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May 1, 2008

Instances of Fractal Evolution

Instances of Fractal Evolution

When couple of years ago (Nov 2006) I experienced author and biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton‘s 2-day presentation in his seminar produced by Spirit 2000 in San Francisco, I was totally blown away by the depth of insight I got into how my biology, my health, and how my health at the cellular level, is in my complete control through my beliefs (both conscious and subconscious). But one new thing Bruce added at the end of his presentation was his talk about how patterns of life and evolution are similar to patterns of fractal geometry. Dr. Lipton who has done decades of research on cellular biology, talks about this in detail in the article called Fractal Evolution he wrote and published on his site.

Fractal Geometry

Fractal ImageFractal geometry is derived by a recursive mathematical formulas, and incredible shapes were produced when computers were strong and fast enough to be able to execute these very computing-intensive formulas. This picture is an example of a fractal. What can be visibly seen if you click and download this very large high resolution image file, is that the patterns of the whole are repeated in the parts.

Concept of Fractal Evolution is that evolution follows a similar pattern, meaning “pattern of the whole is seen in the parts of the whole” quoting from Dr. Lipton’s article. For example cells of our body have same systems as our body as a whole (digestive system, reproduction system, etc. ). Or the “Humans are a fractal image of society, cells are a fractal image of the human”. Here in this post, I will not elaborate further about this concept and refer you to read that article for the enlightening details. But what I say here in the rest of this article, is about a few of the fascinating real instances of Fractal Evolution I’ve come to notice.

Digital Technology and Unified Field Theory

Dr. John Hagelin is one of the authorities in Unified Field Theory. One of his recent speeches that includedEinstein and Unified Field Theory information about Unified Field Theory was nicely captured in this article. To quote from the article: “theory locates a single, universal, unified field of nature’s intelligence at the basis of all forms and phenomena of the universe”. This reminds me of an aspect of quantum field theory called Zero-point field, the “lowest quantized energy level of a quantum mechanical system”.

Essentially what that means to me is that at the lowest level of physical reality, we and everything in the universe, all are made up of the same thing. Take our physical body for example. It is made up of organs, organs made up of live cells, our cells are made up of organic molecules, which in turn are made of atoms. Atoms are made of vacuum space, with very small particles mixed in, namely protons and electrons that move at speed of light. We can keep going and break down what these particles are made of, but at the end of the day, we arrive at the Zero-point energy field. Our body, at the deepest level of its physical existence, is pure information and energy.

Now take the Digital information technology that is now fully integrated into our lifestyles. Our cell phones, computers, Internet, digital TVs, PDAs, emails, Web sites, blogs, CDs, DVDs, on and on and on. Basically the entire human experience is now almost fully integrated with Digital technology, and continues to be, as more and more layers of complexity evolves one after another, all built upon Digital Technology. And if you take this digital world and zoom in deep, you’ll find at the core, it is made up of one single state of existence, which is a one bit of information that can only be either value 1 or 0. Essentially this very complex world of digital devices and system we have come to use and depend on for our daily lifestyle, is made up of most basic unit of information namely 1s and 0s.

For example take this blog you’re reading. Its a Web site, made out of HTML pages, made out of text, text is made out of ASCII codes, and ASCII codes are made of byes of information stored in memory or hard drive of some server, each byte of data has 8 bits, and each bit of stored information can hold a value of either 0 or 1. Another example is your digital LCD TV screen; The screen is shows a digital image made of single pixels, each pixel shows one of millions of possible colors, that color is coded by a number, that code stored in memory as bytes which in turn is made of bits of 0s and 1s.

The bit is the smallest unit of the information and energy in the digital world. Every level of digital information regardless of how complex it is (for example all the information you have in your iPhone or iPod), can shown to be a massive collection of simple bits organized in a particular way to create that higher level of digital information meaningful to the end user.

The pattern of evolution of the digital world matches the pattern of evolution the physical world, down to their very core level, a bit and Zero-point quantum field.

