Systems Science and The Reality of "Spiritual Agency"
New Science of Purposeful Systems
From forest ecologies to cities, corporations, and families, feedback networks have been shown to purposefully self-organize and adapt these systems to sustain them. There is now scientific evidence for how this network activity constitutes agency which animates and orders the world--in ways we cannot control. It also shows how our ignorance of it is causing us to destroy the biosphere.
New Naturalistic Spirituality
To be truly scientific, we must now learn to perceive these networks as 'autonomous actors' which interact like living creatures to create and animate the biosphere. As such, the self-directing operations of these networks makes them 'spiritual agents.' We are, thereby, confronted by a self-animating world and a fact-based naturalistic spirituality.
New Sacred Reality
In the sense that "sacredness" derives from "willful agency" which is beyond full explanation, this science establishes an empirical basis for a sacred world-view. One scientist has termed this "the reinvention of the sacred." In re-establishing human awareness of purposefully creative agency in Nature that is beyond human control--and must thereby be respected--the science can also be seen as "the return of the sacred."