Let me take you for a tour in my laboratory, which happens to be located in the recesses of a confused mind. If you feel nausea anytime, please step aside, take a few deep breaths and continue the tour. We’ll wait. In any case, I blame David Yerle for waking up this monster that was sleeping quietly at my feet. In fairness, I brought it on myself with yesterdays post.
Immediately past the entrance there is a door marked “quiet”. This is where I meditate. I find that I get most of my thinking done when I’m not thinking. Creativity is most fertile in the emptiest of spaces and it fears nothing more than concentration, work and activity. So, when I’m very busy, I go here and put my legs up.
Don’t look through the door on the right as it’s a huge and embarrassing mess. There is some unfinished mathematics on the work bench. Every time I look at it, it stares back at me with these big puppy eyes. A diffusion equation is lying on its back. I promised to invert to so that it could rebuild life, rather than decay it but as soon as I started to take it apart, I got lost. What a mess!
In the corner is a bin full of equal signs. The equations I ripped them out of, roll their eyes every time I look. ‘Happy now?’, they glare at me. They are completely paralysed without the equal sign so I’m not scared, just a bit concerned.
On a shelf there is also a cornucopia. It served as a model for the infinite source that has created all there is. Oddly enough, it seems to protrude from another space and although it can’t be otherwise, my sceptical brain doesn’t quite buy it. Deepak Chopra said he was interested but he’s not getting it.
Let me just open the window of this room, it needs a bit of fresh air. There, that’s better. Let’s move on to the big room at the end of the corridor. “Genetic Fractals’’ it says.
We’ll skip the introductions. Mandelbrot, fractal ferns, trees, you’ve seen this and I know you have better things to do than to look at stuff you can find on Google image. Here are a bunch of genetic fractals. Feel free to touch, that’s what it’s for, you quickly get the idea.
I have to admit that these genetic fractals started life in the mathematics lab we saw earlier. The idea is to grow complex and useful structures from a simple genetic code. The examples here are of an engineered nature. They are not all very useful but with a bit of effort they can evolve to something useful like the chairs or the windows and they are all grown from a simple genetic code.
But genetic fractals are not just objects, they are everywhere. They are in van Gogh’s paintings and other works of genius. Here is some fractal prose.
He is in love
A man in a pair of worn trousers considered his options as he experienced a deep longing for the librarian at the university.
He was at least ten years older and judging by the state of his jeans, it wasn’t obvious that his feelings for the quiet girl at the library counter would be reciprocated. “Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?” he sighed, quoting from Shakespeare.
This is normally where nausea sets in, so let’s catch our breath for a moment. What’s that? Oh sure, no problem, we can stop the tour here.
I have no idea where genetic fractals will take me. As evidenced by nature and the universe, all that is around us is a fractal branch on the tree of causality that started nearly 14 billion years ago. Everywhere we look, patterns emerge and re-emerge and repeat themselves ad infinitum.
Sometimes I’m interested in the fundamental mechanism of genetic fractals in my pursuit to understand what is behind all of this. Other times, I’m just having fun following this path to see where this takes me, like a walk in an undiscovered forest. Will there be a lake for skinny dipping or will I stumble into a jagged rock face?
Who knows. I’m sure of that.