Vasileios Basios – Lessons Learned from Complexity Theory: Are We at a Tipping Point in Consciousness Studies?
How can we relearn organisation through self-organising systems?
Join Dr Vasileios Basios for an exciting journey through chaos and complexity theory as an essential condition for developing more sophisticated and reliable thinking about the processes of change and transformation in relation to consciousness studies.
The breakthroughs of modern science always point way beyond its own conceptual framework. However, we have not yet come to terms with their significance as to how to incorporate these new horizons in how we think, act and learn. Although Complexity Theory highlights the importance of non-linearity, we still try to solve our non-linear problems with linear thinking. Although wholeness informs modern science, we still try to fix the parts via mechanically informed concepts, either at the level of institutions of at the level of individuals. We know now, from Chaos Theory, that determinism does not imply necessarily predictability and that strong tipping points and crises announce themselves through weak signals, yet we stick into anticipating the big trends. In order to navigate safely through a complex and changing landscape, we must re-learn organisation from self-organising systems and adaptation from self-adaptive systems; and stop thinking about wholes as mere sums of parts.
Vasileios BasiosPhysicist, Senior researcher
Dr Vasileios Basios is a physicist, conducting interdisciplinary research on the foundations of complexity science and nonlinear systems, self-organization and complex matter. During his formative years, he was tutored by Ilya Prigogine (Nobel Laureate) at the Solvay Institutes in ULB and by Emilios Bouratinos on meditation and philosophy. He is interested in the complex interface between action and information and the history of ideas in science and their role in the transformation of science beyond the prevailing naïve materialistic reductionistic world-view. With others from PEAR Lab, he initiated the Mind-Matter-Mapping Project and has since published essays for ICRL where he now serves as a Trustee. He is a member of the Board of the Scientific and Medical Network and the Steering Team of the Galileo Commission.