April 9, 2017 (Nairobi):
Everything is fractal, everything holarchical.
Fractality is holarchy. Holarchy is fractality.
Molecular, chemical, cellular, neural, linguistic, and social structures are fractal and holarchical. Like is drawn to like, or repels like. Like is drawn to unlike, or attracts unlike…and new, more complex arrangements emerge.
Emergence is the playful, spontaneous, even flirtatious assemblage of individual parts (wholes on their own) into higher, more complex wholes.
Love, or ‘syntropy’ in scientific terms, is the unitive force, the retroactive causality that seduces individuals into arrangements with other individuals. So long as these arrangements are flexible and dynamic, they remain healthy and viable. But when they begin to calcify and stultify and become more life-squelching than life-channeling, then their break-up is required.
Entropy – death and analysis – comes into play. It dissembles the assemblage, pulling single units apart from other units, putting them back into a temporary state of disorder, decay, and chaos, thereby making them available for new syntheses, structures, and forms of life that will emerge in the same way: love drawing entities together in spontaneously orderly ways into fractal, holarchical structures that can wick the sap of life upward.
This waxing-and-waning of Energy, the ebb-and-flow of Spirit, syntropy and entropy, assembly and disassembly, passion and apathy, life and death, synthesis and analysis, growth and decay – is the rhythm of the Universe.
Language is fractal, holarchical. It is a system in which meaning is expressed through phonemes that cluster into morphemes that cluster into syntagmemes that cluster into paragraphs and higher levels of discourse….
Music seems also to be fractal and holarchical…A chord played is a holon, a synthesized and harmonized cluster of interrelated but singular sound frequencies. A melody is a series of notes played consecutively, yet deriving their meaning from their relationship to every other note on the scale….
Language and music evince linear and nonlinear aspects to their assemblages. ‘Linear’ is just an aspect – a ‘looking-at’ or perspective – of tracing in time the connections between parts. ‘Nonlinear’ is the simultaneous or timeless aspect, a perspective of seeing the whole before and after its creation. And the two aspects are constantly switching back and forth. ‘Linear’ means movement through time, whereas ‘nonlinear’ is timeless. Left brain (timed), right brain (timeless)…both are at play.