what octopus can teach us

“I’m a cynic about generalism in biology and ecology, because systems are so complex,” he says. “It took us a while to come to the point where we had any rules at all.”

  • decentralisation
  • symbiosis
  • redundancy

Just as importantly, Sagarin discovered what it is that organisms don’t do. In general, they don’t plan, predict or try to be perfect. “We spend a lot of time in planning exercises, making predictive models, and in optimization routines,” says Sagarin. “All of which have essentially been selected against in nature, because they’re incredibly wasteful when you live in an unpredictable world.” … the biggest dangers are those we’ve yet to identify, and if nature is any guide, the only way to prepare for them and respond to them effectively is to have an abundance of flexibility and skills which can be combined to meet any challenge.




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Working at the intersection between philosophy, art and technoscience
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