Monday, March 16, 2009


Chaos. A word describing my endeavor, my goal to comprehend its influence but never being fully touched. Always pussyfooting around but never struck at the heart. Trying hard, examining the effects, the tangible marks, opening inroads but never near. All the thoughts, ideas, concepts amassed did not materialise into something solid about what chaos is. It did not make me feel sure enough to title a post, with that very word.

I have been annoyed often enough when I kept reading about chaos as an unpleasant state, brought out of the minds of the people, referring to as a state to be avoided at all costs, stirred clear of its path, branding it as synonym of mayhem and destruction. I myself was confused as well, as by reading their descriptions, I could not but agree.

Certainly, on and on, I found solace on the thought of the human individual's limited perception. The fallacies that are perpetrated as a result. Along with an unwillingness to learn, either voluntary as a result of an enhanced ego, or involuntary as a result of their working patterns which demand for individuals a great chunk of their day-to-day time, forced into comfort zones, neglecting their chance for personal development.

We have to distinguish chaos drawn out of the testimonies of individuals, laying out their experience of chaos and the chaos which I would call mathematical chaos which nevertheless it is connected to the chaos of objects, objects can be thought of as attractors developed by chaotic processes of mathematical chaos.

Mathematical chaos, as its description entails the use of variables and parametres, that represent the conditions prevalent in the space or time that chaos take place. This conditions are determined by the kind of objects within that specific space and time which ensue interactions, interactions that affect the parametres and variables, as their values change with time and space. It has been called deterministic as it is not random and its course can be determined. Determination can be referred to as purpose.

The mathematical chaos underlies the chaos of objects.

Objects as a house which is the result of processes undertaken by the individuals who built the house. Out of the synchronized and coordinated processes of all individuals involved, from its conception in the mind of the architect and civil engineer and contractor to the bricklayers, roofers, plasterers, carpenters, electricians, fitters concerted efforts, each individual involved with its own purpose, the deterministic element inherent in the individual processes undertaken.

Chaos becomes evident when the whole process of building a house, is filmed from its foundation to the last job done, watched in fast forward motion. The teeming of people witnessed, is baffling to the human mind, it gets confused and lost, chaos experienced. The human mind does not manage to see the synchronization in the processes of the people involved, or barely, and such a lack from the perspective of perception is attributed as chaos. The blueprints of the architect act as an attractor. All the efforts (processes) undertaken are attracted to the plans, where no brick is laid out anywhere else apart where the walls in the plan are, no tile is hung mid-air apart from where the roof is.

And more than the very conception of the house, the blueprints the architect prepares, the type, shape, size has passed through many variations, from its inception of dwellings for people to reside in, to its modern form it is a result of attractors as they have developed over the years. The time dimension of the attractor house.

Attractors which acquire physical form, become tangible but being no different in conception to any other attractors, tangible or intangible, as they evolve out of chaos.

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