Fitness Landscapes of the earth (I) LO27391

From: AM de Lange (
Date: 10/12/01

Replying to LO27364 --

Dear Organlearners,

Leo Minnigh <> writes:

>It took me nearly a month to climb a mountain that
>was presented for me by At de Lange. (nice present,
>At, thank you :-)).
>At has invited me to write something complex. He
>asked me to illustrate his contributions on fitness
>landscapes with pictures from landscapes.

Greetings dear Leo,

You did it superbly.

I wonder how much fellow learners realise what you have done. You
did not only present some
(1) geological information
which any of us can find in a library or internet. You weaved it with two
other topics also:
(2) the dynamics of entropy production and free energy
(3) the way we learn and organise.
This requires transdiciplinary thinking and creativity. You have set an

>Fitness landscapes remind us to youth and enthousiasm,
>high peaks and deep valleys. This picture coincides
>with the landscapes on the earth. In the long history
>of our planet the present mountain chains such as the
>Rocky Mountains and Andes, the Alpine chain running
>from Europe via Turkey to the Himalaya are young

I wonder how many fellow learners have noticed the deep implications of
your metaphor. To stay young and motivated in mind, our spirit also has to
evolve such high peaks and deep valleys. The same with our organisations.
One way to let the spirit evolve such a landscape, is to know how to
travel free energy and entropy landscapes. With such knowledge we will
fear less to create, to learn, to believe and to love authentically.

On the hypsographic curve you also write the following:
(Thanks Winfried for the tip to
< >)

>The first surface indicates that the main area of
>continents are below 1000m altitude, and the
>bottom of the oceans forms the other principle
>surface. Of course, this must have a meaning.

Of course anything has a meaning ;-) The clue is to begin asking
questions! There is not such a thing asking wrong questions.

And then you lift out the third profound meaning which I had been waiting

>A third difference is that continental rocks could
>be as old as 4000 million years; the oldest oceanic
>crust is near the Koreas and the Aleutian Isles and
>is ca. 250 my.

Polanyi spoke of the tacit dimension of knowing -- "We know more than we
can tell". I now suspect very strongly that the whole of my spirituality
and not only my personal knowledge unfolds in two complements: the
tangible/explicate/formal and the tacit/implicate/intuitive. How it is for
you fellow learners is for you to question self.

The tangible complement of spirituality is like continental crust --
thick, restricted, ancient and eroded. The tacit complement of
spirituality is like the oceanic crust -- thin, expanded, recent and

An Odinary Organisation (OO) is conscious of its continental crust --
thick, restricted, ancient.and eroded. An Learning Organisation (OO) is
also conscious of its oceanic crust -- thin, expanded, recent and rugged.
But since the oceanic crust is covered by the sea, it is called the
metanoia of the LO.

>Take a great breath before starting the
>following mountain climb.

Thank you Leo.

Best wishes


At de Lange <> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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