Nothing in the universe is more complex than life. Throughout the skies, in oceans, and across lands, life is endlessly on the move. In its myriad forms—from cells to human beings, social structures, and ecosystems—life is open-ended, evolving, and unpredictable, yet adaptive and self-sustaining.
Complexity theory addresses the mysteries that animate science, philosophy, and metaphysics: how this teeming array of existence, from the infinitesimal to the infinite, is a seamless living whole and what our place, as conscious beings, is within it.
Physician, scientist, and philosopher Neil Theise discusses this “theory of being,” one of the pillars of modern science, and its holistic view of human existence. He notes the surprising underlying connections within a universe that is itself one vast complex—between ant colonies and the growth of forests, cancer and economic bubbles, the buzz of starlings and crowds walking down the street.
His book Notes on Complexity: A Scientific Theory of Connection, Consciousness, and Being (Spiegel & Grau) is available for purchase.
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