By Dr Paul Freinkel
Holism is the understanding of reality in terms of systems tending towards integrated wholes whose properties may not be reduced to those of smaller units. These wholes form at least four major groups of complexity: material systems, living (material) systems, conscious (living material) systems and self-conscious (living material) systems4 which further organize into meta-systems such as the social / environmental, moral and spiritual. This tendency towards organization appears in contradiction to the Second Law of Thermodynamics which requires an increase in entropy within a closed system. In the seminar we explored the connection between the tendency towards self organization and the generation of life within the universe, the universal tendency towards chaos. The holoprint is a beautiful symbol of the hidden connections between multiple diverse systems and we discussed how it demonstrates the thousands of connections involved in a single cup of coffee. We then discussed an understanding of love and the potential for love within the multiple interconnected systems in which we live.