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Nature's Fragile Harmonies by Stephan Harding

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Here is the introduction to a chapter that Dr Stephan Harding from our Holistic Science faculty wrote for HRH Prince Charle's Harmony Project.

We tend to have a rose-tinted idea about harmony in nature, as if somehow it involves a state of static perfection devoid of conflict, friction and strife.  But this view of harmony may not hold up under close scrutiny, for harmony in nature seems to appear when opposite tendencies and forces – creation and destruction, positive and negative, predator and prey, implosion and explosion – reach a transient state of equilibrium in which, for a while at least, some kind of fragile dynamic balance is achieved.  If this view is correct we would expect to find harmony emerging from the interaction of opposites at every level of existence, from sub-atomic particles to galaxies to galaxy clusters and beyond. 

Here I’ll explore the notion that harmony, forever fragile, emerges from a delicate reconciliation between opposites in a progression that begins with so-called sub-atomic ‘particles’ and ends with Gaia, the global ecosystem, leaving you, the reader, to ponder whether the principle might apply at larger, more cosmic scales.

You can read the full article here

Dr Stephan Harding teaches on MSc Holistic Science programme.