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TO UNDERSTAND IS TO PERCEIVE PATTERNS

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Uploaded on Dec 25, 2011

Ecstatic Illumination expressed as a non-commercial mashup for educational purposes only. Where as once we were blind, now we can see. This is a PSA to infect you with AWE. Let it resonate.

Special thanks to filmmaker/photographer Rob Whitworth for allowing a clip from his video (https://vimeo.com/32958521) to be featured.
Check out his website: www.robwhitworth.co.uk

Mashup By @jason_silva and @notthisbody - Follow us on Twitter!

Featuring "Welcome To Lunar Industries" by Clint Mansell. Buy it on iTunes!

INSPIRATION:

The Imaginary Foundation says "To Understand Is To Perceive Patterns"...

Albert-László Barabási, author of LINKED, wants you to think about NETWORKS:

"Networks are everywhere. The brain is a network of nerve cells connected by axons, and cells themselves are networks of molecules connected by biochemical reactions. Societies, too, are networks of people linked by friendships, familial relationships and professional ties. On a larger scale, food webs and ecosystems can be represented as networks of species. And networks pervade technology: the Internet, power grids and transportation systems are but a few examples. Even the language we are using to convey these thoughts to you is a network, made up of words connected by syntactic relationships."

'For decades, we assumed that the components of such complex systems as the cell, the society, or the Internet are randomly wired together. In the past decade, an avalanche of research has shown that many real networks, independent of their age, function, and scope, converge to similar architectures, a universality that allowed researchers from different disciplines to embrace network theory as a common paradigm.'

Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, writes about recurring patterns and liquid networks:

"Coral reefs are sometimes called "the cities of the sea", and part of the argument is that we need to take the metaphor seriously: the reef ecosystem is so innovative because it shares some defining characteristics with actual cities. These patterns of innovation and creativity are fractal: they reappear in recognizable form as you zoom in and out, from molecule to neuron to pixel to sidewalk. Whether you're looking at original innovations of carbon-based life, or the explosion of news tools on the web, the same shapes keep turning up... when life gets creative, it has a tendency to gravitate toward certain recurring patterns, whether those patterns are self-organizing, or whether they are deliberately crafted by human agents"

Patrick Pittman from Dumbo Feather adds:

"Put simply: cities are like ant colonies are like software is like slime molds are like evolution is like disease is like sewage systems are like poetry is like the neural pathways in our brain. Everything is connected.

"...Johnson uses 'The Long Zoom' to define the way he looks at the world—if you concentrate on any one level, there are patterns that you miss. When you step back and simultaneously consider, say, the sentience of a slime mold, the cultural life of downtown Manhattan and the behavior of artificially intelligent computer code, new patterns emerge."

Geoffrey WEST on The sameness of organisms, cities, and corporations:
blog.ted.com/2011/07/26/qa-with-geoffrey­-west/

Stephen Johnson's LONG VIEW
nytimes.com/2006/10/08/magazine/08games.­html?pagewanted=all
dumbofeather.com/blog/post/on-slime-mold­s-and-sewage-steven-johnson-s-origin-of-­the-idea/
guardian.co.uk/science/2010/oct/19/steve­n-johnson-good-ideas?cat=science&type=ar­ticle


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