Chaotic Awareness and Simulacra in the Recent Emergence of the Self-Organized Multitude

  • K. Gediz AkdenizEmail author
  • Nicholas Anastasopoulos
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


Order and the power of cosmos came to an end with the advent of chaos theory. Thus, the deconstruction of the dualities of modernity, as reflected in the cosmos-chaos and order-disorder binary dualities, are in effect. According to the Chaotic Awareness Simulation theory, the simulation of such deconstructions could lead to the emergence of non-predictable changes and transformations in responsive societies. Complex System principles provide us with a methodological tool in an effort to understand the multiple phenomena taking place recently in regard to certain movements. In this study, following a new anarchy definition and the Chaotic Awareness Simulation theory, recent mass protests are being examined in the simulation world and semantic differences are being investigated, with the Istanbul Gezipark protest being used as a case study.


Simulation theories in social science Simulacra Complex systems Emergence The Occupy movement The Arab Spring Gezipark uprising 


  1. 1.
    Açıkalın ŞN, Bölücek C (2014) Understanding Arab Spring with chaos theory—uprising or revolution. In: Banerjee S, Erçetin ŞŞ, Tekin A (eds) Chaos theory in politics. Springer, Netherlands, pp 29–47Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Akdeniz KG (2010) Disorder in complex human systems. Proceedings of the conference. In: Fritzsch H, Phua K (eds) Honor of Murray Gell-Mann’s 80th birthday quantum mechanics, elementary particles, quantum cosmology and complexity. World Scientific Publishing, Singapore/Hackensack, pp 630–637Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Akdeniz KG (2012) Is Arab Spring a complex utopia? In: Banerjee S, Erçetin ŞŞ, Tekin A (eds) Chaos theory in politics. Springer, NetherlandsGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Akdeniz KG (2013) New communitarianism movements and complex utopia? In: Banerjee S, Erçetin ŞŞ, Tekin A (eds) Chaos theory in politics. Springer, NetherlandsGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Akdeniz KG (2014) Chaotic awareness in Gezipark, chaos? In: Banerjee S, Erçetin ŞŞ, Tekin A (eds) Chaos theory in politics. Springer, NetherlandsGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Anastasopoulos N (2014) The rise of communitarianism and other alternative movements from the Athenian crises. In: Russell E, Gallardo P (eds) Yesterday’s tomorrows on utopia and dystopia. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon TyneGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Baudrillard J (1995) Simulacra and simulation, 1st edn. University of Michigan Press, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Eligüzel AH, Tangün YA (2014) An essay about the association of anarchist islands and complexity science. Paper presented in I. Philosophy students conference, 3–4 May 2014, METU, Ankara, TurkeyGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Espinosa A, Jon W (2011) A complexity approach to sustainability: theory and application. Imperial College Press, London/HackensackCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Göle N (2013) Gezi – anatomy of a public square movement. Insight Turkey 15(3):7–14Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Graeber D (2012) The democracy project: a history, a crisis, a movement. Allen Lane/Penguin, London/New YorkGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Gutierrez B (2014) Around the world in 843 protests: living the most revolutionary times in history. Nation of change. Accessed 20 Apr 2014
  13. 13.
    Hardt M, Antonio N (2005) Multitude: war and democracy in the age of empire. Penguin, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Miller P (2010) The smart swarm: how understanding flocks, schools, and colonies can make us better at communicating, decision making, and getting things done. Avery, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Sawyer RK (2005) Social emergence: societies as complex systems. Cambridge University Press, New YorkCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    Žižek S (2012) Remarks on occupy Wall Street. In: Francois Roche (ed) Any corp, Log. No. 25, pp 118–120 (Summer 2012)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsIstanbul UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.School of ArchitectureNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece

Personalised recommendations