Truth, Knowledge, and Belief: An Exploration in Colosseum Posted 2 hours ago · Report reply Hello Disillusioned. Apologies for leaving things hanging for so long. But there's been an interesting development that's prompted me to refocus. The August issue of Scientific American has an article that seems relevant to the topic of emergence. During the hiatus I have been considering your words, particularly in the context of the Big Bang and how complexity emerged from what seems to be a very simple 'event'. I know you'll be familiar with the notion of the unification of the four fundamental forces as we move from lower to higher energies. That process is inferred to have happened in reverse in the very earliest moments of the universe's evolution. So, from a very simple, single, unified super-force, the other four are assumed to have merged by the mechanism of symmetry-breaking and phase transitions. That is, the complex emerging from the simple. I have more to say about this and to ask you your thoughts about what I'm going to refer to as 'potentiality'. I use that word at the moment to describe some unformed thinking of mine. Was the complexity we see around us today somehow 'hidden' in the initial simplicity of the Big Bang?' Putting it another way, was the potential for complexity always there in the initial simplicity? So that what was hidden has emerged over time? I'm mulling this over. More to come. Thank you. Walter.