adjacent possible

adjacent possibiities from glossary deck

intro’d to term way back when via Steven Johnson.. added it to our original glossary deck (found here.. slide 3)

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Modeling the adjacent possible and how innovation arises.
Thanks Monica Anderson. This is key to my research on patterns that connect!

Loreto, Strogatz, and co have modified Polya’s urn model to account for the possibility that discovering a new color in the urn can trigger entirely unexpected consequences. They call this model “Polya’s urn with innovation triggering


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Up at O’Dark Thirty, wracking my brain about who coined the term “adjacent possibilities” – Stuart Kauffman.