Monday, May 21, 2007


Have you been perturbated?

Perturbation? What's that?

In our Revisit the Money & You principles, our group discussed this behavioral pattern in nature. It was recognised by Prigogine in his observations. The behavioral pattern, this process was then conceptualized and named "perturbation". It was derived from Illya Prigogine's research and discovery of energy systems. It was called "Theory of Dissipative Structure". This is a process in which change, or rather transformation can occur in energy systems.

In nature there are open systems and closed systems. And all are energy systems. Open systems are predominantly animate systems which inter-exchange energy with their environment, like human beings. Closed systems are relatively inert inanimate systems like rocks which do not inter-exchange energy with their environment.

When systems absorb energy they can become unstable, as more and more energy is loaded into the system, they become so unstable that transformation take place. This is the perturbation process which people go through in life, when real change, transformation occur.

Examples? When water is brought to its boiling point, it is transformed to steam.

When your mind is stretched, loaded with real learning, by self, transformation occurs. You experience and see things differently. You are transformed.

When you experience major crisis in your life, transformation occurs.

In the world of work, technology creeps up on us quietly, catches us
off-guard, obsoletes our job.....we have to change....otherwise... we're obsoleted ourselves...

Terminology to describe this are "continuous change" and "discontinuous change." Continuous change is predictable change. Discontinuous change is unpredictable change.

Seems like this process is irreversible.
Yup, once one is transformed one can't go back to the before.

You're Perturbated?
May be a good thing. Afterall nature, the Universe is always transforming........

1 comment:

Kampung Girl said...

Perturbation. Been a long time since I thought about this. Thanks for the reminder.