Architecture Dominates Material

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Some civilizations had bricks throughout their entire existence and never figured out the arch, because the arch is a nonlinear organization of bricks. To me that's the most interesting thing: that in matters of complexity, architecture dominates material.

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As a system grows, the structure of the system (architecture) is going to have more impact on its behavior than the individual parts. It is the first principle of systems thinking.

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It applies to social systems as well. In The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge shows how different people in the same structure tend to produce qualitatively similar results.

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