I share here the feedback of Marc Tassoul, owner of the creativity and creative problem solving discussion list, on listserv. Feeling beyond my depth when discussing complexity and chaos theory, I've requested the feedback of people like Marc, as well as those of the Santa Fe Institute, for help on my questions about the influence of internet communication on a given field or community of therapists. As they respond to me, and as this thread warrants, I'll share them here (I'm encouraged to do this, given Brian's observation that our field theory supports drawing on the resources found outside our box, but still present in the field). Here is Marc's response:
Dear Phil and others on the subject,
A suggestion from chaos theory (as far as I have gone into it) are these equilibrium points one finds. It could be that these equilibria, in other words, points where order can form, might be a function of the amount of information flow and that these might be found at different 'determined' amounts of flow. ('predetermined' in the sense of 'as a function of the structure of the system') So, order is not some linear function of 'amount of flow' but it 'might happen' (chaotic system) at particular levels of information flow.
Just a thought, sorry for the lousy terminology,
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