Notes on systems

  • When a system interacts with its environment, it seeks to create a mirror image of its own interface inside the environment. But because the environment is a system as well, it, also, seeks to create a mirror image (and more often than not succeeds) inside the system.
  • Economics is the study of how a system can efficiently use available resources in itself and in the environment to achieve its goals.
  • Systems have goals. Sometimes a system designer implants the goals, but other times systems develop their own goals.