"As above, so below."
– Hermes Trismegistus

Nature rears her typically secretive multidimensional, holofractal infinite Self within plain sight as one the latest scientific discoveries revealed that the universe grows in the same way as a giant brain.

A team of scientists
from University of California San Diego recently published a study in Nature
Scientific Reports suggesting that the bioelectrical firings between brain
cells mirror the shape of expanding galaxies
. By developing a model
simulation of the universe shortly after the big bang, the team was able to
observe how quanta of space-time, units tinier than subatomic particles, networked
with one another as the universe expanded. They found that the simulation curiously
echoed the growth dynamics of a number of other systems found in life, both natural
and artificial, signifying that different types of systems might evolve
in the very same fashion.

From the interconnection of neurons within the brain,
mycelial networks in the forest, the mapping of human social webs, a bird’s eye
view of a major city layout, or a graphic representation of the Internet, the same outward expanding, intertwining
filamental structures
can be found throughout. John Stamet, a mycologist, has dubbed this reoccuring phenomenon as
various manifesations of the mycelial archetype inherent within the

Dmitri Kroukov, co-author of
the study, says that the uncanny parallels between networks great and small cannot
simply be chalked up to coincidence, further stating that, “for a physicist,
it's an immediate signal that there is some missing understanding of how nature
works.” As hinted by the study, scientists are now eager to find if there may lie a single fundamental law that accurately describes and predicts the behavior
of these natural systems.

With such exciting implications, this hidden law might just be the invisible binding force driving the illusive dance of order and disorder. Resonating with the enigmatic words of Carl Jung, “in all chaos
there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order,
” perhaps one day we’ll ultimately verify, via science, that everything’s truly imperfectly perfect after all.


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