Both humans and their environment are governed by uncontrolled entropy. In our natural surroundings, living things surrender to decay, as it is merely a step into a new cycle. People, however, are constantly fighting entropy and trying to gain ‚control’ in the ever-changing and unpredictable unfolding of time.
„The meaning of the fact that everything is constantly dissolving and falling apart, in a process of constant death and decay, is of great assistance to you, it allows you that you don’t have to let go because there’s nothing to hold on to, its achieved for you by nature.“ Allan W.
TRAUMA and the effect of human presence
Trauma in the material world will always follow an entropic pattern, decomposing, going from order to disorder, whilst in the mind, a process of reversed entropy seems to happen, in time our traumas heal and events that happened seem to make sense in perspective, as they say, time smoothens things out
I choose control/order and trauma, two components of entropy, in order to understand the differences and similarities in the way humans and their environment react to entropy.
In the Buddhist tradition, trauma, (Dukkha) and impermanence (Anicca) are two of the Three Marks of Existence, which according to them, govern all beings.
“The doctrine asserts that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is transient, evanescent, inconstant. All temporal things, whether material or mental, are compounded objects in a continuous change of condition, subject to decline and destruction. Human life embodies this flux in the ageing process, the cycle of repeated birth and death (Samsara), „nothing lasts, and everything decays.”(Gombrich, 2006). Dukkha is the consequence of fighting impermanence (Anicca).
The double slit experiment was another source of inspiration for this project as it backs up the idea that mere human presence has an impact on the behaviour of the environment. is a demonstration that small particles of light and matter can behave both as particles and waves and suggests that the very act of observing a particle has a dramatic effect on its behaviour. If one neglects to observe which slit a photon passes through, it appears to interfere with itself, suggesting that it behaves as a wave bytravelling through both slits at once. But, if one chooses to observe the slits, the interference pattern disappears, and each photon travels through only one of the slits.
„The double-slit experiment (and its variations) has become a classic thought experiment, for its clarity in expressing the central puzzles of quantum mechanics. „Feynman, Richard