Ideapod – Freedom, complexity, boundaries

Ideapod – Freedom

The relationship between freedom complexity, strategies and boundaries
We are very complex entities, with many levels of embodied systems from both genetic and cultural contexts.
All new levels of complexity seem to emerge from new levels of cooperation, and all cooperation requires attendant strategies to prevent over-run by cheating strategies.
New levels of complexity offer new levels of freedom.
Every new level of complexity requires new constraints, at higher levels those constraints are something like morality.

#Freedom seems to reach its highest levels when we accept the necessary minimum set of constraints required to sustain that level of complexity.

Cells without cell walls are undifferentiated ocean.
Differentiation requires boundaries.
And the more complex the systems the more complex, flexible and active the required constraints.

Freedom is not freedom from consequences.
We seem to be the result of many levels of the survival of variants over deep time.

Real #freedom must be within required limits.

[followed by]

If you believe that everything has a cause, then there cannot be freedom.
If you accept what Heisenberg uncertainty seems to be saying about the fundamental structure of this reality within which we find ourselves, that it is a fundamental balance between order and chaos, then that does create room for a very real form of freedom, as it loosens the constraints of hard causality down to degrees of influence at different levels.

At some levels, sure, there do exist relationships that very closely approximate the causal, within the limits of the errors of measurement of our best instruments.

At other levels, there do in fact seem to be sufficient degrees of freedom for high order software systems such as ourselves to actually have creative influence.

And there cannot be any absolutes in such a system.
Order and chaos must both exist, in balance.
Attempts to impose too much order must result in too much chaos.

If #freedom is to be a positive force it must find that balance.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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