The Fractal State of Humanity & the "hidden forces" at work: FOR you & against you
“To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour”
~ William Blake ~
Seeing fractals in very different ways:
· Fractals in nature
· Fractals in people
· Fractal State of Humanity
· Forces: For us & Against us
In the spirit of alliteration: What the frick are fractals and why are they so relevant?
First a brief explanation of the more obvious & natural: fractals in nature & then we move to the not so obvious & supernatural: hidden-unseen-invisible realm of fractals … which is the destination of this writing.
The term “fractal” was coined by the brilliant mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot in 1975. He is best known for his discovery in mathematics of the “Mandelbrot Set” which can be programmed into basic lines of code that create an infinite stream of changing, self-similar patterns. In his seminal work The Fractal Geometry of Nature, he defines a fractal as “a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is … at least approximately … a reduced-size copy of the whole.”
Fractals are “Bio-mimicry” in action … that should inspire awe and wonder
Fractals in nature
Math + Nature = Beauty!!!
A forest is the perfect example for fractals are found at every level of the forest ecosystem from seeds and pine cones, to branches and leaves …to the self-similar replication of ferns, and plants & trees. Trees are natural fractals, patterns that repeat smaller and smaller copies of themselves to create the biodiversity of a forest. Each tree branch, from the trunk to the tips, is a copy of the one that came before it.
Gardens are another place to explore the fractal nature of growth … to observe the self-replicating patterns of how plants & flowers bloom to attract bees & other creatures.
Once you know what to look for… you can see them everywhere in nature:
But there’s more to fractals than meets the eye:
“Humans are living breathing fractals” ~Ben Weiss
Fractals found in the human body: lungs, circulatory system, the kidneys, the liver, the pancreas are all organs constructed along self-similar fractal rules. So too is the most remarkable of all the fractals we know on the planet … the human brain.
Ben Weiss reasons in the following: “It could be the brain is not a fractal but the mind is”
Fractals: a world in a grain of sand | Ben Weiss
Ben's Fractal App “FRAX” www.fract.al
And now to shift to the main point of this writing:
“The Fractal State of Humanity” and the “Forces” for you and against you
from Latin means “broken”
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There’s a crack in everything
That how the light gets in
~ Leonard Cohen from the song