Thursday, January 08, 2009
ERIC MAISEL post
An audience of scientists and lay people came to hear a cutting edge lecture on fractal geometry. The lecture was eye-opening and intriguing and the slide show included fantastic images of Mandelbrot sets, the British coastline, fractal EKGs, and other evidence for the idea that nature made great use of the “roughness” created by self-repeating formulae. More than that: the design of nature might be rooted in these formulae and fractal geometry might explain life. Many in the audience went away amazed; but one man did not move when the lecture ended. He was more than amazed: he sat there thinking. His field was the mind, that trickiest of all entities. How, he wondered, did fractal geometry relate to the workings of the mind? Suddenly a phase popped into his head: “the fractal geometry of consciousness.” Just like that, and with absolute certainty, he knew where he would be spending his remaining time and energy while residing on this earth.
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