Only Variety Can Absorb Variety

1 Mar 2010 /
Jerry's Storytelling Doodle

The well-known law of cybernetics — “Only variety can absorb variety” — states that a system cannot meet increasing variety in its environment unless it increases the range of its response repertoire (Ashby’s law of requisite variety, 1956). In lay terms it means one has to be just as messy as the surrounding situation.

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