We are “Linked” part 2

Albert-László Barabási’s book “Linkedweaves the methods of human connection and their phases in the first half of the text. However, the second half of his text jumps all over the place.

As I turn each page, I wonder what I will jump into next. For the purposes of this assignment, I will focus on two topic-multitasking and understanding complexity.

I will say that when Barabási calls out CNN for claiming that “multitasking is counterproductive,” at least in the business world is parfait! Any single working parent going to school knows that if multitasking is counterproductive, then you are doing something wrong.

“Our ability to multitask is inherited from our primitive ancestors.” – Albert-László Barabási in “Linked”

At one point in time, it was “the norm” to have your children in the field or in the home working with you. Parents had to multitask. It was a part of the survival of the family unit. The family was connected.

Barabási points out that our cells multitask. If the human system, on a basic level can multitask, then it is expected that human beings can multitask. It is ingrained in us-part of our makeup.

Topic 2-understanding complexity

“To describe society we must dress the links of the social network with actual dynamical interactions between people.” – Albert-László Barabási in “Linked”

The complex nature of the webs are not random. The interaction between people is not random, but rather mapped out. An example made in the text are that hubs assist epidemiologists track the spread of infectious diseases such as smallpox.

Having studied epidemiology, you find out how critical statistics/mathematics is to our public health. When I studied biostatics and epidemiology, I found that everyone is more closely connected than I had previously realized. Tracking the spread and containment of diseases can very quickly demonstrate how we connect. In addition, it can illustrate how quickly information can spread throughout populations, even in rural areas.

 

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