For me personally this aspect of physics confirms my personal belief that
spirit is the dominant aspect of reality, with material phenomena a
derivative or secondary aspect. Sustainable agriculture should be fearless
in emphasizing the spiritual aspects of the movement: it is our values that
enable us to apply meanings to the facts of existence.
>On 9-1 Misha wrote:
>> I'll post later on epistemology of science
>>stuff that's burbling around in my sub-basement. Including the New
>>Physics stuff that relates to sustainable ag.
>Oh goody! This summer I read James Gleick's CHAOS: Making A New Science,
>which is a very readable account (even for a farmer like me) of what some
>claim is a scientific revolution a la Kuhn in the hardest of sciences
>(physics, math) that exposes and goes beyond the severe limitations of
>the linear reductionist paradigm. I was excited to see how this
>development parallels a similar critique in sustag circles. Some of the
>chaos theorists claim to have discovered a new so-called fractal
>geometry of nature whose similarities across changes in scale mimic
>developmental patterns in everything from cotton prices to clouds to
>blood vessels as they diminish in size toward capillarity, and many other
>scalar repetitions in living organisms.
>I was interested to see that the "new science" developed only by breaking
>out of the narrow disciplinary focus characteristic of the old paradigm.
>This seems to parallel a growing conviction in sustag circles that the
>pursuit of sustainability must ultimately address the intimate
>relationship between ecological imperatives,the shape of our farms, the
>nature of rural community, and the constraints of the reigning political
>But Misha, beyond these obvious parallels is there anything of sustenance
>to sustag in the new physics of fractals?
>Northland Sheep Dairy
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