Nature’s self organization

Nature is wonderful to humans because it is quite awe-inspiring.

Nature organizes itself and grows in fantastic ways.

When one looks at a small portion of the natural world, like the coast of Norway, for instance, the organization is intricate and complex. It is impossible to truly measure the length of such coastlines. This phenomenon is known as the coastline paradox.

Similar fractal patterns can be observed in various other phenomena, including the shapes of leaves and trees.

Other natural phenomena like earthquakes and solar flares follow the self-organized criticality pattern which is related to the above.

As the Danish physicist, Per Bak, argues in his book, How Nature Works, the self-organized criticality approach also applies to understand human organization in a social sense. He suggests (correctly, in my opinion) that fields such as economics should take into account the self-organized criticality aspects of human behavior instead of ignoring or throwing out the outliers such as the boom and bust cycles as done in “equilibrium” economics.