Archive for December, 2013

92 – Without a Vision we don’t know where we are going …

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

We are participants in an extraordinarily beautiful and creative Universal Order. But although science has had hints of its magnificence for decades, it is veiled from us.

Einstein saw its equilibrium.

Bell, its cohesion.

Darwin, its adaptability.

Bohr, its complementary properties.

Prigogine, its self-driven yet vulnerable progression towards complexity.

Maturana and Valera, its self-creation and self-perpetuation.

Mandelbrot, its capacity to self-organize upon a recurring model.

Heisenberg and Pascal, its unfolding amid uncertainty and myriad probabilities.

Quantum Field Theory, its possession of relative degrees of freedom to transform and be transformed.

The Order implicated in these theories, and how it determines our lives while endowing us with a degree of freedom to transform ourselves and our environment, is unknown to us.

Unable to let go of the aggressive behaviors we needed eons ago to survive in our primitive development, we are unable to envision not only what we want to be as a species, but the beautiful and creative Order unfolding within us and all around us.

And thus, as highly evolved as we are or claim to be, we are lost with no other vision than the destruction created by our unsustainable consumption and unlimited growth in a limited environment – consume and grow without reflection, is our Credo.

Without a Vision we are lost; we don’t know where we come from nor where we are going.

Revised November 2019   

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91 – Closed versus Open Systems …

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

A Closed System is an ‘un-natural’ system in the sense that it is not only man-made, but it is deliberately restricted and conditioned in its interactions with the environment to fit or obtain more or less expected results.

Open Systems, on the other hand, are ‘natural’ systems in the sense that they are engendered through primal processes with a degree of freedom to interact with environments, and by absorbing and dissipating energy sources they may or not adapt and perpetuate their survival.

Although closed systems are never found ‘naturally’ in Nature, experimentation with prototypes to test concepts has been instrumental in our understanding of the nature of reality. But because these experiments are generally constrained not only by the expectations of the experimenter and his/hers funding sources, but also by the sterile settings in which they are studied (oftentimes totally prevented from exchanging information with the environment), they have come to impress in us a view of Nature that is completely alien and detached from experience.

It is thus that a scientific paradigm dominated by an emphasis on understanding reality through experimentation with closed systems, has led us into the perception that we are alienated from the natural world, reasserting the fallacy that we exist in an isolated and privileged cocoon. When in truth it is exactly the opposite: though highly evolved, we are just another open system.

Like the systems we are made out of (cell, molecules) and the systems in which we are embedded (species, planet), we are open systems. And although open systems manifest in myriad shapes, sizes, and degrees of complexity, we all share not only intuitive knowledge but universal properties.

Like the cells we are made of and the Earth from which we are engendered, we are highly evolved open systems that emerge temporarily into the unfolding universal process that endows us with the potential to leave our mark in the world.

As we engender our own components, so we are also engendered with the intuitive knowledge to self-organize and bond into cohesive yet supple structures that, allowing us a degree of flexibility to interact with environments by absorbing and dissipating energy sources, provide us with a relative degree of freedom in adaptation, and thus self-perpetuation.

But greatly dominated by a scientific paradigm based predominantly on knowledge attained through experimentation with closed systems, we continue to understand reality as something alien from us, mechanical, unfeeling; something from which we are not engendered, nor given life, nor alive.

Revised October 2019   

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