Whole > Sum(Parts)
I was chatting to my friend Mark today. He's retired and spends his time doing exactly what he wants to which is mostly making tools and using them to make more tools and lots of beautiful things. Today he was showing me his newly finished rose cutter which allows him to create wood turning patterns you wouldn't think possible. Anyway, at one point we were chatting about shooting rabbits. He mentioned that making a gun was easy, a couple of evening's work he said! Making ammunition was more tricky though. He said you can buy all of the separate bits you need to make bullets without a license. But when you put them together then you need a license and face a jail sentence if you haven't got one. I thought was a nice example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.
Labels: systems thinking