There’s something beautiful about those eerily perfect systems you always find in nature, or in math, or in cleverly designed man-made arrangements. You know… those win-win systems that magically align all their parts and incentives in a seamless positive-feedback loop… and just work. This might explain why I was so floored after learning about the carbon cycle, the underpinnings of Satoshi Nakamoto’s peer-to-peer electronic cash idea, and Adam Smith’s conception of capitalism (I know… this one’s not actually perfect at all). These rare systems figured out how to run on renewable fuel, as if some stroke of engineering genius had elevated these crazily complex Rube Goldberg machines into supremely powerful, entropy-reversing organisms. Like, golly, it’s systems like these that will run our world one day, and you know you’ve struck the jackpot as an influencer or entrepreneur when you’ve created one (“IT’S ALIVE!!!!” — Victor Frankenstein). I’ve started reading Godel Escher Bach, and I can’t help but think of Hofstadter’s admiration for infinite loops and self-reference, which he thinks pave the way to turning intricate systems into something more… more meta. It has sort of struck me that he too, probably thinks systems science is the bomb dot com. Man, it is so darn fascinating… enough to make a brown-suited, briefcase-holding lad like him dance with joy… and me too.