This entry follows on from my earlier blogs on equilibrium, particularly from the shape being set at or around iteration 7.
|Fractal development: Koch snowflake and equilibrium at iteration 7|
Could it be that this is how our minds recognise – and know – objects or shapes? If the universe is full of repeating patterns, then to know something, all we need is a collection patterns; we don't need any detail at all. This can be demonstrated (below) by Koch snowflake development: as the snowflake develops, the 'stickman' develops; at some point – around 7 plus or minus 2 iterations – the shape is known, the stickman is defined. At iteration one, we know nothing.
In the above diagram we see the fractal development of a humanly figure. At iteration 1 the shape is not known; by iteration 5 we know it is a recognisable humanly shape - but nothing else.
The mind doesn't need take in all the information we see – that is too costly: it only needs shapes or objects: to know more, we can 'zoom in' to get more detail.
More to come.