"a morphogenesis, an inevitable unfolding"

In a note to this section, Anzaldúa relates her comments to the work of Nobel Prize-winning chemist Ilya Prigogine.  At the time Borderlands was being written, the serious study of chaos and complexity was just beginning, but today it is an important field of research--visit the website of the Santa Fe Institute for more information. 

This video of Prigogine discussing complexity resonates remarkably with Anzaldúa's ideas about cultural emergence.  And the graphic below from the U.S. National Science Foundation--which illustrates the multileveled complexity of organisms in their environments--illuminates the integration of human culture with the natural world.