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The Droste effect

Quite some (scientific) articles compare the human brain to the Universe; in particular a 2020 ScienceAlert: Study Maps The Odd Structural Similarities Between The Human Brain And The Universe. Other comparisons may include: birth, growth, maturity, decline (a.k.a. entropy). Might the Universe – and everything else – mirror something called the Droste effect?

Wiki: “The Droste effect (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdrɔstə]), known in art as an example of mise en abyme, is the effect of a picture recursively appearing within itself, in a place where a similar picture would realistically be expected to appear, producing a loop which theoretically could go on forever, but realistically only goes on as far as the image’s resolution allows.”

A Droste effect is consistent with an observation in my blogs on complexity vs simplicity: the overall direction in Life, Nature and the Universe is increasing complexity. Complexity would result into chaos without a balance. This stable balance is provided by using standardized (“simple”) building blocks (eg, arms, head, legs, spine). This process is called convergent evolution. Also see my related blogs on that topic.

The Droste effect – and its consequences – might explain one of my most fundamental mysteries: why did so many ancient cultures study the Universe? From our contemporary point of view, their studies seem like a (total) waste of time and effort, especially given their lack of tools to do so (eg, computers, James Webb space telescope). Perhaps, the expected return of ancient cosmonauts was yet another reason (source, Wiki).

It just occurred to me that there might be a similarity with the micro vs macro focus in any perspective. The micro focus does not “see” that the macro focus is essentially similar though opposite – and vice versa. Only when you’re near the middle, you can appreciate (“love”) both viewpoints. Perhaps, this example also shows the application of the Love, Knowledge & Power triangle.

Another example of this Droste effect is astrology (eg, my blogs). How is it even possible that (astronomical / astrological) constellations can predict who we are? In many cases, the combination of the Chinese and the Western zodiac describes our character for about 75% – 95% (eg, my Chinese-Western horoscope). Its reliability is high(er) given the mathematics: (12 years x 5 phases x 12 months) = 1 in 720 years.

“Life is about perspective and how you look at something… ultimately, you have to zoom out.” A quote by Whitney Wolfe Herd, an American entrepreneur and founder/CEO of Bumble (online dating)

Zoom (1982) by Fat Larry’s Band
artists, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2

Zoom, you chased the day away
High noon, the moon and stars came out to play

Note: all markings (bold, italic, underlining) by LO unless stated otherwise.


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