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Trip to UK & Ireland

I recently returned from a three-week exploration of England, Scotland and Ireland. It was gratifying to finally see some of the locations in my films in person and explore many others I haven’t yet covered in my work. My wife and son made the trip with me, and we three are still digesting the experience and feeling spaced out with jet lag.

We drove close to two thousand miles and I did all the driving. This was my first time driving from the right seat of the car down the left side of the carriageway and by the end it felt natural. However it took a while for me to retrain my reflexes so driving became autonomic. I kept wanting to get into the car on the wrong side in the parking lot and to follow the lane marker on the left (wrong). The process made me aware that driving is largely a subconscious activity.

I had to watch myself when I returned to Canada that I didn’t continue using my mirrored mental pathways. Sure enough, when I got in my car at the airport and drove off, my body/mind wanted to drive on the left and I had to fight it for a moment until the pathways flipped back. My driving experience reminds me of a less extreme version of the Backwards Brain Bicycle.

It was a bit frightening picking up a car in central London with everything reversed compared to what I was used to. Thank God the pedals aren’t also reversed or I would have been completely lost. I jumped right into the urban frying pan at rush hour and thankfully didn’t get burned.

I wish we had more roundabouts in North America. Roundabouts mean you usually don’t have to stop at intersections, just slow and time your entry right. How cool it that? I have collectively wasted years of my life at red lights in North America.

Larger traffic circles with multiple lanes require that you to pick the correct entry lane depending on which exit you plan to leave the circle. In the UK and Ireland, stay right if you want to leave the circle at the second or third exit. Some very large traffic circles have exits written on the ground in your lane—this makes conflict-free interchanging easy. Not sure where to exit? Just go around again.

How did we ever get around without smartphones? I sure remember using fold out paper maps—and Thomas Bros spiral bound maps to get around California—but it’s amazing how much GPS (read “location-based services”) has changed our lives in helpful, practical ways.

20th century map

20th century map

Google maps knows just when you will arrive, even with all the traffic—it is a bit spooky. Apple/Google/Big Brother tracks your every move and knows when and where you made it. Location based services are helpful and terrifying at the same time, putting any thinking person into a state of cognitive dissonance.

21st century map — from blog post by Elizabeth Flux

21st century map — from post by Elizabeth Flux

The same GPS data by which we are constantly tracked has enabled much of my work on Secrets In Plain Sight by providing us all with tools such as Google Earth that I have used to uncover accurate long distance patterns in a way that is impossible with paper maps. For example:

Giza is the golden location on the longest possible distance on land

Giza is the golden location on the longest possible distance on land

London is expensive. Partly it’s the fact that about 2 Canadian dollars = 1 pound Sterling. London was affordable only if I forgot to double the price of everything. We had 25 pounds in two old bills from 15 years ago that Temple Church wouldn’t accept as payment for entry, except they said the Bank of England would exchange it. I guess the “Mother of all Banks” is bound to accept legal tender no matter how old it is. I had the same problem with Lira in Italy in 1997 but couldn’t get into the bank in Rome because the revolving door was also a locking metal detector and my legs are made of titanium, but that’s another story.

So we went to the ground zero of fractional reserve banking in the City of London, the old financial capital of the world. A solicitor we met on the tube said that most all the banks moved to Canary Wharf about 10-15 years ago (clustered around One Canada Square). He was kind enough to walk us to St. Paul’s from the tube station where we got our bearings on the City.

I had to show my old currency to gain entry to the Bank. Trading in old bills was the only thing people seemed to be doing at the Bank of England—some Russians had piles of money they were upgrading. You have to return old money magic to the gnomes at its source who upgrade it into the current magic, the “currency.” I was amazed to discover that the pavement in the main lobby of the Bank of England is emblazoned with the following hermetic diagram of the human energy system.

Main lobby floor in Bank of England, City of London

Main lobby floor in Bank of England, City of London

At the friendly solicitor’s suggestion we had lunch in Leadenhall Market, which my wife discovered later was the Harry Potter film location for Diagon Alley.

