Sunday, September 22, 2013

Astrology and Complex Systems Theory

Below is a talk by Bernadette Brady on the theory of Complexity and how it can provide a philosophy compatible with astrology. Here's the address in case the thing below doesn't work: http://youtu.be/XgiZZFEWndc

Complexity arises when a system can't be reduced to the simple mechanistic models that science usually uses. Whether or not these systems - such as the weather - are ultimately deterministic, if only you have enough information and the right theories - is a matter of debate. The Nobel prize winning Chemist Ilya Prigogine, who is known for his work on complex systems, said that "The more we know about our universe, the more difficult it becomes to believe in determinism."

Also of interest is the idea of Emergence, which is the arising of complex systems out of simple ones. The way that new properties appear that do not seem to be explicable purely in terms of the interaction of the simpler components. Again, this a matter of debate. I call this characteristic Uranus, the creative principle, where new elements emerge in your life that you could not have thought of and that are not just a re-arrangement of the old.

2 comments:

Sun said...

Amazing, the synchronicity here! Your third paragraph is very much aligned with what we've been exploring, the Emergence of the mind of an object (the object must be active and self-contained). That's what you're really pointing out when you say "new properties appear that do not seem to be explicable purely in terms of the interaction of the simpler components". The difference you're alluding to is both what gives rise to the mind and the work of it.

And seeing the video, similarly; complicated = machine, designed, no mind; while complex = life, mind, evolved.

Wonderful stuff, we're all collectively moving in the right direction!

priya agrawal said...

Interesting post!! Astrology is a big thing to understand.This has very secrets in itself.It must be perform by an astrologer.
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