“The modern physicist is a quantum theorist on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and a student of gravitational relativity theory on Tuesday, Thursday,
and Saturday. On Sunday he is praying. . . that someone will find the reconciliation between the two views.”
The more we get out of the world the less we leave, and in the long run we shall have to pay our debts at a time that may be very inconvenient for our
The nervous system and the automatic machine are fundamentally alike in that they are devices, which make decisions on the basis of decisions they
made in the past
To live effectively is to live with adequate information.
"Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe." Pres. Abraham Lincoln, 1861
“A single inattention may lose a chess game, whereas a single successful approach to a problem, among many which have been relegated to the
wastebasket, will make a mathematician's reputation.”
"We seem to be brought up in a world seen through descriptions by others rather than through our own perceptions. This has the consequence that
instead of using language as a tool with which to express thoughts and experience, we accept language as a tool that determines our thoughts and
"At any moment we are free to act toward the future we desire."
"1. Education is neither a right or a privilige: it is a necessity. 2. Education is learning to ask legitimate questions. 3. A is better off when B
is better off."
"The hard sciences are successful because they deal with the soft problems; the soft sciences are struggling because they deal with the hard
"Objects and events are not primitive experiences. Objects and events are representations of relations."
"The information associated with a description depends on an observer's ability to draw inferences from this description. [...] chance and necessity
are concepts that do not apply to the world, but to our attempts to create (a description) of it."
“In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.”
It would appear that we have reached the limits of what it is possible to achieve with computer technology, although one should be careful with such
statements, as they tend to sound pretty silly in 5 years.
“The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which,
with the addition of certain verbal interpretations describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and
precisely that it is expected to work.”
There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about.
Truth is much too complicated to allow anything but approximations.
# "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the
# "Imagination is more important than knowledge."
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
# "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."
Morin's epistemological work can be seen as "revolutionary" because of his attempt to reconsider the relation-triangle: ideology-politics-science
through what he calls "complexity". The "complex" being here not the opposite of simple but a "method" which "respects the mystery" of the
universe knowing that "the simple is just, always, something simplified" by someone. This titanic effort can be discovered in his six volume
masterwork La Méthode, not merely a scientific project but also a complex message from the heart of the 20th century.
According to Alfonso Montuori (in "Edgar Morin: A partial introduction", see below) "The 5 volume Method is perhaps Morin’s culminating work, a
remarkable and seemingly inexhaustible treasure trove of insights, reflection, and a real manual for those who are interested in broadening the nature
of human inquiry. Drawing on cybernetics, information theory, systems theory, but also integrating all the work he has done before, from the work on
imagination in his research on movies to his profound reflections on death, Method integrates Morin’s journey and provides the reader with an
alternative to the traditional assumptions and method of inquiry of our time.".
MANIFESTO FOR THE METAMORPHOSIS OF THE WORLD
We are witnesses and actors in the crisis of the world that affects all spheres. A systems analysis shows that it is the result of the tangle of
multiple components, relationships and many feedbacks that are forged between the extremely different seats for the economic, social, demographic,
political, ideological, religious, the ethics, thought, way of life, the ecosystem, all in crisis.
The spaceship earth has no driver. Its four engines, science, technology, economy, profit, are all uncontrolled. In the absence of global governance,
the ship goes to the disaster. It is the most likely hypothesis.
The improbable is the ability of guidance in time to follow another route to address issues vital to humanity, first the degradation of the biosphere
including the nuclear threats that are not missing .
There should be a metamorphosis, which in the present state of consciousness is an unlikely, though not zero. But what, in fact, a metamorphosis?
Otherwise the change from one form to another, and in biology, an important body and lifestyle in the development of certain animals such as
amphibians and some insects. Thus we speak of the metamorphosis of butterflies or frogs. Here the self-destruction is also self-construction, identity
maintained in otherness.
More generally the emergence of life is a metamorphosis of a chemical-physical. Historical societies have become from a collection of archaic
societies. Life and society are the product of metamorphoses. They are in danger. The story is also the tragic outcome of developing a capacity to
destroy mankind. It is therefore the vital need for a meta-history. It has no end of history, contrary to Fukuyama's thesis that had fired the
triumph of capitalism the conclusion of its durability. Creative abilities are not exhausted. Another story is possible.
There are reasons for hope.