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall is immediately adjacent to architect Richard Rogers’ famous inside-out Lloyd’s Building I remember from studying architecture at the University of California. Historic England says Lloyd’s is, “Universally recognised as one of the key buildings of the modern epoch.” I watched people going up and down in the glass elevator while eating a burrito in Diagon Alley. Interesting mythic/modern contrast, paralleling two of Jean Gebser’s structures of consciousness (he called them mythic and mental; Ken Wilber later rebranded them mythic and modern).

The Inside Out building

The Inside Out building

Here is what the Mother of all Banks at the top of the London street pyramid looks like from the outside. It’s quite the temple of money magic.

The mother of all banks

The mother of all banks

The base of the City’s street pyramid rests on the London Stone, the Umbilicus Londinium set in place by the Romans about 2 millennia ago.


The next day we went to Westminster Abbey, and by sheer luck we were there when the Queen was opening parliament with her speech / bizarre ritual. I managed to step in the Queen’s horse’s excrement (yes, that’s as close as one can get) while crossing Parliament Street because I was looking at all the soldiers with bayonets in front of the Cenotaph, wondering what the heck was going on. I was able to snap the above photo in 2 secs before a policewoman told me to move along. The sidewalks were packed with people.

Parliament Street looking towards Cenotaph

Parliament Street looking towards Cenotaph

The Sun shines right down Parliament Street at 11:11 am on 11/11 (Remembrance Day), matching the perspective in the above photo (see my Anthology p598). Thanks to Tina Silver for that discovery.

I stuck my hand through the Parliament’s gate and snapped this on my smartphone:

Eye and Benben

Eye and Benben

It was amazing standing at the base of Cleopatra’s needle, 3333.33 km from where it stood in Alexandria for 2 millennia. Deep planning indeed!

Scott Onstott at Cleopatra's Needle London

Scott Onstott at Cleopatra’s Needle London – photo by Jenn Nelson

This post is already getting long and I’ve only covered highlights of the first two days! Here are some of the major locations of my trip in pictures. There is a story about each one. Maybe I will integrate some of these in another book or video someday, but first I must get over jet lag and digest the rich experiences of this trip.

Temple Church London

Temple Church London

Paternoster Square

Paternoster Square

That’s the Shard on the right, tallest building in Europe right now.

View from the Millennium Bridge

View from the Millennium Bridge

The Shard is 66.66 nautical miles or 123454.321 meters from Silbury Hill, tallest prehistoric mound in Europe.

Silbury Hill

Silbury Hill


Stonehenge – photo by Jenn Nelson

Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor – photo by Jenn Nelson

Chalice Well

Chalice Well, Glastonbury

"The Avenue" of standing stones near Avebury

“The Avenue” of standing stones near Avebury


Avebury ring and its ancient standing stones

The Circus of Bath

The Georgian Circus of Bath

View from Edinburgh Castle

View from Edinburgh Castle

Rosslyn Chapel - from interview by Paul Troy

Rosslyn Chapel – photo from interview by Paul Troy

Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highlands – photo by Jenn Nelson

Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness


Pictish Sueno’s Stone near Findhorn, Scotland – photo by Jenn Nelson

Uisneach, Ireland

Uisneach, the sacred centre of Ireland

The Catstone of Uisneach, aka Umbilicus Hibernia

The Catstone of Uisneach, aka Umbilicus Hibernia

Forgotten dolmen on peat mountain overlooking Lough Derg, Ireland

Forgotten dolmen at sunset on peat mountain overlooking Lough Derg, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland

Newgrange, Ireland

Newgrange, Ireland – photo by Jenn Nelson

Sphere within Sphere at Trinity College, Dublin

Sphere within Sphere sculpture by Arnoldo Pomodoro reflecting my family at Trinity College – photo by Jenn Nelson

Many thanks to Tina Silver, Mark Golding and Helena Skoog, Peter and Nikki Garrett, Paul Troy, Jantien Vandenberg and her partner Mark, and Geoff Fitzpatrick, each of whom we spent time with on location. You enhanced our experiences of England, Scotland and Ireland in many untold ways.

The Metre

The metre (spelled meter in United States) was introduced by the First French Republic in 1799. It was originally defined to be one ten millionth of the distance (10,000 km) between the North Pole and the Equator through Paris.


