A way to respond to experience we’re unable to articulate.
There are lots of cases when what attracts us to a theory is its sort of “spooky” truth. “Urban myths” often contain them, and science can often be the source of them, as well as cultural sayings and religion too, of course. The value is that they give you, a way to respond to experience we’re unable to articulate.
For applying them to real world problems, however, it’s rather important to “do the work” of finding real examples you can study and articulate. What’s NOT needed is “spooky action” for real problems… ;-) So here are a couple notes on how to find real examples to help you apply curiously attractive metaphors and “spooky theories” to decision making about the real problems, such as our groping with finding our place on earth. jlh
“spooky theory” then becomes a metaphor for something real you understand well enough to use as a guide.
1. for Greenleap 9/23/12 – “Spooky biomimicry” as “what to do”
Richard – Ultimately “what to do” is a communal process somehow, as we’re in communal trouble. Lots of people are seeking new directions of learning, but I can tell are often still using the blinders of the past to guide them… and not wanting to hear about it at all. All you can offer them a more authentic way to search for new learning, hoping they’ll see it as fun.
Natural systems are the complexly organized and behaving “creatures of nature” that by definition operate without our thinking about them, or knowing anything about them, or doing anything, and are largely invisible to us. That’s by definition “spooky nature”. It’s also the source of all our mysterious stories about unanswered questions, and all our mysterious experiences. What we can do with “spooky ideas” that situations suggest to us is then find an example that isn’t spooky, that we can then use as a real guide to how complex systems work and how to interact with them. – ed jlh