From Complexity to Peace
University of California, Davis
Last modified: August 14, 2006
The last few decades have witnessed the development of a host of ideas aimed at understanding and predicting nature's ever present complexity. It is shown that such a work provides, through its detailed study of order and disorder, a suitable framework for visualizing the dynamics and consequences of mankind's ever present divisive traits. Specifically, this talk shall explain: (a) how recent universal results pertaining to multiplicative cascades and fully developed turbulence entice all of us, in a logical way, to seek peace in a condition typified by the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle; (b) how recent universal results pertaining to the transition from order to chaos via a cascade of bifurcations point us to a serene state, symbolized by the convergence to the origin in the root of a Feigenbaum's tree, in which we all may achieve our inherently desired condition of justice and peace; and (c) how recent universal results pertaining to power-laws, self-organized criticality and space-filling transformations provide additional and pertinent reminders that point us to unity as an essential element for us to achieve peace.
NOTES: Three papers following the three parts of the talk are on press at E:CO and they may be found on the web page http://puente.lawr.ucdavis.edu/peace.htm. Due to time limitations, the talk in Boston was limited to the first part of the abstract. The aforementioned site contains an hour long videotape of the whole presentation. This site contains the transparencies and words of what I presented in Boston under the title "The Hypotenuse: The Pathway of Peace."