Since then the metre has been defined variously as the length of certain prototype objects, the wavelength of a specified light spectra, and since 1983 in terms of the speed of light, which is itself defined by the metre and the second.

The first metre, Paris; Image Ken Eckert CC BY-SA 4.0

The first metre, Paris; Image Ken Eckert CC BY-SA 4.0

I discovered that the metre exposes something amazing about the absolute size of the Earth and the Moon. The Earth’s polar diameter is 10,000 times the square root of the divine proportion (aka golden ratio, approximately 1.618033989) in kilometres. The combined polar diameters of Earth and Moon are 10,000 times the divine proportion in kilometres. My book The Divine Proportion delves deeply into this amazing ratio which is symbolized by the Greek letter Ф.


The reason the above correlations are only 99.97% accurate is because when GPS satellites became operational in the 1990’s we learned that one ten millionth of the distance between the North Pole and the Equator is not exactly 1 m as extrapolated at the end of the 18th century, but is actually 1.000197 m.

In 1973, John Michell published in The View Over Atlantis that the Great Pyramid’s slope of 51°51′ encodes the proportions of the Earth and Moon. The base of the pyramid in the following diagram corresponds with the Earth’s equator. The apex of the pyramid coincides with the center of the Moon when the Moon is drawn tangent to the Earth as shown. The sole surviving ancient wonder of the world therefore encodes the proportions of Earth and Moon in its aeons-old architecture.


I discovered that the Great Pyramid’s location on our planet is divinely proportioned with respect to the longest possible distance on land, based on the global sea level since the last ice age.

Published in The Divine Proportion in miles

Published in The Divine Proportion in miles

In my Secrets In Plain Sight Volume 1 film, I pointed out Webb’s discovery that the Great Pyramid’s latitude (29.979245.8°N) precisely encodes the speed of light (299792458 metres per second).

The Great Pyramid's latitude encodes the speed of light

The Great Pyramid’s latitude encodes the speed of light

The metre is officially defined as, “the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299792458 of a second,” and the latitude 29.979245.8°N makes me wonder if the pyramid was originally designed as a shining mountain of metrology? The metre might have merely been rediscovered in relatively recent times (circa 1799) as an obvious method of rationalizing the circumference of the Earth.

The fact that the light speed latitude and the Ф point along the longest distance on land should coincide is nothing short of miraculous.

Author Gary Osborn discovered that the location of the so-called granite “coffer” within the “King’s Chamber” inside the Great Pyramid is the focus of a golden spiral (based on the divine proportion). This explains why the King’s Chamber is offset with respect to the centerline of the pyramid. Read on to see how this supports the notion that the coffer may have been used as an resonation chamber for the human body.

Gary Osborn ©2005

Gary Osborn ©2005

I speculate that they put salt water in the coffer and the ancient initiate floated in the warm dark like people do in modern isolation tanks. It would be the ultimate place for the human body to resonate with the pyramid mountain, the Earth’s landmass and the Earth-Moon system.

Consider also that the human body is divinely proportioned with respect to the scale of all things. We are literally the bridge between macrocosm and microcosm.

Flinders Petrie meticulously surveyed the Great Pyramid in the 19th century. See page 27 of The Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh for Petrie’s measurements of the King’s Chamber. Petrie measured everything in inches but if we convert to metres, something amazing pops out—the King’s Chamber encodes divine proportions directly in metres.

The dimensions of the King's Chamber encode the divine proportion in metres

The dimensions of the King’s Chamber encode the divine proportion in metres

The base circumference of the King’s Chamber is (2 x 5.24) + (2 x 10.47) = 31.42 m. 10π is approximately 31.42. Thanks to Leo Nolette for spotting this connection. So the King’s Chamber encodes the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter in metres and of course base 10.

I have created numerous illustrations of the Great Pyramid’s mysteries over the years and published many of them in my books. This one shows how the pyramid “squares the circle” and how the mathematical constant e (Euler’s number) is encoded by comparing the pyramid with an inscribed equilateral triangle.

This one shows how the human body resonates with the divine proportion and the pyramid form.


This one shows how the Sphinx was located in proximity to the G2 pyramid (neighboring the Great Pyramid) to purposefully encode a single geometric template based on the vesica piscis and the divine proportion. This setup creates a sympathetic resonance as above, so below.

