Josh Grochow (Santa Fe Institute)
Abstract. It may be that we are not ready to develop a "General Theory of Complex Systems," or even that such a theory doesn't exist. However, we can still point to some open questions and say: "If there were a theory of complex systems, it should really be able to answer this question." And then we can try to solve those questions, building up a theory piece by piece. I will introduce some of these questions that I've been thinking about, and then invite your thoughts and ideas. What are the essential questions that a general theory of complex systems should help us answer? What tools, techniques, and mathematical languages should such a theory provide?