Irreversible self-organization LO20172
Sun, 13 Dec 1998 19:17:59 -0800

Replying to LO20062 --

AM de Lange writes:
> I am not prescribing to people or trying to convert them to either
> irreversible self-organisation or christianity. I am merely pointing it
> out as a possibility which they may take into account. This is how I
> understand both irreversible self-organisation to work and christianship
> to work.

> In my language we have a saying -- if you want to kill a dog, you will
> always find a stick to do it. Another way to say it is that we are slowly
> engulfed by a culture of hurt. This culture will eventually destroy our
> capacity to self-organise irreversibly.

Is it possible to do that to a complex system without killing it outright?
I think of the resilience of life (such as the quick recolonization of the
slopes of Mt. St. Helens after its explosive eruption) and mind (such as
the ability of Helen Keller to build a rich life on the basis of the few
modes of perception left to her). Based on that, I suspect that the worst
we can do is to create a period of badly reduced diversity and richness.
Of course, that could certainly be terrible, but I believe a new realm of
emergences would almost certainly result. (Interesting; this seems to tie
in well with my previous message on diversity.)


Don Dwiggins SEI Information Technology "Here's a thought that should help you fight on a little longer: What doesn't actually kill you usually makes you stronger." -- Piet Hein

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