“The human brain – perhaps the most complex phenomenon in the known universe – is a prime example of a complex adaptive system.”
The concept of attractor landscapes is part of the emerging field of Complexity Science. It connects to systems theory and in particular to an understanding of complex adaptive systems.
The human brain – perhaps the most complex phenomenon in the known universe – is a prime example of a complex adaptive system. It contains around 100 billion neurons (plus five to ten times that number of support cells – called “glia”). Each of these on average connects to thousands of others, which means that the number of such inter-connections is measured in the many quadrillions (1 quadrillion = 1,000 trillion, 1 trillion = 1,000 billion).
The topic of attractor landscapes is thus highly relevant to neuroscience, as well as connecting to the new ideas about psychotherapy set out in The Process of Psychotherapy: Causation and Chance.
A 5 minute interactive introduction to attractor landscapes is given here, created by Nick Case.