I know the Jurassic Park movie franchise is still alive and well. And many reading this post have seen the first blockbuster movie. I’m not one to suggest novels, not in the stinkyuniverse world, but I make an exception here. Michael Creighton’s novel Jurassic Park was way better than the movie, and I really liked the movie.
Here’s the topic that wasn’t altogether present in the movie: chaos theory. I won’t go into chaos theory here, but I thought the novel did a great job of giving an overview of a very scientific topic to a lay audience. But there is one end result evident in chaos theory that gets a brief mention in the movie. It’s the line when the Jeff Goldblum character says,
If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it’s that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh… well, there it is.
In the novel, there’s a simple mathematical basis for making this conclusion. In the movie, we just have to trust the Jeff Goldblum character, Dr. Ian Malcolm, because he’s a scientist and Hollywood knows that the general movie audience isn’t going to the movies for scientific knowledge. It’s entertainment. That’s fine. But the novel delivers on both.
Beyond that, the quote “life breaks free” is …, well, I would call it an axiom, an unequivocal truth, and it’s at the core of chaos theory. Actually, it’s a fact that if you have, say, a region in space with a conglomeration of basic atoms and molecules, atoms and molecules that are present in many, many galaxies that have formed and are forming, and you supply a power source, let’s say thousands of suns, then you are going to get life. There is a self-organizing principle at play. Life forms out of energy and microscopic stuff.
Why is that?
Whatever the reason is, it’s the same reason for the evolution of the collective unconscious. The collective unconscious didn’t exist before the emergence of the consciousness of humans; it is organization and structure that sprang from something that was less organized and less structured. How can that be? And if it’s true, then can someone use this force for his or her own purposes?
Actually, I’ve thought this all out, and I’m happy to present them in my novel Dominion. By using this “force” that exists throughout the universe, my space rescue team (the first private rescue team in space) develops powers that enable them to accomplish a very problematic mission, one that involves Pope Pius XIII, the subject of a previous post.
Actually, if one thinks about it, this harnessing of the universal force of self-organization could lead to a sort of Carl Jung inspired troupe of individuals who see what’s possible, what’s beyond the eyesight of less perceptive people, and that is exactly what Dominion produces: the Jungi Knights.