Lisa Jacobson
oil on linen
14″ x 17″

John Manzi
“Study f”
digital photograph

All parts of a complex living system interact with and rely on one another because they occupy the same system. It cannot be understood by the sum of its parts (or of their multiples) but as a whole dynamical interconnective processes or emergences of patterns arising out of the perpetual and infinite interactions. The theory of the Implicate Order contains an ultraholistic cosmic view; it connects everything with everything else. In principle, any individual element could reveal “detailed information about every other element in the universe.” The central underlying theme of David Bohm’s theory is the unbroken wholeness of the totality of existence as an undivided flowing movement without borders.

David Bohm believed that life and consciousness are enfolded deep in the generative order and are therefore present in varying degrees of unfoldment in all matter, including supposedly “inanimate” matter such as electrons or plasmas. He suggests that there is a “protointelligence” in matter, so that new evolutionary developments do not emerge in a random fashion but creatively as relatively integrated wholes from implicate levels of reality. (Quoted in Michael Talbot, The Holographic Universe, HarperCollins, New York, 1991, p. 271.)