“Through the phenomenon of cosmocization…the human becomes microcosm of the house or temple, just as the house or temple becomes microcosm of the cosmos. The inverse is true as well: the cosmos is macrocosm to the house, the house is macrocosm to the human, and the human is, therefore, in profound interrelationship with the cosmos.” -Beverly White Spicer

Cosmocization is what I referred to in the cover of my most recent book, Tripartite.


In 1999, Osborn showed the correspondence between what I’m now calling the Cosmocization Chamber (aka King’s) and the third eye at the center of the human brain.

Gary Osborn ©1999

Gary Osborn ©1999

Osborn later connected the physiology of the third eye to the ancient Eye of Horus symbol, which he called the Gate of God.


The third eye is the mind’s eye, the Gate of God, the locus of enlightenment. This reminds me of a quote from my essay on Light.

“If we consider the word light as a euphemism for the word knowledge, our definition of the word light is then clarified. We then find that light is knowledge and we are all on the path of true knowledge.

Now, knowledge as listed in the dictionary comes from the French root word knowen, to know; (1) having understanding gained by actual experience, or practical experience; (2) the state of being aware of something or of having information; (3) the act of understanding: clear perception of truth; (4) something learned and kept in mind.

If we interchange the word knowledge for the word light we have the true Rosicrucian meaning…If light is knowledge, and knowledge is born intuitively, then the “Path of True Light” is not outward but inward.” –Ronald Cannata (1971)

The Great Pyramid elegantly encodes great truth using the universal language of proportion and metrology. The way that it does so on multiple simultaneous levels is truly illuminating. We still have much to learn from this secret in plain sight.

Location, Location, Location

It has long been known that the three most important factors determining real estate value are: location, location, location. I notice that this aphorism is true not only for residential and commercial properties, but also somewhat unexpectedly for sites having great symbolic and/or spiritual significance.

My research reveals a previously unknown system of non-monetary valuation transcending any particular culture, tradition, or time period that takes the entire Earth and the built environment into account.

Repdigits and transcendental mathematical constants are the keys to locating sites in this system. For example, consider the fact that the Western Wall in Jerusalem is 666.6 nautical miles from the Kaaba in Mecca. These two are the most sacred sites in Judaism and Islam.

'Sacred Stones' from Quantification

‘Sacred Stones’ from Quantification

Why nautical miles? There are 6x6x600 nautical miles in the meridian circumference of the Earth, revealing more repdigits in the unit used to do the encoding.

The nautical mile was originally defined as one arc minute and the metric system was originally defined by dividing the arc length from the pole to the equator into 10 million parts called metres. So one degree is 10,000,000 m / 90° = 111,111.111… m and one arc minute is 111,111.111… / 60′ = 1851.85185… m.

The nautical mile was defined as exactly 1852 m by international convention, so they rounded it off to the nearest meter. This obfuscates two very interesting patterns. The repeating numbers use the same digits of the Great Pyramid’s slope angle of 51.85° (51°51′) and the following:

1851.85185… yards = 5555.555… feet = 66,666.666… inches.

There is also an unusual link between nautical miles and meters:

666.6 nautical miles = 1234543.2 meters
6666.6 nautical miles = 123456543.2 meters

The black stone in the Kaaba is 5055005 yards from the Mahabodhi Temple in India, the location of the original tree under which the Buddha became enlightened.

'Sages' from Quantification

‘Sages’ from Quantification

The Buddha apparently died 333,333 feet from the place where he was born.


The distance between the center of the world’s largest Buddhist meditation center (capacity 1 million meditators) and the third eye of the world’s largest Buddha statue is exactly e million (2,718,282) yards. The transcendental constant e is Euler’s number, used in finance, engineering and many scientific disciplines.

300,000 Buddha statues adorn the Dhammakaya Center and the yard is a unit equal to 3 feet. The ‘Great Retreat’ in Buddhism correspondingly lasts 3 years, 3 months and 3 days.


According to the Bible, Jesus lived 33.3 years and performed 33 miracles. Did King David, father of Solomon, really rule for 33 years and did Jacob really have 33 children or are these repdigits actually codes?