Evolution of the Web

Another instance of Fractal Evolution at work is the evolution pattern of the World Wide Web. Meaning the way evolution of the Web and Internet (in term of how it is integrated into the life of humanity) models after pattern of other much more advanced evolutions, such as evolution of human body.

Anatomy of a CellThe human body is comprised of 70 trillion to 100 trillion live cells. These many cells work together in harmony. Trillions of cells, all alive with their own scale of consciousness, cooperate and communicate in a community and with unimaginable synchronicity. As Dr. Deepak Chopra writes in his book Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desires in every moment of our life, there are literally millions of simultaneous synchronous functions performed by the body via its organs and cells. Our body is complex system with thousands of subsystems that are processing about 4 billion bits of information per second. This scale of instantaneous communication by the cells of our body is unfathomable and unimaginable. Chopra describes how this is a good example of existence of a “non-local” field of intelligence. This field does not have a time or space dimension. This field contains information and intelligence everywhere all the time and at the same time. Consciousness of the cells are from this non-local field of information. That is how such scale of cooperation and synchronization between 100 trillion living community cells can even be possible.

Early in evolution of life on Earth, living organisms were single-cell organisms. It took a while before cells got together to create multi-cell organism life . Then fast forward millions of years of growth and learning, and we now have trillions of cells living together in a community we call a human body. These cells have immense intelligence and knowledge of what to do and how to live together. Its an amazing system. Yet, through millions of years of evolution, cells figured out and learned how to come together and communicate to create something much grander than before. Basically now each one of our cells is part of a massive network of cells that form the body, with simultaneous synchronous connection and communication between many levels and layers of subsystems within our body.

Looking at how the Web is evolving, we can see a similar pattern of growth. Less than 20 years ago the technology of the Web was starting to function across the Internet network infrastructure. Servers would connect to the net and host Web sites of very simple and static content. As HTML gained more functionality, Web pages could have many options of formating, linking and presenting information, and the Web pages attracted more content and information. While the number of Website on the internet grew, the content and sophistication of those sites grew to a higher more usable level.

Similar to how life evolved with single cell live organisms growing in numbers and populating the Earth, the cyberspace grew by thousands and thousands of new static Web sites coming online over the course of the 1990s and early years of this century. Through B2B and B2C technology infrastructure coming to life, the Web sites started to connect with each other and become very functional in helping businesses and people grow their effectiveness in life.

Web 2.0 and Fractal Evolution Model of The WebNow that we are in the age of Web 2.0, we see a whole new layer of functionality has come to fruition on the Web. Now we have social networking on the Web. We have instantaneous access to information on the Web sites through Google’s powerful indexing and search capability. We have Wikipedia, BitTorrent, Flickr, blogging, tagging, participation, and many other features and functions that have evolved on the Web. The Web is no longer a large pool of static Web sites. The Web now has a life of its own and the original landscape of millions of Web sites in early incarnation of the Web, is now evolving into blogs and dynamic content that are linked together in infinite ways, to share information and create relevance and give significance to this massive amount of content.

Essentially, large communities are forming on the Web that have values and interests in common. These communities could be forming around sports, politics, health, society, on and on and on. These communities function like the multi-cell organisms that evolved on the planet, separately on their own and anthropologically specialize and grow more sophisticated in their functionality, seemingly randomly.Are we active participants in Earth\'s Evolution?

Just as Web is evolving from a single Website/content platform to a blog infrastructure platform, life evolved from a single cell platform to a multi-cell platform. Life has come a long way and now we have a 100 trillion cells form all types of organs and life systems working in the miraculous wonder of human body. Fractal Evolution can tell us we have a lots great discoveries to look forward to as the Web evolves further. The evolution of the Web in fact is a pattern within a pattern, a smaller pattern within the bigger pattern of human evolution. Human evolution seems it has a long ways to go in realm of human consciousness and thought. I think with help of the Web, human evolution can accelerate towards the era when billions of single cells we call a human mind, can come together and work in exquisite harmony to create another miraculous wonder, a highly evolved and illuminated planet Earth!!

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