I agree with the sentiments of getting back on track. At least we can all agree to that.
OP mentioned something that is a rather profound topic when people expand on it.
The interaction of chaos and order in a seemingly geometric or algorithmic relationship.
Now, for a while, naturally occurring patterns confounded me. I took quite some time to look into many of them, from biologically created patterns, to
simple crystalline structures.
It's rather difficult for me to re-regurgitate everything I learned and my final understanding of it all, but I can amalgamate allot of it onto one
It's like Jazz.
I know it sounds odd, but it's the best simple description I can come up with.
Nothing is guiding it, there's no "sheet music" but when everything interacts together and reacts to everything else, it tends to harmonize in a way
that I can only describe as mathematical Jazz.
In Jazz, there's no conductor. Nobody "wrote" the piece. Each musician works off what they hear from the others, and vice versa, resulting in a sway
from chaos to order to chaos to order, back and forth, as each musician does something unexpected and the rest then react to the new pattern and
re-harmonize and re-sync again.
The structure of Jazz is only there because of the reaction of the others, and that structure changes, without fore-planning, in a similar way nature
itself reacts to changes.
The apparent algorithms to me are like chordal patterns. Nothing per-defined them, they were just the ones that worked with the key and pattern that
the musician heard at the time.
Even evolution itself is like the musicians hearing a change, and changing with it.
But the part about nature that's weirder than Jazz is, there's nothing consciously thinking about the adaptations... it just adapts. Like one side of
an equation to another. With a few random variables thrown in.
I can personally comprehend the overall concept of how such an adaptive system came into being. It sort of makes a logical sense to me. Even the fact
that the universe exists naturally makes sense to me. But that's a different topic from evolution and adaptation.
... I wish I had time to sit down and explain it all. It really is remarkably beautiful how it all interacts.
And, at the same time, it all makes an incredibly simple sense once you see how it works.
The scary part is though,
I now realize how unforgivingly harsh and cold it all is.
There's nobody looking out for us, but us.
Future generations are the only thing that matters.
The point is the species and life itself.
Everything else is moot. You, and every individual is forfeit.
Like a dead skin cell. You're forfeit. The body is the only thing that matters.
You might stop playing. But the music continues.
Everything is Jazz.
edit on 6-9-2011 by johnsky because: parting comments