Fractals, consciousness and complexity by Catherine Van Holder

“Being fractal is a way for a system to be in touch with itself, talking to itself, but not locked in,” Goldberger says. “You can’t exist if you’re fixed at one frequency, but if you’re all over the place, that also doesn’t fly."

Very reminiscent of Daniel Siegels' complexity science based definition of "mental health". Whereas he believes "a human being is a complex system, striving to complexity", mental health can be defined as a "self-organized process that enables a person, or a relationship or a group to continually move toward maximal complexity. Unresolved trauma creates impairment to this striving and leads to either chaos or rigidity". 

Evolutionary Pathways by Catherine Van Holder

beautiful (long) read.. 

"All of the characters started out with clear, and clashing, identities (...). But I learned that they were all much more complicated, unpredictable, and fluid than they appeared at first, even to themselves."

Hack Belgium by Catherine Van Holder

Last week Catherine featured as a future expert during Hack Belgium, a three-day laboratory for the future. For the event about 1000 participants convened at the Tour & Taxis site in Brussels to hack together a series of game-changing solutions to 14 societal and systemic challenges across a variety of thematic areas such as mobility, healthcare and education. Experts took part to boost the level of innovation with their domain-specific know-how, relevant to the targeted systemic challenges.

(update via Pantopicon news section)

Future Of Love by Catherine Van Holder

Welcome to the future.. #BeyondBoxes #FrameworksOfTheFuture #BeyondTaboo 

"The entire debate about sexual orientation is based on a fundamental misconception. The assertion that everyone is naturally straight becomes impossible when we recognize that sexual orientation lies on a continuum. The present study challenges the widely held belief that more than 90% of the population is straight, with a much smaller percentage gay or bisexual."

Knowledge, Evolution & the Essential Tension by Catherine Van Holder

"The findings address what philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn famously called "the essential tension" between tradition and innovation in scientific research. (...) The hotspot may emerge from efforts to reconcile new modes of thought with older ones. You're seeing a balancing between legacy language and emerging language. They're doing the work of thinking how those studies come together."

Big Data Politics by Catherine Van Holder

If there's anything you read today, it should be this.. #seriously #BigData #Politics

"But what could happen, Kosinski asked himself, if someone misused his search engine in order to manipulate people? His scientific work began to come with warnings: these prediction techniques could be used in ways that “pose a threat to an individual’s well-being, freedom, or even life.” But no one seemed to understand what he meant.

Post Truth Worlds by Catherine Van Holder

“For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?” 
― George Orwell, 1984


Predictive World by Catherine Van Holder

Interesting big data application.. 

"You are a philosophical innovator. (...) To you, life is an ongoing inquiry into the mysteries of the universe.(...) People with your Facebook likes are intellectually curious and appreciative of what they consider beautiful, no matter what others think. Your imagination is vivid and makes you more creative than many others."