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This is old-school analog light herding. No computers were used (or injured) in the creation of these images. This sequence was created with a mock-up of the Feedback Machine. This mock-up used a standard definition camera and monitor.

The Video Feedback Machine allows the Operator to create a small universe in a plexi-glass box.   

The plexi-glass box contains a small HD camera and HD monitor that displays what the camera sees.  This creates a video feedback loop.

You may have seen video feedback as wild spinning colors in '70s Hendrix videos.  But when the feedback is tightly controlled, as with the Feedback Machine, it can be quite sophisticated and intricate, creating beautiful morphing organic shapes found in nature.

This amount of control comes from the camera's ability to move smoothly in relation to the monitor.  The Operator sits in the chair and uses something much like a yoke on an airplane to very smoothly move the camera forward, backwards, and 360 degrees around its axis. Small changes in degrees of rotation and distance create amazing changes in the feedback image.

On this yoke are four control dials: Brightness, Contrast, Color saturation and Tint.  These affect the monitor in the plexi-glass box and allow even more control over the created image.

The image being created on the monitor in the plexi-glass box is mirrored on the large HD monitor, which is what the Operator (and others in the room) will be viewing.

I say this creates a small "universe" because the world we live in is a complex feedback loop.  All biological functions operate on a feedback loop and it is no wonder that the images created using video feedback are so organic looking.

Ecosystems, geological systems and social systems all
operate on feedback loops, and they operate according
to the inherent rules of that system.  

With the Feedback Machine, these rules, or laws of the universe, are the camera's angle, distance from the monitor and control dial positions.

But where does the image come from you might be thinking, and why does it actually exist?  It comes from itself, and exists only because it exists. Something worth pondering.

To me this must be what the brain is like. What I mean is,
if some scientists, say from another planet, came in to the
room where the feedback was being created, and tried to derive where it came from, they'd be at a loss. If they dissected the apparatus, the monitor, the camera, the wires, they'd find no clue to the origin of the pattern they saw on the screen. 

This is like opening up the brain, poking around, and trying to find the mind or soul. These things grow through iterations, through cycles that start small and flourish, and can't be seen once they are gone (or the screen has gone blank).

Imagine a dark room where the camera is looking at a  dark screen. It will stay dark this way forever (no life, no soul) until a "spark of life" (say the lighting of a match) brings forth an image, which will then perpetuate itself on and on. But, then imagine something blocking the camera's view of the screen, just for an instant. All of a sudden, the image goes out (death), never to return exactly as it was. To me, this is what the mind is, just a complex pattern.

So the question of "where do you go when you die" is as meaningless as the question "where does the snowflake pattern go when the snowflake melts?"

To complete the analogy, the Universe is the monitor, matter and energy are the image, and God is the camera, the all seeing eye in the sky. Or something like that.

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