By John L. Culliney,David Jones
Our universe, technological know-how finds, started in utter simplicity, then developed into burgeoning complexity. beginning with subatomic debris, diverse entities shaped associations—binding, bonding, becoming, branching, catalyzing, cooperating—as “self” joined “other” following common legislation with names corresponding to gravity, chemical allure, and ordinary choice. finally existence arose in an international of dynamic natural chemistry, and complexity exploded with wondrous new potential.
Fast ahead to human evolution, and a stress that had existed for billions of years now performed out in an remarkable area of wide awake calculation and cultural variety. Cooperation interleaving with pageant; intimacy oscillating with integrity—we stay in a global the place yin meets yang in human affairs on many degrees. In The Fractal Self, John Culliney and David Jones discover awesome intersections among technological know-how and philosophy. Connecting facts from evolutionary technological know-how with early insights of Daoist and Buddhist thinkers, between others, they keep that sagely habit, estimated in those old traditions, represents a top of human fulfillment rising out of our evolutionary history. They establish an archetype, “the fractal self,” someone in any stroll of lifestyles who cultivates a cooperative spirit. A fractal self is a sage in education, who joins others in universal reason, leads from inside, and achieves own delight in coordinating soft functionality of the gang, crew, or establishment within which she or he is embedded. Fractal selves regularly function with commitment and compassionate perform within the carrier of human society or in keeping our planet.
But the aggressive aspect of human nature is vulnerable to greed and aggression. Self-aggrandizement, dictatorial energy, and ego-driven enforcement of will are the objectives of these following a self-serving path—individuals the authors establish as antisages. Terrorist leaders are a particularly murderous breed, yet aggrandizers are available all through company, faith, academic associations, and governments. Humanity has reached an existential tipping aspect: will the horizon already in view extend with cooperative growth towards godlike emergent possibilities or agreement within the thrall of corrupt oligarchs and tribal animosities? now we have introduced ourselves to a chaotic area among monstrous promise and existential probability and are even now making our best choice.