Modern science created the technology that has changed our world in so many ways. It also offers principles that can help us understand today’s world.
While my web site Quantum Age explores them more deeply, here’s a brief summary of 8 basic principles from science that apply to today’s world. It’s important to remember that these are all facets of one whole; one can no more pick and choose which principles to accept or agree with than one can choose to accept gravity but ignore time.
These 8 principles are:
1. We are not machines; we are organisms. At our most basic level, we are made of energy.
2. A whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Things are best understood holistically.
3. Life is uncertain. The more we try to pin things – and people – down, the more resistant and unpredictable they will become.
4. You can see a group or you can see a person in that group; you can’t see both at the same time. We always have this dual nature: individuals who are members of groups.
5. People from different walks of life – or even at different points in their own life – will have differing perspectives. All perspectives are relative.
6. Everything is interconnected with everything else.
7. We can’t predict the weather, but we can predict the seasons. Things may appear chaotic, but that chaos can conceal an underlying order.
8. The simplest car today is much more complex than a Model T. Things tend to get increasingly complex; this complexity emerges from the bottom up, within a context.
The posts on this blog are generally categorized according to one or more of these principles. By clicking on a category you can find observations on current events that I believe are illuminated by an awareness of that principle.