The Imaginary Foundation says "To Understand Is To Perceive Patterns"...
Albert-László Barabási, 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.
'For decades, we assumed that the components of such complex systems as the cell, the society, or the Internet are randomly wired together.
Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, writes about recurring patterns and networks:
“Coral reefs are sometimes called “the cities of the sea”, and 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”
“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, from The Santa Fe Institute,
"...Network systems can sustain life at all scales, whether intracellularly or within you and me or in ecosystems or within a city.... If you have a million citizens in a city or if you have 1014 cells in your body, they have to be networked together in some optimal way for that system to function, to adapt, to grow, to mitigate, and to be long term resilient."
Author Paul Stammetts writes about The Mycelial Archetype: He compares the mushroom mycelium with the overlapping information-sharing systems that comprise the Internet, with the networked neurons in the brain, and with a computer model of dark matter in the universe.
"Adrian Bejan takes the recurring patterns in nature—trees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning bolts—and reveals how a single principle of physics, the Constructal Law, accounts for the evolution of these and all other designs in our world.
Everything—from biological life to inanimate systems—generates shape and structure and evolves in a sequence of ever-improving designs in order to facilitate flow. River basins, cardiovascular systems, and bolts of lightning are very efficient flow systems to move a current—of water, blood, or electricity.
Geoffrey WEST on The sameness of organisms, cities, and corporations:
Stephen Johnson’s LONG VIEW
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Ever wonder what would happen if a deadly virus was released in your city? It has on the cold streets of Denver, CO as 2MX2 and Emergency Room collab for their 1st video. Scientists (2MX2 and DMD) set out to find a cure for the virus. During Day 3 everything breaks loose while collecting samples for the vaccine, the three find themselves fending for their lives from those they are trying to save. The streets become overrun by malicious thugs, apocalyptic preachers and death walkers. Who will survive?
This is the talk of Thay, offered during the day of mindfulness in European Institute of Applied Buddhism, Germany, on Sunday, August 26th, 2012.
10:00 Mindfulness of breathing 24:00 Alive in the Kingdom of God 29:30 Listen to the sound of the bell 30:00 Mindfulness of listening 36:00 The here and the now is the address of our true home 39:00 I listen, I listen 47:00 Sound of the bell 54:00 Walking meditation 01:01:00 To be alive is the greatest miracle 01:07:00 Eating meditation 01:15:10 Explanation of the Chanting of Namo Avalokiteshvara 01:20:00 Chanting 01:57:34 The end of chanting 02:01:00 Guided sitting meditation 02:09:00 Mindfulness movement 02:15:00 Our relationship 02:20:00 Relax our body and handling our emotion 02:29:00 Loving speech and deep listening
In part 2 of our Off the Record series with 18-year-old phenom producer Young Chop, he describes how the viral hit "I Don't Like" came about - detailing how the chorus, verses and beat came together quickly during a recording session. In addition, Chop reveals insight into the remix of the Chief Keef track that features Kanye West, Pusha T, Jadakiss and Big Sean. Not the type of person to rest on his laurels, Chops remains as focused as ever - knowing that longevity in hip-hop is what separates overnight successes from those with ultimate staying power.