No Design

Kline, A. S. (b.1947), authored by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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This later collection of original poetry by A. S. Kline, illustrates in more detail a view of the universe and the presence of life within it, as a spontaneously self-generating set of processes. No external entity or mind created the universe or life, and nothing directs them by means of external purpose. In that sense they are the products of no design, although through the intrinsic physics of matter and energy, and through the process of natural selection whereby genetic mutations which enhance the chance of survival are perpetuated, forms emerge which may appear as if externally designed. Borrowing images and themes from Zen, Taoism, and elsewhere to enhance his own thoughts the poet emphasises the world as process and flow, rather than as matter and objects fixed and immutable. What is undesigned is open to spontaneous self-modification, and possesses multiple degrees of freedom compared with the products of human design, which are always intended to serve a human purpose, and therefore are intrinsically unfree.

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Kline, A. S.

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