chapter  1
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Self-Organization and Chaos: Driving in Turkey

While riding in a car in Istanbul, I recently found myself in the middle of chaos. Drivers in Turkey drive anywhere, ignore the white lines painted on the road, and cross lanes with what appears to be reckless abandon. Breath-taking encounters with other automobiles, passing within inches of your own car, leave you numb. Compounding this apparent bedlam are the hundreds of daredevil pedestrians who zigzag between cars as they attempt to get from one side of the street to the other. Taken together, the crisscross­ ing cars and people create a cacophony of blurred images and sounds.