In the relative isolation of Penglai, new ideas emerged. One of the most important was neo-Taoism, the synthesis of Taoism, the synergetics of Buckminster Fuller and complexity theory. It was developed by a researcher-artist named Yuan Guen and his students, and emerged to become an important influence in Penglaiese society, art and technology. While some offshoots resisted the Penglai Colonial Authority (PCA, later “The Authority” or Quan Wei) terraforming and megascale engineering projects, the mainstream neo-Taoists embraced them wholeheartedly, developing better ways of using a minimal amount of matter and energy to change the planet.
Neotaoists see reality as a complex system of systems, interlocking processes that create new forms according to certain emergent rules. These processes can be described using complexity theory and synergetics, but their applicability was universal, not just to physics and biology but also to ethics, society, design and engineering. The philosophy that emerged had many similarities with classical taoist thinking in emphasizing self-organization and creating harmony, but it also had views on how to engineer it; it was in many ways a form of constructivist Taoism: the world is perfect in itself, but it can be perfected further.
Benefit: Neo-Taoism profession - functions as both Religion (Neo-Taoism) and either one focus of Engineering or Computer Programming at level 2. The technical focus of Neo-Taoism must be chosen at character creation. It can be improved as a normal profession.
Core Value: Neo-Taoism — believes that reality is a complex system of systems, interlocking processes that create new forms according to certain emergent rules.