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"We're tired of trees. We should stop believing in trees, roots, and radicles. They've made us suffer too much. All of arborescent culture is founded on them, from biology to linguistics" --A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia Deleuze and Guattari --Deleuze & Guattari, 1980


Interconnectedness is one of many concepts gaining popularity as part of the terminology of a worldview which sees a oneness in all things. A similar term, interdependence, is sometimes used instead, although there are slightly different connotations. Both terms tend to refer to the idea that all things are of a single underlying substance and reality, and that there is no true separation deeper than appearances. Some feel that 'interconnectedness' and similar terms are part of a contemporary lexicon of mysticism, which is based on the same core idea of universal oneness. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interconnectedness, May 2004

David Bohm

One of the most intriguing proponents of the interconnectedness thesis has been David Bohm, a maverick physicist and one of the chief opponents of the Copenhagen interpretation. Bohm suggests that the universe consists of what is most adequately termed "unbroken wholeness", which can only be described as "that-which-is." Space, time, and matter simple are: they are the unfolding of that which was enfolded, the actualization of a potentiality. The totality of the universe is therefore, and paradoxically, self-contained, immanent. Bohm's undifferentiated whole, the enfolded, is called the implicate order. The actualized world of particulars, the unfolded, is the explicate order. Bohm illustrates the relationship between the two orders with a tropologue, a metaphor. If we put some viscous fluid such as glycerine in a container, place a drop of insoluble dye close to one edge, and turn the container slowly, the dye is "stretched" out in a circle until it seems to disappear. It is still there, but it is now enfolded, implicate. If we reverse the turn of the container, the drop reappears in its previous form. It has become unfolded, explicate. While the dye was in its enfolded state, it existed, though we could not perceive it. Simply because we do not see something or are not presently conscious of it does not imply its nonexistence. It is there, potentially to become explicate. And, it bears mentioning that what is at a given moment explicate must in this sense imply what remains implicate but could have become explicate (Bohm 1980,140-71).--http://www.pucsp.br/pos/cos/interlab/fmerrell/, accessed May 2004

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