Celestial Brain

"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 cosmos.

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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