January 2022, Year XIV, n. 1
The Philosopher of Complexity
Telos: Instead of compartimentalised, simplistic knowledge, you propose complex knowledge that breaks down the traditional barriers between the disciplines and fills the black holes in our educational systems. What does teaching complexity mean?
Edgar Morin: Complexity is a challenge for knowledge, thought, action. Our reality, both physical, biological and social, is an odd mix of order, disorder and organisation.
By order I do not mean just determinism, but also stability, regularity; by disorder I do not mean just chance, but also decay, collusion; by organisation I mean all the systems on our planet that have been created, from atoms to the stars to the human species.
Knowledge - as it is taught today - is unable to convey, much less teach, complexity: either it separates data or it only sees confusion ...more
And they say WhatsApp is useless. However, this time it played a key role thanks to a WhatsApp message from my dear friend Andrea, who shared an interview in the Italian newspaper Repubblica called “Edgar Morin: Culture Is Our Shared Destiny”, which gave me an idea. Actually, when I thanked Andrea for this fascinating article, I wrote: “I just might ask him if he’d be willing to contribute to PRIMOPIANOSCALAc.” ...more