What is the nature of Creation?
Creation is self-organizing.
Order in the universe arises spontaneously - it is an inherent property
of nature. The self-organization of simple elements brings more
complex elements into existence. Consider a snowflake.
Life originates from the interaction
of simple elements.
Simple elements form networks. Autocatalysis is the basis of
Initially random interactions among simple elements give rise to
self-perpetuating networks. Metabolic cycles, cells, patterns of
gene expression, and, ultimately, organisms result.
Living beings are irreducible.
They are greater than the sum of their parts. Cut it up and
Our brains are a multitude of interconnecting neurons. The endless
interactions among them across the synapses form a neural network
that is capable of creating novelty. All of consciousness - thought,
emotion, sensation - is emergent.
Organization begets organization.
From molecules to cells to tissues to organisms to societies
to civilizations, interaction among the organized continues.
In ever-widening loops, individuals continue to interact - one with
the other, one with the many, the many with the many, like with
like, and like with unlike - giving rise to ecosystems.
Interdependence ramifies infinitely.
Creation is self-creating.
The autocatalytic nature of Creation allows visual art to unfold
according to its own creative principles. Entire compositions arise
spontaneously - the result of chance and inherent potential.