My questions: is there any phenomenon for you which can be explained scientifically in its depth and the explanation takes away any mystical notion.
Is there anything which is fully explained and still gives you a feeling of awe?
In every theater of physics (from quantum to cosmological)
there is one phenomenon that consistently and reliably defies all known laws of
cause and effect, and yet it's a phenomenon that is as commonplace as a thunderstorm on a late spring afternoon. It's called the Emergent System.
Some really common examples are thunderstorms, traffic, communities, life, and conscious awareness. Examples that are not as common are tornadoes and
mobs. What defines an Emergent System is its capacity to emerge
as a complete and indivisible holon entity that features unique physical
properties that cannot be directly associated with the physical properties of any of the contributive entities or factors that came together in
confluence to allow that Emergent System to become existent. Within the Material Realm, each Emergent System is also completely dependent on the
ongoing confluence, and in a specific balance of component mixture (within parameters, of course)
, for it to continue to survive as the system
that it is.
A tornado is a great example of an Emergent System whose survival is extremely precarious and immediately dependent upon an exact confluence balance.
If any factor - warm air, cool air, moisture, terrain, high pressure, low pressure - slips out of balance with the other factors, that tornado will
"rope out" immediately, only to instantly reform with its original strength as soon as that delicate balance is restored again. This can make it seem
- as the destruction pattern is examined later - that the tornado "hopped" over one house only to flatten the house across the street. They don't hop.
A tornado simply unravels and reforms within seconds (sometimes often)
during the course of its "life" depending on how stable its emergence
There are some Emergent Systems that have physical and "noumenal" factors. The most famous example is the mob. A crowd of people can be incrementally
reduced - one person at a time - until there are only a relative handful, thereby losing its identity as a "crowd" (definitionally speaking)
mob can be completely vaporized in an instant, leaving behind a crowd of the very same people, and with all other material factors untouched and
present. All that's needed is to eliminate the noumenal component (rage, fervor, fear, inspiration)
and the mob is gone. This is what an
Emergent System is all about, and this is why these systems are so mysterious and wondrous, even though they are absolutely commonplace.
Whenever you run into something that clearly exists, and yet science has no real explanation for it - like the "Dark Matter" of open space - then it's
a pretty good bet that what you're dealing with is yet another Emergent System that simply hasn't been recognized (yet)
for what it actually
edit on 12/17/2013 by NorEaster because: (no reason given)