The Kaaba, the stone cut temple of Ellora in India and the largest religious complex in the world at Angkor Wat not only form a great circle alignment but the distances between them also encode 33° and π.


Long ago, the Western Wall in Jerusalem formed the foundation of Solomon’s Temple. Solomon’s Temple was 33.33° from Stonehenge.


The Dome of the Rock stands on the site of Solomon’s Temple and is 3333.33 km from the center of the symbolic Place de la Nation of Paris.


In the 19th century, one of Cleopatra’s Needles was moved exactly 3333.33 km from the harbor wall in Alexandria to where it now stands in London. Likewise the Ishtar Gate of Babylon was moved 3333 km to the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.


The Eiffel Tower stands 3033.33 km from the site of the former Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt. In turn the Lighthouse was 3333.33 km from the standing stones of Carnac, France. The oldest standing obelisk in the world, in Heliopolis Egypt, is in a great circle alignment with the Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt and the replica Lighthouse of Alexandria, Virginia (333 feet high), officially titled, “The George Washington Masonic National Memorial.”


The center of the Eiffel Tower is exactly e million (2,718,282) feet from the center of the Cathedral of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, which is topped by solar discs. The Sun disc’s circumference is e million miles (99.99%).


The world’s tallest building is currently the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It is e thousand feet high and 1633333 meters from the Kaaba. The total land area of the League of Arab States equals 13333333 square kilometers (99.9997% accurate).

'Arabic Connections' from Quantification

‘Arabic Connections’ from Quantification

A higher structure known as the Kingdom Tower is currently under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It will be 3303 feet high when completed. Funding was just secured to complete the tower, probably by 2020.

The Kingdom Tower will be 33.3° from the Golden Temple in India, which the most sacred shrine in Sikhism.


The center of the Kingdom Tower of Jeddah is 3,333,333 inches from the word Allah (in Arabic calligraphy) atop the world’s highest and largest clock tower in Mecca, steps from the Kaaba. The Kingdom Tower is also oriented so one leg points at the Kaaba and the Abraj Al-Bait Tower.


The vector connecting the word Allah on the clock tower terminates at the center of the equilateral triangular void within the Kingdom Tower, symbolizing the Eye of Providence, or Allah in this case.

Eye of Providence from Jewish cemetery - Image Aw58 CC BY-SA 3.0

Eye of Providence from Jewish cemetery – Image Aw58 CC BY-SA 3.0

Sometimes important sites are related by repdigits within cities. For example, consider Tehran, Iran. The Tower of Freedom is 55,555.5 feet from the center of the Mausoleum of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Interestingly, this distance is also equal to 666,666 inches and both complexes ironically have similar plans. The Tower was built in 1971 to honor the Shah and later renamed Azadi, meaning Freedom, after the Revolution of 1979 that ousted the Shah. The architect of the tower was a Baha’i who was driven out of the country when religious pluralism was rescinded in the Revolution of 1979, led by the Ayatollah Khomeini. It is therefore highly unlikely that there was a conspiracy to locate the Mausoleum of the Ayatollah in a repdigit relation with the Shah’s tower. The encoding transcends culture and religion, a secret in plain sight.


I have thus presented you with many such secrets in plain sight, many of which hinge on different units of measure. These units of measure are ultimately based on, and have surprising resonances with the dimensions of the Earth and the Moon. For example, the Imperial system of inches, feet, yards, furlongs and miles has clear resonances that are far from accidental. There are 63360 inches in a mile (5280 feet/mile x 12 inches/foot). There are 63360 furlongs in the Earth’s diameter. The circumference of a circle encompassing the Earth and the Moon measures 63360 miles.


John Michell discovered that the combined Moon & Earth radii measure 1x2x3x4x5x6x7 miles. The arc length around one-quarter of the circle circumscribing the Earth and Moon is 8x9x10x11 miles, which is also curiously equal to the Earth’s diameter.

Read the essay “Yards” in my Anthology for more info on the resonances of that particular unit.

