Self-organization of Time and Causality – steps towards understanding the ultimate origin

Probably  the  most  fundamental  problem  is  the  origin  of  time  and causality. The inherent difficulty is that all scientific theories of origins and evolution consider  the  existence  of  time  and  causality  as  given. We  tackle  this  problem  by starting  from  the  concept  of  self-organization,  which  is  seen  as  the  spontaneous emergence of order out of primordial chaos. Self-organization can be explained by the selective  retention  of  invariant  or  consistent  variations,  implying  a  breaking  of  the initial symmetry exhibited by randomness. In the case of time, we start from a random graph  connecting  primitive  “events”.  Selection  on  the  basis  of  self-consistency eliminates cyclic parts of  the graph, so  that  transitive closure can  transform  it  into  a partial  order  relation  of  precedence.  Causality  is  assumed  to  be  carried  by  causal “agents”  which  undergo  a  more  traditional  variation  and  selection,  giving  rise  to causal laws that are partly contingent, partly necessary.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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