The world ain’t linear! And, psychology most definitely isn’t, yet we insist on the static, and the linear and… Well. It is easier. (Anybody whispered something about keys and lamp-lights?)
And, today, a bit of a conflagration of non-linear resources.
First, Bradley Voytek’s blog on non-linear dynamics.
Then Fred Hasselman linked in this e-book in Frontiers on Fractal Analysis. May be worth the 10 euro. (Incidentally, I really like Fred’s Blog, A structural realist’s guide to the universe and I think you should too).
The Santa Fe Institute’s first MOOC on complexity also just finished (I signed up, but, heck, as a full-time lecturer, no possibility to actually partake. Of course, i don’t need the credits. I just want the knowledge. I’ll see if I can review the videos this summer, she said optimistically)
I’ve also been reading some Anne Fausto-Sterling on the emergence of gender (sexing the baby pt 1 and 2 in that link of her pubs, but others will work too). She takes a dynamical systems view of how gender emerges from interaction of biology and environment (and it really is a systems view, so I kind of cringe now when I write biology and environment as separates).
And, of course, finally looking through Thelen & Smith’s “A dynamic systems approach to the development of cognition and action”
I’m more interested in the dynamics of emotion, on which there is a little tiny bit, but which is really needed much more. (But, I have some papers to read this summer, once I’ve done some writing).
For that, here’s a Lorenz attractor!