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Chaos: Making A New Science

Chaos:
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 internal linkperceiving order.
* 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 internal linkdubbed the "internal linkstrange 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 internal linkpoint of view. "internal linkMaps are internal linkimaginative pictures which allow thought to bring into internal linkfocus aspects of internal linkreality 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 internal linkwhirling 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 internal linkinfinitum. The ever familiar 'forest from the trees' syndrome. It's all a matter of perspective. internal linkTrue creativity is allowing yourself to gain the loftiest perspective you can in relation to the object of your quandary or inquiry.


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