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Why are circles – or cycles – dominant?

People say that history has a habit of repeating itself – a.k.a. historic recurrence. The same phenomenon (ie, circles or cycles) is also found in astronomy, business & economy, cardiac, cells, climate, history, menstruation, sun, technology, and life itself. Why are circles – or cycles – so dominant?

This dominance of circles / cycles is as old as planet Earth itself: “At least 20 times in life’s history — and possibly several times as often — single-celled organisms have made the leap to multicellularity, evolving to make forms larger than those of their ancestors.” (Quanta-2021)

To me, it’s clear that circles or cycles or beyond the space-time dimension. Perhaps, the energy-matter dimension is more appropriate. Still, any dominance suggests a force (a.k.a. energy) and/or a (building) plan (eg, my blueprint blogs). The Why might be found in that direction.

In my view, these circles or cycles are the preferred tool in another phenomenon: the continued migration from simplicity to complexity (eg, from unicellular to multicellular life). Please see my blogs on the complexity bias and simplicity bias. Moreover, simplicity sustains complexity (eg, standardisation).

Quite possibly, complexity and simplicity are tools in the grand scheme of everything – or the blueprint of life, nature and the universe. After all, why would complexity be a purpose in and of itself??

The above translates in my diagram to the left.

The first analogy that comes to mind is a clock. In particular, the balance wheels inside that look like Olympic circles.

It just occurred to me that the still unknown origin of the wheel (eg, my blogs of 2019 and 2021, Wiki) might well be a visual representation of those circles / cycles in life.

Hence, I doubt it’s a coincidence that circles / cycles like astronomy, the calendar, geometry (eg, circles), and the wheel were invented by the Sumerian civilization. To me, it remains amazing that people have trouble believing in circles / cycles, but find it easy to believe in conspiracies.

“I have to see a thing a thousand times before I see it once.”

A quote from the 1940 novel You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938), an American novelist 

Mystery Repeats (2007) by Pete Philly & Perquisite
artists, lyrics, video, Wiki-artists, Wiki-album+song

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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