Methodically Processing Systems

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Building a dam to control a god may have unintended consequences. 
Learn how systems turn people into liars and do work on your behalf.    Further Reading: The Systems Bible – by John Gall How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams Obliquity – John Kay
The order of your actions makes a difference.    Further Reading: Skin in the Game by Nassim Taleb The Great Influenza by John M. Barry  
The most hidden things are right in front of you, all thanks to systems. 
Two great composers experience very different lives.    Further Reading: The Formula by Albert-László Barabási   MPS Season 1 + Music (50% off): MPS Season 2 + Music (50% off): System Wisdom PDF (50% off): System Wisdom PDF + Audiobook (50% off):
The coronavirus makes for a great way to learn about systems and the power of worrying. Further Reading:    Get the first season of Methodically Processing Systems here:  
Measuring systems is trickier than you'd think. 
Nothing helps foul systems pop up like trying to be clever. 
To control something you need something important. 
From driving a car, to love, and war, complex systems don't like complex solutions.   Further Reading: Risk Savvy – by Gerd Gigerenzer   The Art of War – by Sun Tzu
The entire world is made up of parts that act upon each other. These parts may have clear boundaries, or their boundaries may be fuzzy. Anything that is pieced together with two or more interacting parts is a system. In practice, that means everything is a system because interacting pieces and parts form everything. As the number of parts and their visible (and hidden) interactions increase, systems grow complex, and the rules you’re used to no longer apply. System Wisdom is a book about how the rules of the game change as you cross the boundary from complicated to complex. System Wisdom is a collection of 17 essays split into four main parts. In the first part you’ll learn some key concepts about different kinds of systems and their importance to our lives. Get the book and audiobook today at
The way to success can be found in how you go about failure. 
Everyone but cooks seem to forget about scale.  Further Reading: Antifragile by Nassim Taleb
Blunt instruments have poor resolution. MPS Season 1 + Music (50% off): MPS Season 2 + Music (50% off): System Wisdom PDF (50% off): System Wisdom PDF + Audiobook (50% off):
A mildly invasive species illustrates why some things don't work well together. 
Systems have senses just like you.    Further Reading:  The Silk Roads - Peter Frankopan Systemantics - John Gall
Success attracts more success.    Further Reading:  The Formula - Albert-László Barabási
Everything about space kills you, except for Zero-G. 
A preview of what's coming starting March 2020.  You can get the full first season of Methodically Processing System here:
A single, meaningless note becomes a lesson for living in the real world.    Further Reading: Antifragile – by Nassim Taleb  
What if doing the same thing again and again is the sane thing? MPS Season 1 + Music (50% off): System Wisdom PDF (50% off): System Wisdom PDF + Audiobook (50% off):  
A problem in computer science can help explain a problem in our daily lives.  Visit our new site for weekly Methodically Processing content and articles:
You can make a country with a pen and paper if you're wise enough. 
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Jan 28th, 2018
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Mar 9th, 2020
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