The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap. - Novalis

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dogmas, Idols & the Edge of Chaos

This essay (here as a pdf) published in Human Ecology Review in 2000, received a John Templeton Foundation Exemplary Award in the "Expanding Humanity's Vision of God" essay competition. It was written in part as a response to my studies in theoretical biology under the direction of Stuart Kauffman at the Santa Fe Institute and experiences at the Institute's first Complex Systems Summer School in 1990. An earlier version was presented at the Xth International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology in Montreal in 1999. It seems a bit dated to me now and I wouldn't write it in anything like the same style today, but it still seems to me to articulate reasonably well my misgivings about the explanatory schemes of modern science. (The illustration is the Lorenz Attractor)


Dogmas, Idols & the Edge of Chaos - Cheetham

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