A gears-level model
represents the world via its individual components - its "gears"
speak. It takes
high-dimensional system and breaks it up into low-dimensional subsystems which interact with each other. Examples:
- We understand a physical gearbox, with lots of complicated clockwork, as interactions between behaviorally-simple individual gears.
- We understand complicated physical systems, from bridges to biological cells, as systems of relatively simple components, like girders or individual chemical reactions. See also:
- Reductionism [LINK]