The Beautiful Uncertainty of Nature


Context: We need a war on tidiness

It is, ironically, in our attempts to explain, to mimic and to supersede nature that our greatest failures (also) manifest themselves. The linear aspiration to a pure mechanical logic and axiomatic certainty is, beyond the many (overt) successes of engineering and mathematics, an attempt at control which says more of psychological aspiration than it does of logical necessity.

The Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi (as poignantly evident in the beautiful art of pottery restoration known as Kintsukuroi) captures an unbounded and profound emergent complexity in the incomplete, the discontinuous and the natural world.

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