adapted ones will perish. Through this simple process - repeated in parallel over multiple generations - species are generated that are supremely tuned to their environmental context. While adaptation principles have their basis in biological evolution, a more 'general' Darwinism looks to processes outside the biological context to see how similar mechanisms may be at play in a broad range of systems. Accordingly, any system that has the capacity for Variation, Selection, and Retention (VSR), is able to adapt and become more 'fit'.


 


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