Is complexity a favorable or unfavorable factor of stability in systems?
Any very complex system (For ex. an ecosystem or a sociosystem) offers many alternatives for adaptations to environmental disturbances or, in terms of ASHBY, a high degree of variety.
However this adaptability depends on the system's dynamics. A very static system has scarce possibilities to use any available variety.
On the other hand complexity should not be confused with the excess of redundant and ill-connected parts, which use up the systems resources for their self -maintenance without enhancing its adaptability and can even reduce it.
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