252 – As Everything in Nature, We are Reiterations of a Universal Blueprint …

There is nothing that empirically proves how profoundly interconnected we are with everything in Nature than a verified scientific theory, and the Mandelbrot Set does that for me.

The Mandelbrot Set is a set of complex numbers named in tribute to Benoit Mandelbrot, the mathematician who coined the word ‘fractals’ to describe the phenomenon of self-similarity in Nature: the reiteration of shapes that appear in ascending and descending scales when natural phenomena – like frost crystals, mountain ranges, interstellar clouds, blood vessels, waves, ferns, clouds, lightning bolts, cauliflowers – are fragmented into smaller or separate parts, not identical, but similar.

Mandelbrot solidified the study of this fragmentation with the striking visualizations of computer-generated programs, like the one shown in the link below, in which a recurring shape keeps reappearing at increasing magnifications.


The Mandelbrot Set is a beautiful insight into the recurrence of fragmentation in Nature. But what is even more beautiful about it is that fragmentation applies not only to physical structures but, most importantly, to the fundamental properties that give them existence: a universal blueprint to self-generate, self-organize, bond, self-regulate, adapt, self-perpetuate, transform. This universal blueprint is reiterated at ascending and descending scales of the structure, thus rendering each part a reiteration of the whole and the whole a reiteration of its parts.

But whether the fragmentation is of interstellar clouds, or blood vessels, or cauliflowers, it cannot be reiterated without a reciprocal form of communication between the whole and its parts and vice versa, akin to the way we communicate what we are to every cell in our bodies, and they, in unison, communicate it back to us.

The Mandelbrot Set proves how profoundly interconnected everything in Nature is. And I believe that once we accept this truth about our reality, we will be more rational and understanding in our relationship with the world that gives us the right to exist.

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