Theofiction

Theofiction is a term I coined back in 2008 for the book How Things Emerge. At that time I only had a vague idea about what I really meant with theofiction. Since the book mixed theory and fiction I thought that the term really described the genre I was deeply in. Genre that connects memetic basis of science, theory and fiction. Since “science-fiction” occupy literature (fiction) only, that one I could not use.

After more than ten years and quite some thoughts devoted both to science and memetics it is clear that the term itself denotes something much wider that genre. It correctly unifies what used to be separated. Now we know that fiction as myth creation has same evolutionary role as science. Both have also similar relation to reality. Nether fiction not science reflect reality. Both are memetic features, one ancient and another one fairly recent and as such do not reflect but create reality.

Our predominant culture is still mechanistic. Although there are so many proofs that Universe can not be reduced to simple principles and that the clockwork metaphor for it is utterly wrong, it is obviously impossible not to comprehend the world as complicated and not complex. In a complicated world a science that reflects reality is possible and necessary. But neither evolution nor memetics can take part in complicated world. Evolution and memes emerge from complexities. But if complexities and emergencies are accepted, memetic nature of science come out of place. Science then becomes poetic as much as poetry.

I am sure that majority take such notion of science as anti-scientific, subjective and even religious. For the purpose of this blog I can only say, that I trust science, hate subjectivism in do not belong to any church. For better explanation you will have to wait until my next book is published.

Andrej Drapal