The issue of complexity, as applied to the way we gather information and learn, is a hallmark of this information age. The sheer amount of data, in addition to the increasingly technological way in which the data are delivered, have had profound effects on the ways in which we process information and, hopefully, learn. In this cutting edge volume, Wayne Reeves, a professor as well as consultant to Sun Microsystems, provides an overview of the field of complexity (including chaos theory, information literacy, and Knowledge Management Tools) and presents a working framework to help guide further research. Aimed particularly at researchers, professors, and students in the areas of cognitive science and library//information sc
Chapter 2: The Nature and Origins of Cognitive Complexity
The Nature and Origins of Cognitive Complexity
Some people maintain that increased complexity is an inevitable consequence of the times, and the role of computers is to manage complexity. Nonsense. Consciously throwing complexity at people (or computers) is an admission of ignorance, laziness, or haste…. The very purpose of science is to help us understand the complex world around us through simple explanations. The purpose of technology is to make new artifacts fulfill the needs of humans, not to make their lives more complicated. Our ancient human traits will ensure that we will only tolerate so much complexity; if the technologies of the Information Marketplace become too complex, we won't use them often and may just ignore them altogether.