Most readers will know this image, now iconic for all the wrong reasons (and blogged about here earlier this year)
We shouldn’t groan when we see such images, we should be excited. A three minute TED talk by ecologist Eric Berlow explains why, using approaches from his work in natural systems.
The presentation left me reflecting on the famous quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes:
I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.”