Patterns Are the Mirrors of Future
Those who think too much of the past have no time to think of the future.
What is gone is gone.
Forget about the past and enjoy the present.
Are the above statements correct? Or, do we need to challenge them? If we think within patterns inherited from the past that extend into the future is forgetting about the past a wise thing to do?
Nature has many patterns. Look at sand waves in sand ripples, waves in water, spirals in fossils and cauliflower, in minerals, ring patterns in trees, patterns in snowflakes, stripes on animals as they all indicate natures' tendency to "think" in patterns. DNA has repeating patterns as well. There are repeating patterns in the elements periodic table. These patterns explain the properties of the elements and the way in which elements and compounds behave when they react with each other. Patterns allow us to predict the future. The periodic table allowed us to predict magnesium years before it was discovered.
You may enjoy this super video on patterns in complex systems:
The mystery of repeating stripe patterns on some animals such as giraffe has been resolved recently. And the findings are awfully interesting as they reveal some very interesting findings. Animal Shapes and Skin Pigment Patterns are made by a Wave. Yes, it is waves that create sand ripple are responsible for making the animal stripes. If two chemical substances expand while reacting with each other, differences in their concentration may make waves. Pigments are responsible for the formation of stripes. Interestingly, when a striped grows, the number of stripes increases, but the spacing between the stripes remains the same. A line splits into two and opens little by little as a zipper does. Sugars in human bodies show a zipper-like behavior as well.
Human behaviors in the stock markets and in mountaineering show wave-like behavior. I have shown this to be the case in my presentation Emotions in Actions. Do humans form waves similar to the waves that cause the formation stripes of animals? When ideas are viewed as interacting molecules so that if they expand while reacting with each other, differences in their concentration may make waves? Do we human have hidden stripes of thinking? New perspectives are emerging.
Patterns in nature may repeat in different forms. The repeating hexagons of ice crystals, the hexagonal patterns on a giraffe’s skin and molecular hexagons are typical examples. You may find very interesting images of hexagons in liquid crystals here. A very interesting new finding is that light and atoms arrange themselves to form striking hexagon and honeycomb patterns. Indeed, patterns are everywhere.
The crack pattern we see zebra skin are similar in shape to the cracks observed in basalt as it cools. Is this the reversal of two molecules reacting with expansion to form waves? Are the shrinking waves of cooling? More importantly, so these cracks help us in understanding societal cracks? Patterns and their repetition in different systems have a story to unfold.
I wonder if the molecules of past event would react with the present event to form the future. I wonder if time is like a human cell with a membrane allowing the concentrated past events to diffuse in our present and expand to form stripes of repeating patterns that dictate our behavior. The reality is pattern have their roots and extend from the past to the present and extend to the future. They affect us. Patterns are the strange attractor that we fall in. To forget the past means blindness to the foggy future. Our pasts are our finger like patterns. They may predict our behavior in the future. Human resources staff may study past behavior patterns to predict a candidate's future behavior.
Can we afford to forget the past and live in the present? I doubt it. Patters are our mirrors to the future.
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