By John L. Culliney,David Jones
Our universe, technological know-how finds, begun in utter simplicity, then developed into burgeoning complexity. beginning with subatomic debris, distinctive entities shaped associations—binding, bonding, starting to be, branching, catalyzing, cooperating—as “self” joined “other” following common legislation with names resembling gravity, chemical allure, and typical choice. finally lifestyles arose in an international of dynamic natural chemistry, and complexity exploded with wondrous new potential.
Fast ahead to human evolution, and a pressure that had existed for billions of years now performed out in an unheard of area of awake calculation and cultural range. Cooperation interleaving with pageant; intimacy oscillating with integrity—we stay in an international the place yin meets yang in human affairs on many degrees. In The Fractal Self, John Culliney and David Jones discover wonderful intersections among technological know-how and philosophy. Connecting facts from evolutionary technology with early insights of Daoist and Buddhist thinkers, between others, they preserve that sagely habit, predicted in those old traditions, represents a top of human fulfillment rising out of our evolutionary background. They determine 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 pride in coordinating tender functionality of the gang, workforce, or establishment within which she or he is embedded. Fractal selves quite often function with commitment and compassionate perform within the carrier of human society or in protecting our planet.
But the aggressive facet of human nature is liable to greed and aggression. Self-aggrandizement, dictatorial energy, and ego-driven enforcement of will are the targets of these following a self-serving path—individuals the authors establish as antisages. Terrorist leaders are an extremely murderous breed, yet aggrandizers are available all through enterprise, faith, academic associations, and governments. Humanity has reached an existential tipping aspect: will the horizon already in view extend with cooperative development towards godlike emergent possibilities or agreement within the thrall of corrupt oligarchs and tribal animosities? we now have introduced ourselves to a chaotic side among gigantic promise and existential probability and are even now making our best choice.