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By John L. Culliney,David Jones

ISBN-10: 0824866614

ISBN-13: 9780824866617

Our universe, technological know-how unearths, started in utter simplicity, then developed into burgeoning complexity. beginning with subatomic debris, distinctive entities shaped associations—binding, bonding, transforming into, branching, catalyzing, cooperating—as “self” joined “other” following common legislation with names equivalent to gravity, chemical allure, and normal choice. eventually lifestyles arose in a global 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 extraordinary area of awake calculation and cultural range. Cooperation interleaving with pageant; intimacy oscillating with integrity—we live in an international the place yin meets yang in human affairs on many degrees. In The Fractal Self, John Culliney and David Jones discover staggering intersections among technology and philosophy. Connecting facts from evolutionary technological know-how with early insights of Daoist and Buddhist thinkers, between others, they keep that sagely habit, anticipated in those historical traditions, represents a top of human fulfillment rising out of our evolutionary background. They establish an archetype, “the fractal self,” an individual 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 soft functionality of the crowd, staff, 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 maintaining our planet.

But the aggressive aspect of human nature is prone to greed and aggression. Self-aggrandizement, dictatorial strength, 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 an extremely 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 development towards godlike emergent possibilities or agreement within the thrall of corrupt oligarchs and tribal animosities? now we have introduced ourselves to a chaotic side among sizeable promise and existential hazard and are even now making our best choice.

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