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|From:||Ali SH <asaegyn+out@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:14:28 -0500|
On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM, Nicola Guarino <nicolguar@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Similarly, someone building models for the climate are definitely trying to analyze a complex socio-technical system. It would not be very useful (or accurate) to remove human activity from the picture. Are they engineering the system? I don't think so, not in the traditional sense at least. Indeed, I would suspect that one of the great challenges of the 21st century is being able to get a handle on these types of systems.
Similarly, I would argue that the same goes for studying the evolution and diversity of flora in the Amazon or a whole slew of other problem domains that we might be tempted at first glance to consider as purely "natural" systems. Is the melt of glaciers a purely natural system? Depleted cod or blue fin tuna stocks?
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