In Chaos Order, In Order Chaos

Periodically Mrs. Homegrown and I teach vegetable gardening classes. For the students, I’ve been looking for a way to illustrate nature’s complex, non-linear dynamics that, paradoxically, seem ordered. I stumbled across this cool sculpture that neatly summarizes the idea of “in chaos order, in order chaos.”

Imagine each of the hammers standing in for one of the systems in your garden, insect life, nutrients, microbes, fungi, etc. Now imagine intervening in the motion of one of those systems. The point is that, with complex non-linear dynamics, we don’t know what the end result of our interventions will be. Best not to monkey with the system . . .

You can see more sculptures by the creator of this video at www.kenkinetic.com.

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  1. “For the students, I’ve been looking for a way to illustrate nature’s complex, non-linear dynamics that, paradoxically, seem ordered.” Sweet bananas! I am glad I am not taking your class, I would feel like a country bumpkin!

  2. I use the yin yang symbol and then cut transects through it. The whole symbol shows balance, but once it is cut into transects all parts are off balance (except of course the center transect if it is cut to have a center piece.)

  3. Well, many here may not share my faith, but my faith in God makes me feel the same. The system is eroded when man tries to intervene with God’s perfect design. God created a perfectly perpetual symbiotic system. It’s beautiful, sufficient, and healthy until human politics destroy it trying to make a buck.

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