The Imperial system is not unique in having resonances with the Earth and the Moon. The Metric system does also. The combined diameters of the Earth and the Moon are equal to 10,000 times Ф km (99.97% accurate). The symbol Ф represents the Divine Proportion. The Earth’s polar diameter is 10,000 times the square root of Ф km. The Earth and Moon are divinely proportioned with respect to each other as shown by the triangle and the diagram showing two intersecting golden rectangles tangent to the Earth below.


In fact the Imperial and Metric systems are related by the divine proportion, or nearly so (see the tiny half percent gap on the upper right).


So our systems of units resonate in multiple fascinating ways with the structure of our planet and its natural satellite. Here are some surprising repdigit patterns in our units, revealed by a hexagon inscribed within the Earth.


I do not believe the Moon was made by aliens or is made of cheese, nor do I believe the Earth is flat or that sea-monsters patrol its edges. Please read David Mathisen’s well-written article, “The Invisible Kraken: Evidence that the Earth is not Flat” and think about it if you are a “Flat Earth Truther.” Do not contact me with flat earth theories or conspiracies about NASA or scientists in general, or about people suppressing flat earth theories or the theorists themselves.

“Belief is the death of intelligence.” -Robert Anton Wilson

So what do I ascribe to the meaning of location, location, location? Although you might initially think that these structures were sited according to a grand human conspiracy, the great antiquity of many of these examples stretches this theory well beyond its rational breaking point. The standard materialist view would have physical agents coordinating all of this, so aliens are the next most likely suspects. However, consider their motives.

If aliens encoded repdigits and transcendental mathematical constants both in our units of measure and in the locations of many significant structures, they must have had for thousands of years, and continue to have up to the present time, intimate knowledge about what our species considers significant. If we could put aside our primate/primal fear of people who aren’t from around here—aliens—we might consider that these agents know us very well, so well perhaps, that they must not be alien at all. They might know us better than we know ourselves.

Why would anyone bother to encode all of this—what could they possibly hope to accomplish with such a massive effort? Clearly the encoding transcends any particular culture, ethnic group, religion or belief system, spans a great deal of time, and reveals a high level of intelligence. As such it appears to be a universal message to humanity, one that has been there in plain sight all along, waiting for discovery. This has only been possible for about a decade, since GPS satellite data has been publicly accessible through computer interfaces such as Google Earth. Now that the genie is out of the bottle, what does it mean?

Encoding messages in the locations of significant structures is a non-destructive, gentle approach that reminds me of the low-impact of crop circles. Information is conveyed but it remains entirely up to us to assign meaning, if and when we are able to do so and curious enough to do it.

I think we have to work this out backwards, in other words, “by their fruits we shall know them.” The fruits have to be knowledge and perhaps human enlightenment. So who would want to educate and enlighten us?

We can rule out God, unless you define God as a being who transcends religion. We can rule out aliens too, unless they aren’t actually alien and have transcended their own selfish agendas.

More likely are higher selves and/or spiritual beings, but that requires one to consider trans-material reality—things beyond that which we can readily weigh and measure.

It’s amazing to me, but scientific materialists who believe that everything is made of atoms tend to see no contradiction that everything came from nothing in the Big Bang. Scientific materialists also believe in dark matter and dark energy. Neither dark matter nor dark energy has ever or probably can ever be detected, and yet we are supposed to believe these substances are 96% the mass of the universe, because that figure makes the math in the standard model of physics work out. That is like saying invisible pink unicorns are 96% the mass of the Universe, an unfalsifiable (you can’t ever prove that it is false) and therefore unscientific premise. Time to rethink the standard model?

“According to the standard Big Bang narrative, space and time did not exist prior to the Big Bang. Therefore, the “cause” of the Big Bang could not have existed within space and time. In that case, it existed outside space and time, hence was dimensionless, hence was immaterial, hence was mental! The very thing that scientific materialism claims cannot exist — independent, causal mind — is the only possible, plausible candidate for explaining the Big Bang.” –Hyperreason by Mike Hockney

In addition, we can rule out dark matter and dark energy as immaterial encoders (assuming they even exist) because these universal forces or fields presumably don’t “know” anything, including what is significant to our particular species.

The encoders are minds possibly imagined by a singular mind (the Universe itself) with an intelligence that chooses to encode repdigits and transcendental mathematics in the locations of our significant sites for some teleological purpose. I suspect that this purpose is to teach us eventually who we are.

