Tidiness is something that happens when you have frontal brain damage. You get very tidy. Tidiness is symptomatic of brain damage. Creativity, on the other hand, is symptomatic of a fairly whole brain, and is usually a disordered affair. The tolerance for disorder is one of the very few healthy signs in life. If you can tolerate disorder you are probably healthy. Creativity is seldom tidy.
Our modern hyper-tidiness.... and functional organization ..... are 2 different things. Same with natural systems.... Functional order in natural systems can look chaotic. But regimental tidyness... regimental visual order.... can be chaotic functionally.
LOL. That seems to be the general first reaction to Bill Mollison's statement. Please excuse my bit of fun. I know what he said sounds a bit rough..... but I had some things happen that brought it into clear focus. He is not advocating untidiness I don't think. That is functionally disorganised too! But this extreme need for us to regiment everything into straight lines and perfect "order"..... at the cost of synergy and creativity.... is a bit nuts in my view. I do not want to philosphize about this here... and start any kind of fire..... will probably do it to my heart's content on my blog instead. Just to comment that the hexagon in a natural bee-hive is not placed in perfectly regimented rows as encouraged to do in a farmed bee-hive. And a natural bee-hive is more functionally optimal than a farmed one. If interested I could send you to some stuff to read up on.
Not too sure about tidiness being related to brain damage. As there are plenty of people who are "tidy" or enjoy working with pattern that never suffered brain damage! Also, that comment relates only to human brains, and doesn't address all the other natural systems of the world. And where does honeycomb fit in? That's a regular hexagonal pattern ("tidy" if you will) that seems to function and produce quite well.
Glad it helped. Not surprised ... the concept was his in the first place.
I like the rest of Mollison's statement, along with your follow up. It does show me the difference between the two terms.
If interested I could send you to some stuff to read up on.
Always interested in recommended reading material. Whadaya got?