from the SA blog- “Network thinking lets us scientifically understand the world around us as one of connections that shape observed phenomena, rather than as one where the intrinsic properties of people, genes, or particles determine outcomes. Like previous scientific revolutions, the network revolution also has the promise of reshaping our basic commonsense expectations of the world around us, and may allow us to recognize that we are not a basically individualistic, asocial, and quarrelsome creature that comes in bounded linguistic, ethnic, racial, or religious types, but a social species linked to one another by far-reaching network ties.”
My short take:
This piece takes some elementary ideas from network analysis and packages them for the the less than convinced linear thinkers. Again, we system thinkers are again pleading for openness to this paradigm. Maybe such blogs (and even my book, http://www.springer.com/public+health/book/978-3-319-12202-1) can break through the complacency. The revolution lies in accepting our relational reality and approaching its discernment in systemic fashion. Period.