Information processing networks

Information processing networks

“Let us pretend that there was a machine, which was constructed in such a way as to give rise to thinking, sensing and having perceptions. You could imagine it expanded in size (while retaining the same proportions) so that you could go inside it, like going into a mill. On this assumption, your tour inside it would show you the working parts pushing each other, but never anything which would explain a perception.” -Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibnitz

Perhaps the first thing to realize is that more is going on here than just atoms. Quantum physicists have known for a century that atoms are really 99.9999999999% empty space, but we have yet to come to terms with that information.

99.9999999999…% = 100%.

The only possible descriptions of sub-atomic particles are mathematical descriptions because that is precisely what they are: mathematics.

Our Pater & Mater (Latin: Father & Mother) are Pattern and Matter

Our Pater & Mater (Latin: Father & Mother) are Pattern and Matter

“If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have the key to the universe.” -Nicola Tesla

This is the key: the universe is 100% mathematics, the universal language. There is no objective “substance” out there. However, if all is number, then who are you?



Saturn's Patterns

Saturn’s Patterns

Hidden Universal Symmetry


For millennia philosophers, mathematicians, architects, artists and mystics have been interested in the divine proportion, but its understanding has been highly fragmented. My recent work attempts to show how the divine proportion is a hidden universal symmetry worthy of comprehensive study and understanding.

Euclid’s book Elements (300 BCE) contains the first known written definition of the divine proportion, something he called the mean and extreme ratio:

“A straight line is said to have been cut in extreme and mean ratio when, as the whole line is to the greater segment, so is the greater to the lesser.”

Euclid’s mean and extreme ratio is better known today as the golden mean, golden ratio or divine proportion. These names refer to the act of cutting a line at one uniquely important point. Point C cuts the line AB at the divine proportion if and only if the whole line (α+β) is in proportion to the longer segment (α) in exactly the same proportion as the longer segment (α) is to the shorter segment (β).


The Greek letter Ф (phi) is used to denote the divine proportion. Ф is an irrational number whose decimal approximation continues forever without repeating. In fact, the divine proportion turns out to be “the most irrational number” of all. [1]

“Geometry has two great treasures; one is the Theorem of Pythagoras; the other, the division of a line into extreme and mean ratio. The first we may compare to a measure of gold, the second we may name a precious jewel.” -Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)

Scientists are just recently starting to catch on to the divine proportion’s role in patterning the universe.

In 2010 an international team of scientists discovered the divine proportion in the quantum world. Researchers created a chain, one atom wide, of linked magnetic atoms and tuned the system to the “Schrödinger’s cat state” of quantum uncertainty [2].

They discovered that in that state the frequencies of the atoms’ spins resonated in the golden ratio. The team’s leader Dr. Radu Coldea said, “It reflects a beautiful property of the quantum system—a hidden symmetry.” The story about their discovery was the most-visited story in 2010 on EurekAlert, the global source for science news. I will save my speculations about why this was so until a bit later in this article.

In 2015, by combining advanced knowledge of mathematics and physics, Tamar Friedmann and C. R. Hagen discovered that the energy levels of a hydrogen atom are based on π, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. [3] They showed that the modern quantum-mechanical description of hydrogen’s atomic energy levels is mathematically equivalent to John Wallis’ historic mathematical formula for π (published in 1656).

My opinion of the age old debate is that mathematics appears to be discovered rather than invented.

The Wallis formula is an infinite product equivalent to the area of a square compared to the area of an inscribed circle (4/π). I find it especially interesting that 4/π is 99.8% equal to the square root of the golden ratio. Matter and energy are thus divinely proportioned.

From my book The Divine Proportion: [4]

A two-dimensional representation is the most effective way to perceive the divine proportion’s essential quality of self-similarity. The golden rectangle is just such a two-dimensional figure (the golden triangle is another) where the ratio of the longer side to the shorter side is equal to Ф divided by 1, which reduces to Ф.


On the right side of the figure, the shorter side is subdivided again such that what was formerly the smaller part is now the larger, namely the side with the length of 1. The ratio of the new larger segment (1) to the next smallest segment equals 1 divided by 1/Ф, which also reduces to Ф. The subdivision continues in this way, always reducing to Ф.

