Most people understand what a beginner is; someone who is new to an endeavor and is taking part in it for the first time or while they may have already taken part are still somewhat fresh. For the anabolic steroid user this is someone who has never supplemented before or who only has a couple cycles under their belt; this is a beginner. Then we have the advanced; advanced steroid cycles are for those who have cycled for a long time, have numerous cycles under their belt and who either by desire or necessity have cause to really push the envelope into what is commonly referred to as “the hardcore level.” What then about an intermediate? The intermediate level is a little harder to define as there is no set in stone one size fits all answer to determine if one is at the intermediate level. We can say you should have at least one cycle that has been completed and most would be best served if they’ve completed at least two. If you’ve completed two cycles does this mean you’re ready for an intermediate level? Absolutely not; it means you can be but it doesn’t mean you have to be. Many performance enhancers will be just fine with beginner style cycles each and every time they supplement but for many others, as is often the case in life, many will want a little more.
Michael Mauboussin describes the first of the three elements of “complexity” in this way: “the system consists of a number of heterogeneous agents, and each of those agents makes decisions about how to behave. The most important dimension here is that those decisions will evolve over time.” These heterogeneous agents might be ants, investors, businesses, genes or neurons. Mauboussin makes a key point here for investors and business people about the significance of this element: “markets tend to be efficient when the agents operate in a truly heterogeneous fashion and the aggregation mechanism is working smoothly. Diversity is essential, both in nature and in markets, and the system has to be able to take advantage of that diversity.” When diversity breaks down, as was the case during the internet bubble or the lead up to the 2007 financial crisis, markets can get very inefficient. Collections of intelligent and diverse heterogeneous agents are capable of forming self-organizing, learning, adaptive collectives that can exhibit the “wisdom of crowds.” The method that some people have pursued to study the interaction of heterogeneous agents is known as agent-based modeling.