Principal: Contributions to the symposium held at Montpellier, France, 9-11 May, 1984
Contiene: Understanding complexity. The intelligence of complexity. On the definition of complexity. The pervasiveness of complexity: common trends. New paradigms, and research orientations. The many faces of complexity. Complexity and meaning. Complexity in focus. New perspectives on complexity. Complexity and causality. The consequences of complexity in economics: vulnerability, risk, and rigidity factors in supply. The complexity of interdependence in living systems. Quanta and relativity, cosmos and consciousness. Complexity in nature. Natural complexity and self-creation of meaning. Time-geography: focus on the corporeality of man, society, and environment. Perceiving and managing the complexity of ecological systems. Ecosystems: diversity and connectivity as measurable components of their complication. A concept of Eco-technology: technological approaches to complexity. Complexity in society. Autonomy and complexity in sociology. Towards a new science of complex systems. Management of complexity. Spontaneous social orders. Complexity, democracy, and governance. Outline of a policy for the future. Overview. The epistemology of complexity and some reflections on the Symposium. Thoughts in verse on contributions to the Symposium.