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To the extent that the flow of knowledge is becoming a non-mechanical reality, the universe appears increasingly as something imagined rather than as a large machine comparable with the non-spatial and non-temporal expansion of our mind. After having discovered the void to be a highly energetic interaction of virtual particles, science is exploring the imaginary and the immaterial, e.g., the additional dimension given through imaginary numbers in fractals or the psi-field of an immaterial "medium" in which particle waves move, or Maxwell’s imaginary demon. It seems as if the age of materialism is giving way to an age of chaos. A love of order gone awry can be illustrated in our civilization on the basis of entropy laws: the destruction of biological networks crucial for survival, environmental pollution, etc. result from man’s ordering interventions. This shows ever more clearly the consequences of a one-sided picture of the world.