DEFRAGMENTUM

Magnetic generated 2D image and 3D sculpture - 2014


DEFRAGMENTUM in Ekstrabladet 2017
DEFRAGMENTUM
A NEW SYNTHESIS IN ART


In the "New Paradigm" a synthesis is emerging. Life and cosmos are defragmented, and we must respond to mans new place in the Universe.

Since Big Bang an irreversibly "Arrow of Time" has unfolded and induced history in non-living and living matter. Life is not different from this process, it is a part of it. Man is not an accidental by-product, a fragment, he is integrated in the synthesis.

The link between medieval man, and the Universe was fragmented by developing science. *1

Discoveries in science during Renaissance and Enlightenment were confined and unable to link from astronomy to biology. The mechanical world view made the European man homeless in cosmos *Z.1 , and art reflected this alienation, which led to reactions from optimism to despair and irony in art.
Human expression was in the end without meaning *Z,2 - a cry - like Edward Munch's "The Scream".

However, science has taken a new direction and realized that it was science that was fragmented - not cosmos. A new synthesis is emerging. *2

Life is not an aliened accident. Not-living and living matter will organize in open systems, and life will occur given the right conditions. *3 Open systems will evolve to higher and higher forms of complexity. *4 This organization happen on all scales. *5

Extension of human vision by techniques has brought us further knowledge than previous generations had access to. Observations go further out and deeper down than ever. And even the atom (the indivisible) has been split in elementary particles, resulting in information that suggests even more incomprehensible realities beyond the present understanding. The mechanical universe was unable to explain where consciousness was situated in the body.
With quantum mechanics it is suggested, "that consciousness and matter arise together from the same common source..." *Z.4

Life is no longer considered to be an absurd accident. It might be without a meaning in the traditional teleological sense of the word. The elementary particles can not be assumed to develop according to a Grand Design and toward a specific destination. They seem to develop if possible. *6 *Z.3

Human consciousness is considered a natural part of evolution.*6. Danah Zohar suggests in "The Quantum Self" a connection between body and consciousness in the brain cell's structure, in their ability to form Bose-Einstein-condensates (Frölich-type).

"The New Paradigm" has reformulated mans relation to his Universe. Human expression must incorporate this new context and defragment the fragmented reality. The irreversible arrow of time appears everywhere, in microscopic and macroscopic scale. From the bio film on our teeth to the galaxies in the sky. It is not a mysterious sub-atomic phenomenon. It is the reality we see from we open our eyes in the morning, till we fall asleep at the end of the day.

We must engage in adjusting our vision to our world.

Copenhagen 24. may 2012
Peter Leif Schelle-Jækel



Litterature:
ORDER OUT OF CHAOS
MAN'S NEW DIALOGUE WITH NATURE
Ilya Prigogine Nobel prize in Chemistry 1977 and Isabelle Stengers
1985 BANTAM BOOKS

Danah Zohar, The Quantum Self.
1990 Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Notes:
*1 Ilya. Pregogine, Order Out of Chaos chapter 7 p. 213:
" The growth of science is quite different from the uniform unfolding of scientific disciplines, each in turn divided into an increasing number of watertight compartments. "

*2 (synthesis). Pregogine, Order Out of Chaos chapter 7 p. 213:
" The clash of doctrines, the conflict between being and becoming, indicates that a new turning point has been reached, that a new synthesis is needed. Such a synthesis is taking shape today, every bit as unexpected as the preceding ones. We again find a remarkable convergence of research, all of which contributes to identifying the difficulties inherent in the Newtonian concept of a scientific theory."

*3 (life). Pregogine, Order Out of Chaos chapter 5 p. 176:
" We are tempted to go so far as to say that once the condi­tions for self-organization are satisfied, life becomes as predic­table as the Benard instability or a falling stone. It is a remarkable fact that recently discovered fossil forms of life appear nearly simultaneously with the first rock formations (the oldest microfossils known today date back 3.8.109 years, while the age of the earth is supposed to be 4.6.109 years; the formation of the first rocks is also dated back to 3.8-109 years). The early appearance of life is certainly an argument in favor of the idea that life is the result of spontaneous self-organization that occurs ...

*4 (higher order) ORDER OUT OF CHAOS p. 298
"It includes isolated systems that evolve to disorder and open systems that evolve to higher and higher forms of complexity."

