Wednesday, 3 March 2004

From "Samuel Johnson and the Aesthetics of Complex Dynamics"

By Mark Wildermuth.

Emerging from his own turbulent yet organized monadic cosmology is Pope's vision of society as a fractal—a pseudorandom schema where individuals naturally assume their proper place in the hierarchy via the attractive principles of the system's dynamic. Societies organize themselves locally according to the same global principles that create and sustain the cosmic plenum. For Pope, "All nature is but art unknown to thee; / All Discord, Harmony, not understood; / All partial Evil, universal Good."

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