Nature loves Patterns

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Nature loves patterns.

Nature loves patterns in numbers. The Golden Spiral in the twist of a hurricane; the Equiangular curl of a nautilus; the logarithmic spiral of a galaxy. Even many flowers grow seeds and leaves in the Fibonacci sequence. These irrational numbers produce what, to consciousness, is the most profoundly rational sequence of all.

Nature loves it when an atom has eight valence electrons. Atoms “prefer” the octet rule. We say that the atom “wants” to have eight electrons in its outer shell, that it makes them “happy,” so they “try” to keep to this rule. It makes them “noble.” Taoist cosmology used this paradigm long before western scientists knew how atoms behaved, or even what atoms were. It's called the “bagua,” or “eight symbols” of yin and yang. Positive and negative. Like atoms. The words are just different vocabulary, an ancient way to qualify the quantum heart.

Nature loves patterns in behavior: Emergence. Order from random. Patterns out of interactions. The symmetry of snowflakes. The coherence of schools of fish, or the self-organizing, collective behavior of flocks of birds, swarming as one.

Nature loves the pattern of seasons, from the moon moving around the earth, earth around the sun, our tiny solar system in the arms of our spiral galaxy, to the expanding of the universe from the big bang – and the possible contracting of the universe back to its original state. The Big Crunch.

Carl Sagan said, “We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” When we say “Nature loves patterns,” what we're really saying is, “We are the universe, observing patterns in itself.”


Created: Feb 21, 2014


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