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What Can Synergetics Contribute to Embodied Aesthetics?

Version 1 : Received: 9 August 2017 / Approved: 10 August 2017 / Online: 10 August 2017 (10:03:01 CEST)

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Haken, H. What Can Synergetics Contribute to Embodied Aesthetics? Behav. Sci. 2017, 7, 61. Haken, H. What Can Synergetics Contribute to Embodied Aesthetics? Behav. Sci. 2017, 7, 61.


I deal with perception and action (e.g. movements) using results from Synergetics, a comprehensive mathematical theory of the selforganized formation ("emergence“) of spatial, temporal, or functional structures in complex systems. I illustrate basic concepts such as order parameters (ops), enslavement, complexity reduction, circular causality first by examples of well known collective, spontaneous modes of human behavior such as rhythmic clapping of hands etc., and then by face recognition. The role played by ops depends on context. In the case of face (or pattern) recognition an op represents the concept of an individual face (action of mind) and it enslaves the action (firing rates) of neurons (body). This insight allows me to interpret syndroms as order parameters playing their mind/body double role. I present criteria for the identification of ops and discuss their general properties including error correction and "remedy“ of deficiencies. Contact is made with a recent paper by Sabine Koch on embodied aesthetics. My approach includes the saturation of attention at various time scales (ambiguous figures/fashion). Adopting a psychological perspective, I discuss some ingredients of beauty such as proportionality and symmetry, but also the importance of irregularities.


pattern recognition; order parameters; aesthetics


Social Sciences, Behavior Sciences

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