Improving your chances in a world emerging
Marcus van der Erve
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In Reality Reviewed, Marcus van der Erve develops a dynamic perspective of reality by ignoring our usual view of it as assembly of things (particles, atoms, molecules, people, etc.), something that he refers to as "the old, Lego worldview". The assumption that our world comprises assemblies (which evolution erects by chance) leaves us at odds with the question of a reality that self-assembles. Assemblies consisting of distinct building blocks require assemblers, if not an ultimate, divine assembler at some point. A penetrating weakness of the Lego worldview is that it fails to expose the thermodynamic processes involved. For one, Lego-like assemblies don’t easily show the transformation and exchange of energy that foster the self-assembly of reality as organization of a kind. What’s more, the multitude of different building bricks that we identified (and meticulously classified) produced a complexity that can only be unravelled by specialists often unrestrained other than by their standard models and at the cost of oversight. We are into a new cycle of awakening, a shifting paradigm about the true nature of our world. Reality is shaped, at all levels, by hidden choreographies of repeated patterns of behavior that emerge spontaneously in response to local gradients or inequalities. The world that we imagine and observe arises from such choreographies interacting. What does it mean for us to participate in such a choreography-driven phenomenon? With an eye on nations, companies, and organizations, how does the choreographic cosmology help us improve our chances in an evermore complex world? Marcus holds a PhD in Organizational Sociology and a B.Eng in Applied Physics. This explains why he typically explores our world at the crossroads of the natural and social sciences.