« Complex thought is a philosophical concept established by Henri Laborit at informal meetings of the « Group of Ten » and introduced by Edgar Morin. The first formulation of the complex thought date in 1982, with Edgar Morin’s book « Science with conscience ». This concept expresses a thought form that accepts the overlapping of every field of thought and transdisciplinarity. The term « complexity » is understood in its etymological sense « complexus » which means « what is woven together » in a tangle of interlacing (plexus). » (Wikipedia)
Our thinking is often simple, if not simplistic. We generally rely on partial and unverified information on which we base our opinion. We prefer to believe in simple truths rather than ask ourselves about the complex reality. We guess what we don’t know. The simplification of our relationship with the world has led to the establishment of dogma, whether religious or political.
Edgar Morin invites us to take a more relevant way of thinking, based on a scientific approach: provide hypotheses of solutions, build relationships, search criteria, rely on valid justifications, self-correct…
This process is not easy but it is our obligation to try.
- Edgar Morin – Introduction to Complex Thought – Ed. Le Seuil – 1990
- Edgar Morin – Science conscientiously – Ed. Fayard – 1982 (new revised edition, coll. Points, 1990)
- Edgar Morin – The seven knowledge necessary for the education of the future – Ed. Seuil – 1999 -> Available free on the UNESCO website