Linear interaction

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Of a system, or adjacent components in a system, a predictable — and therefore usually planned — causal chain. To be contrasted with a non-linear, or complex, interaction. Discussed at great length in Charles Perrow’s super book Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies, and in almost as much detail in our book review, available at that link.

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