So many of our scientific theories suggest that, from singularity or homogeneity, everything grows more and more complex. I say 'so many' here because I'm not speaking only about cosmology (and literal singularities) but also fields such as biology, psychology, AI/computer sciences, sociology, and so on. I hazy comparison, but there seems to be some common sentiment among researchers which could draw together and converge in physics itself.
From heavier and heavier elements to stars and planets, to self-replicating cells, to multicellular organisms, to abstract pattern-seeking, intelligent, social, linguistic organisms, and so on . . . . I seem to see this pattern (lol) emerging in many arenas of human thought.
Somehow, this supposedly closed system (the universe) separates itself into many disparate pockets, inside of which matter and energy converge, and complexity emerges. Complexity in this case, perceived through a lens of human value, might be considered elegant or 'beautiful,' which would be another dimension to existence previously unactualized.
Yet at the same time, entropy is running its inevitable course, guiding us supposedly towards the heat death of the universe. As an entire system, we can't possibly envision that it could tend infinitely (or unsupported) towards complexity. Yet it did so already, at the Big Bang?? Or am I missing something?
Reductionism, deconstructionism, rationalism have led us here––and have been extremely useful in doing so. But could we be missing something fundamentally emergent or transcendental about reality? Something that must actually be quantified and integrated into our scientific models?
I know there are some who propose that the universe tends towards complexity, even self-aware complexity. They suggest that there are dimensions to reality which are being generated as we interface with perception, phenomenon, conscious experience, and so on. The 'illusion' isn't so much an illusion as it is an entirely new dimension to existence.
What do you guys think? Any papers to recommend? Is this a better question for the physics forum?
EDIT: I thought I should better clarify some things. I was a bit ambiguous, and was trying to tie multiple unfinished ideas together which several commentors helped point out. I suppose I'm looking for a place to begin researching when it comes to fitting pre-singularity ideas (consciousness, information, fractals) into our conception of entropy, thermodynamics, and so on.
I'm also wondering how these things might tie in to arenas of phenomenology, aesthetics, anti-realism, and so on.
I'm seeing several suggestions that complexity doesn't exist outside of subjective perception. I think that would require some serious philosophical argument to establish. I suppose we should distinguish here between order and complexity––order being a state of complexity which aligns with some subjective value, and complexity being simply a state of relative low entropy.
I didn't make that clear in my initial phrasing, instead seeming to draw a misleading distinction between 'elegance' and complexity.