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This reminds me of the book I'm currently reading: "Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension" by Samuel Arbesman. In it, he describes two ways of thinking about systems: biology and physics. A physicist attempts to create a model of the world, boiling everything down to a series of abstractions that have a mathematical and known series of interactions. A biologist makes careful observations about the actual world around them, taking detailed notes about the interactions and behaviors they see to better understand the system as a whole. It sounds like you ventured into the biologist mindset to better understand and improve this pathological system. Thanks for sharing.

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