An in-progress list of thoughts borrowed for the Chaos Map in alphabetical order:
- Christopher Alexander’s concept of a pattern language has helped me better articulate the component parts and fractal nature of the Chaos Map as well as develop my thinking on conceptual patterns in general.
- My family who puts up with an endless amount of chaos map talk.
- René Girard’s expansion of the idea of “mimetic desire” has helped develop my understanding of the “relational world” patterns.
- Clare Graves' integral theory model of social evolution has helped me trace out the vertical cycle of evolution between the relational and conceptual worlds.
- My twin, Mark Johnson, who’s half of my brain and with whom I’ve discussed and argued about virtually every aspect of the Chaos Map.
- Carl Jung’s insights into personality – especially cognitive functions. For instance, a “F” gravities towards relational patterns while a “T” type conceptual.
- Brendan Langen, who's been a great conversation partner.
- Research into personality models of all kinds – Big 5, Enneagram, Myers Briggs, etc.- are all interesting lenses to map.
- My team at Pathwright is the most significant source of motivation, feedback, and ideas for applying the Chaos Map to collaborative creative work.
- Jordan Peterson’s synthesis of mythology, religion, psychology, evolutionary biology, and philosophy in Maps of Meaning introduced me to the concept of chaos and order and to many of the other sources listed here.
- Ben Somekh, another great conversation partner.
- Baruch Spinoza's application of Euclid's Geometry's format to philosophy influenced the format for the Guide to the Chaos Map.
Tools used to create the Chaos Map: Roam Research, IA Writer, Grammarly, Procreate, Webflow.