David Bohm stated that there is no true randomness, no inherent chaos in the cosmos -- just a spectrum of order which varies in intensity from one end to the other, and which at one end appears as purely random. He believed that even in, say, a Brownian fluid, if we properly understood it (which is not strictly possible with current technology) we would see that at bottom it is merely a very complex example of a system with a very low degree of order -- one which would give every appearance of disorder. If anyone were able to prove this thesis true, it would obviously explain, finally, the order we see everywhere, and give us a revolutionary new view of the universe which would trample the quantum worldview.


Say what you will about human nature and law and order; people, generally speaking, are pretty well behaved. If they weren't, our system would be powerless to stop the resultant chaos.


On the subject of randomness and order: Are the grains of sand on a beach random?


The debate seems to be whether the universe came into existence completely by accident, or was designed by some creator. Why not a third option? Could there be a cosmic substrate which is informed by some subtle governing principle of intelligence or order, which evolves freely according to no predetermined stricture -- chaos? Order (which is a form of intelligence) and random chaos (through which it is expressed) are both required for the evolution of a universe like ours.


As a general rule, chaos flows into orderly states in some situations and under certain conditions. It seems hard to deny that both chaotic and orderly components appear together in the surroundings we find ourselves in. They seem to work in synergy.




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