*5 (on all scales). ORDER OUT OF CHAOS p. 297-298
"It is therefore of great importance that the existence of an evolu­tionary paradigm can now be established in physics—not only on the level of macroscopic description but also on all levels. Of course, there are conditions: as we have seen, a minimum complexity is necessary. But the immense importance of irre­versible processes shows that this requirement is satisfied for most systems of interest. Remarkably, the perception of ori­ented time increases as the level of biological organization in­creases and probably reaches its culminating point in human consciousness.

*6 (teleology) ORDER OUT OF CHAOS p. 176
"A system far from equilibrium may be described as organized not because it realizes a plan alien to elementary activities, or transcending them, but, on the contrary, because the amplification of a microscopic fluctuation occurring at the "right moment" resulted in favoring one reaction path over a number of other equally possible paths. Under cer­tain circumstances, therefore, the role played by individual be­havior can be decisive. More generally, the "overall" behavior cannot in general be taken as dominating in any way the ele­mentary processes constituting it. Self-organization processes in far-from-equilibrium conditions correspond to a delicate in­terplay between chance and necessity, between fluctuations and deterministic laws. "

*Z.1 Danah Zohar, The Quantum Self p. 1:
" The Copernican revolution had already displaced the earth, and hence human beings, from the centre of things, but Newton's three laws of motion and his mechanical model of the solar system were the blueprint for an entirely lifeless design.!

*Z.2 Danah Zohar, The Quantum Self p.2 :
" In our relationship both to ourselves and to others the New­tonian influence runs deep. If we are nothing but an accidental by­product of creation and a pawn in the play of larger forces wholly beyond our control, how can we exercise much meaningful re­sponsibility either for ourselves or towards others?"

* Z3 Danah Zohar, The Quantum Self p. 16
"The many species thrown up by mutations can be seen as various possibilities (virtual states) being explored by Nature as new ways through which she might express her potential. The less viable possibilities do, as (David) Bohm says, eventually die out, but often not without first leaving some trace of themselves which goes on to become part of life's fabric. Two unviable mutations might, for instance, crossbreed to form some third species which is capable of long-term survival (a real transition). Quite possibly we human beings art the result of such a crossbreeding between two 'virtual species', a successful secondary "mutafion of some shadowy life forms known only as 'the missing link'.

*Z4 Dianah Zohar, The Quantum Self p .72
......... , any quantum mechanical model is necessarily a physical model, and thus assumes that the phenomena of consciousness (awareness, perception, thought, memory, etc.), along with those of physics, chemistry and biology, belong to the order of Nature and can be experimentally investigated. This way of looking at consciousness also implies that consciousness and matter are so integrally bound up with each other that either consciousness is a property of matter (as in panpsychism), or else, as Nagel suggests (Chapter 4), that consciousness and matter arise together from the same common source — in our terms, from the world of quantum phenomena

Comment: Much the same can be said about social structures and thinking: There is a dialectic progress, a history of thinking. An arrow of time emerge even here.


Quotes:
Quotation 1 Order Out of Chaos p. 216:
"We now know that stability and simplicity are exceptions." Order Out of Chaos p. 213
"These turning points have consequences that go beyond their scientific context and influence the intellectual scene as a whole. Inversely, global problems often have been sources of inspiration to science.

Quotation 2 Order Out of Chaos, p. 216:
As we have already emphasized, where clas­sical science used to emphasize permanence, we now find change and evolution; we no longer see in the skies the trajec­tories that filled Kant's heart with the same admiration as the moral law residing in him. We now see strange objects: qua­sars, pulsars, galaxies exploding and being torn apart, stars

Quotation 3 (ORDER THROUGH FLUCTUATIONS). ORDER OUT OF CHAOS p.188 - 189:
"The question of the limits of complexity has often been raised. Indeed, the more complex a system is, the more nu­merous are the types of fluctuations that threaten its stability. How then, it has been asked, can systems as complex as eco­logical or human organizations possibly exist? How do they manage to avoid permanent chaos? The stabilizing effect of communication, of diffusion processes, could be a partial an­swer to these questions. In complex systems, where species and individuals interact in many different ways, diffusion and communication among various parts of the system are likely to be efficient. There is competition between stabilization through communication and instability through fluctuations. The outcome of that competition determines the threshold of stability."