Ted Vollers wrote:
I have been trying to read up on Chaos Theory of which I believe I read one book some time ago. Long ago in a galaxy far away. I keep getting interrupted however. It is unclear as to details in what I have been reviewing but there are aspects of Chaos Theory related clearly to fractals (a link to Tom's model) as an iterated/repeated result of a simple rule set (and thus tied to Cellular Automata and the core nature of the LCS). Mandelbrot, of fractal studies, is also an important figure within Chaos Theory. Chaos Theory has led to a property known as self-organized criticality (SOC) which appears to be another way of referring to emergent complexity and self organization as has already been referred to in the write up of Tom's model on the Wiki.
It does appear that one can view Chaos Theory as being involved in the development of the LCS as all of these concepts are linked together in this still developing field. The concepts of Self-Organized Criticality includes a point of view by which self organization in some systems is essentially inevitable and not critical as to particular details of the system. I am inclined to think that there is an inevitability to the development of the LCS but have not yet seen a basis to state so. Perhaps this SOC provides the needed concepts. I will attempt to dig deeper.
I feel that I should mention that just last Friday (synchronicity!) I was suggested to watch this documentary from BBC Four called "The Secret Life of Chaos". I did indeed watch it and learned quite a bit of the high-level aspects of chaos theory, and saw a lot of alignment with MBT. It seems to pull a lot of the facets of Chaos Theory into a whole, including fractals and self-organized criticality. That is why I jumped on answering this thread and suggested that there is a link between Chaos Theory and MBT at a deeper level then it first appears.
More specifically, it speaks a lot to the Fundamental Process of Evolution as being inherent to our system (the end of the documentary even briefly mentions the possibility that this universe is a simulation), although it does not make any connection with consciousness which is unfortunate.
Here is a link showing some clips and further details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pv1c3
I highly recommend seeing it, it is available on Bit Torrent if you are privy to using it.
Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to Chaos, one that scientists are only now beginning to understand.
It turns out that chaos theory answers a question that mankind has asked for millennia - how did we get here?
In this documentary, Professor Jim Al-Khalili sets out to uncover one of the great mysteries of science - how does a universe that starts off as dust end up with intelligent life? How does order emerge from disorder?
It's a mindbending, counterintuitive and for many people a deeply troubling idea. But Professor Al-Khalili reveals the science behind much of beauty and structure in the natural world and discovers that far from it being magic or an act of God, it is in fact an intrinsic part of the laws of physics. Amazingly, it turns out that the mathematics of chaos can explain how and why the universe creates exquisite order and pattern.
And the best thing is that one doesn't need to be a scientist to understand it. The natural world is full of awe-inspiring examples of the way nature transforms simplicity into complexity. From trees to clouds to humans - after watching this film you'll never be able to look at the world in the same way again.
I personally find the synchronicity of these events quite intriguing.