Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Against Complexity

This post is just the ticket, from the blog Being Sufficiently (hat tip Graham). It's about time Darwinism started standing up to the teleology implicit in complexity theory. In no sense is it the case that evolution is teleological. Most lifeforms are no more or less complicated than bacteria. And we share more in common with bacteria, by the way, than we do with slime molds (see below).

And yes—complexity theory with its “emergence” is complicit with libertarianism.


John B-R said...

You write: "And yes—complexity theory with its “emergence” is complicit with libertarianism." I'd I'd like to note an example: Kauffman's libertarianism is a very neoliberal free market libertarianism. It's no coincidence that he owns lots of patents, I would think.

peter said...

Hi Tim
Thanks for the kind words and glad you liked the post. I have recently been getting to grips with some of your ideas. I would love a copy of your book and the essay sounds incredibly useful too. I also have some questions about the article you wrote for Collapse VI, especially around nihilisma and romanticism. My email is - hope to here from you soon