)in which a chemist joins the debates about the
world outsidethe narrow professional setting. It aims at
evolving complexsystems (ECS- or X-systems: life, mind, society, culture, economy, language,ideology, etc.). Understanding requires transfer of information in a
shared with the receptor. The language must include terms for most
of action and change regardless of particularities of the system. Anattempt to create highly abstract
for such patterns was made by RenéThom. The problem is discussed here from the point of view of transition state ingeneralized chemistry. The focus of interest is the origin of the stubborn growthof complexity typical for X-systems. An aggregation through multiple weak bonds is a possible general pattern of complexification. The alternative toalgorithmic complexity
applies not to configurations but totheir harboring configuration space. Pattern complexity grows when the spaceexpands. Examples and toy models (ditalini pasta, “brushmobile,” rusty bolt,zipper, “wealth pump,” bow tie, and others) are used as illustrations. Patternunderstanding of history is discussed.
: Pattern Theory, Ulf Grenander, René Thom, Hannah Arendt, Gregory Chaitin,Stephen Wolfram, Leonard Talmy, complexity, transition state, evolving complex systems, theoryof history, cliology, understanding, X-systems, stability, lability, generalized chemistry, multipleweak bonds, origin of life, origin of society, origin of life, aggregation, cognitive semantics,ideogram, iconic graph, metaphor, bow-tie structure.