Any study which throws light upon the nature of "order" or "pattern" in the universe is surely nontrivial. --Gregoy Bateson, Steps to an Ecology of Mind What is self-organization? "Orderly flock patterns arise from these simple, local interactions." Are the birds playing follow the leader? Or are bird flocks "leaderless and self-organized"? Centralized authority doesn't rule. Decentralized components have local interactions and complex patterns and behavior emerges. What is the "centralized mindset"?
"Computer technologies have not always been viewed as a decentralizing force. Just 30 years ago, computers were synonymous with centralizaed power."
Background on IBM versus Apple in the 1984 commercial.