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"Chaos is the natural order of the universe"



"Chaos is the natural order of the universe"

- Joane Cardinal-Schubert (Blackfoot name: Ponokaki = Elk Woman) - Visual Artist, Writer, Director of Video, NativeTheatre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Some comments about this motto (which emphasizes the word "chaos" instead of the word "randomness"): From a message posted by the author of this webpage (Jim Till) to the HBG discussion forum on August 23, 1998, on the subject: Re: a serious question concerning the motto [the HBG discussion forum is no longer available]. Perhaps this motto should be regarded as an artist's version of a speculation (attributed to James Marti in a webpage What is Chaos? linked to the Santa Fe Institute's website): "Chaos might be the new world order"? This same webpage includes a comment that: "There is frequent confusion between chaos and randomness".
From another message, which the author posted anonymously to the HBG discussion forum on Sept. 9, 1998, on the subject: A quotation about chaos and randomness: An excerpt from another link at the Principia Cybernetica website: "For example in the physical and mathematical study of chaotic systems a framework which implicitly disregards some level of detail as "random", is so familiar that it has become a background assumption".
Some notes about the origin of this motto: The origin of this saying is outlined in a part of an email message sent to me by Joane Cardinal-Schubert on August 6, 1998. It begins with a story that she heard when she was about 8 years old:
>...the story went: a man invented the most powerful lens in the >world....what a responsibility ...what to look at first...he decided to >look at the most important thing to mankind...a drop of water. He looked >through the lens and saw a beautiful woman resting beside a huge lake under >a tree..(sorry syntax) oh he looked very hard at this pleasant >scene....suddenly it disappeared.....the water had dried up....that is all >I remember of the story ...I was 8 or so...but it and my early observations >made me look at the world and it's place in the universe so differently. > >What I thought ...if...we, on this earth are that small...what if we are >only a small part, an insignificant part of the universe....what if our >Universe is really as large as a drop of water.....what if our time is >that short......why are we so arrogant....etc...etc.... so combined with >all of those time lapses, and over laps...and layered thinking, I altered >the sayings...there is order in chaos [from Douglas J. Cardinal, circa >1990] and ..... there is a natural order to all things, (an) order in nature >[Joseph T. Cardinal circa 1948], ... . to chaos is the natural order >of all things... to 'chaos is the natural order of the universe' >[circa 1995, after breast cancer]. >(NB Jim ..my thought processes always take this long....47 years....smile) > >Right now my body is chaotic, I have what people call cancer....all that >means is that some of my cells want to go on for ever....Jaune Quick to See >Smith says a culture that doesn't change dies...referring to Native >Culture's continuum....I reason...why should cancer be any >different....this is what led me to believe from the beginning I have to >live with it.....it is a part of me...no different than the chaos we see in >the Universe.....in the natural order of things.
Copyright 1998 by Joane Cardinal-Schubert and Jim Till Posted August 8, 1998
Douglas J. Cardinal, who contributed to the evolution of the saying 'chaos is the natural order of the universe' is Joane Cardinal-Schubert's brother, and a very well-known architect (see: www.djcarchitect.com). Joseph T. Cardinal (b1908, d1970) is their father.
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