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Making A New Science
This nOde last updated April 11th, 2004 and is permanently morphing...
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authored by James Gleick
The essential concepts behind chaos theory are that:
* Perspective is the key to perceiving
* There is order in apparent randomness.
* It only takes a very small change to render a system chaotic, or conversely bring order to chaos. This event has been dubbed the "strange attractor".
* The strange attractor is self-reflective and redundant.
* Nature is composed of mirroring echoes of non-linear events
The discernment between chaos and order is merely a point of view. "Maps are imaginative pictures which allow thought to bring into focus aspects of reality that might otherwise be lost in details. With a good map we can appreciate some features of a reality we could otherwise miss, and we can explore this reality in a way that would be actually impossible without the map." - John Briggs and F. David Peat in their excellent book Turbulent Mirror.
If you are inside of something, say an atom, you only see electrons whirling chaotically around you. If you moved outside the atom you would see those electrons moving with a pattern around the atom. If you rise further above you see that atoms are actually the building blocks of larger structures called molecules. And so it goes, on up the scale, ad infinitum. The ever familiar 'forest from the trees' syndrome. It's all a matter of perspective. True creativity is allowing yourself to gain the loftiest perspective you can in relation to the object of your quandary or inquiry.