I noticed this article at Andrew Revkin’s Twitter account. It makes a point, about both the environment and our global economy, that I find profoundly important to any decisions our society makes. We live in very complex environmental and economic systems. They are not understandable in any conventional logic. As a matter of fact, many aspects of the systems are illogical (thus our studies of ‘chaos’).
We have spent a lot of time in the last years attempting to find computational and logic systems in both science and economics to ‘understand’ these complex systems.
For me, placing the emphasis on understanding (and improving) the smallest elements works much better.