An Emergent Cosmopolis

Educational Projects: Introductory Course: Phase 2, Day 2

The complex, non-linear, emergent world in which we live: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous

Phase 2 Case Study into “Fake News”

Day 2: Refining conditioning and sublating levels


 Note: Ambiguity is part of complex dynamic emergent structures, where multiple models may not cover the full extent of the structure. “Resolving ambiguity means understanding the context within which the event takes place. It requires systems thinking to see the interconnections, to gain different perspectives in order to build up the full context within which can event can be properly understood.”[1]

We are entering a strange world indeed, one quite different from the traditional understanding of socio-political behavior and the world of politics and policy. It is a world of continual creation, of giving form to potential and actualizing that form through the creation and maintenance of a multitude of interlocking recurring schemes of operations embodied in a wide variety of institutions that may or may not be compatible with each other. What emerges is a revision of the standing wave of energy passing through the earth, a revision that modifies this standing wave to meet human concerns and interests via the production of a steady stream of goods to the extent possible within any given good of order or spirit of an age.

What adds to this complexity is the sublating effect of the transcendental realm of meaning made real through the revelation of the Divine Mystery of itself to humans. This same world mediated by meaning that so modifies the natural recurring schemes of the world is in itself modified by a higher power that that of mere humans, a power the acts in human history not through the control of history itself—that is left to human beings—but to the infusion of the human heart of the Divine love that permeates the universe.


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[1] “What is VUCA?” (Complexity Labs, May 5, 2017), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yg_BLNSYZU. VUCA stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Learning how to operate under such conditions requires a different way of thinking. RCB