The golden rectangle implies a spiral, composed of circular arc segments centered on the corner of each square. The smallest rectangle at the end of the spiral is also a golden rectangle, so the process of divine subdivision can continue infinitely inward. The divine proportion is always the same and does not depend on the length of the line being divided.

“Like God, the Divine Proportion is always similar to itself.” –Luca Pacioli (1447–1517)

Spiral galaxies and cyclones (hurricanes) naturally approximate the form of golden spirals.

Images from The Divine Proportion

Images from The Divine Proportion

The fact that the same form appears at such vastly different scales and contexts reveals a universal pattern. I think the reason we see this pattern is that it is built from a simple “recurrence relation”—an equation that recursively defines a sequence. Once one or more initial terms are given, each further term of the sequence is defined as a function of the preceding terms.

The Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, …) is an example of a recurrence relation where each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two. You can create arbitrary recurrence relations like the Fibonacci sequence from any two initial terms. Taking the ratio of any two adjacent terms approximates the golden ratio: the higher the value of the terms, the better the approximation.


I recently created a geometric recurrence relation with the 3:4:5 Pythagorean right triangle. I made this image by simply iterating the triangle and the squares made from its edges. It’s amazing that it has a natural, fractal quality and that the spirals form discrete approximations of golden spirals.

Fractal 3:4:5 triangle and squares

Fractal 3:4:5 triangle and squares

I suspect that a cyclone is formed by a recurrence relation of air pressures. A simple mathematical sequence that builds on itself results in this form. The same is likely to be true of stars in spiral galaxies in terms of solar wind pressures.

The divine proportion turns up at the stellar scale. In 2015 a team of astrophysicists discovered that “the brightness of some stars pulsates at primary and secondary frequencies whose ratios are near the golden mean.” [5]

How could it be that the quantum effect mentioned with “Schrödinger’s cat state” atoms appears also at a cosmological scale? Read on to understand that the divine proportion patterns matter at all scales.

I discovered that the divine proportion shows up on the planetary scale.

From my book Secrets In Plain Sight: Leonardo da Vinci: [6]

The combined polar diameters of Earth and Moon (16185.6 km) divided by the equatorial diameter of the Earth (12756.2 km) is 99.8% equal to √Ф. The size of our planet and its natural satellite fit this elegantly simple geometry.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” –Leonardo da Vinci

The circumference of the circle is equal to Ф x π and the perimeter of the square is equal to 4 x √Ф. Therefore, the circumference is 99.9% equal to the perimeter. It is impossible to exactly square the circle because one can never quite rationalize π.

“It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible.”

At the scale of cities, a few architects mysteriously encode the divine proportion in the their culturally significant structures without publicizing that knowledge.

From The Divine Proportion:

The CN Tower in Toronto is the tallest structure in the Western hemisphere at 553.33 meters in height and was the tallest structure in the world when built in 1976. The glass floor and outdoor observation deck in the Main Pod are 341.99 meters (1122 feet) in height. 553.33 / 341.99 ≈ Φ (99.99%).

Le Corbusier, the lead architect of the United Nations Secretariat building, previously developed a proportional system used for building design called the Modulor, which was based on human measurements, the divine proportion, and Fibonacci numbers. [7]

“Mathematics is the majestic structure conceived by man to grant him comprehension of the universe.” -Le Corbusier

At the molecular scale, the code of life itself is divinely proportioned.

From The Divine Proportion:

The view at the top of the illustration shows that the structure’s axis is arranged as a decagon, with 1 as the radius and Ф dimensioned across the molecule. The double helix’s relationship of major to minor grooves is also divinely proportioned. The overall pitch of the spiral compared to its diameter is likewise an expression of Ф (99.9%).

DNA is organized into nucleotide triplets, called codons. Geneticist Jean-Claude Perez discovered that the frequency in which codons appear in the human genome are strongly linked to Ф. [8]

The code of life is a multidimensional embodiment of the divine proportion.

Leonardo da Vinci showed how the human body is structured by the divine proportion.

In the book I explore whether the mass appeal of Da Vinci’s art could be due to his practice of encoding the divine proportion into his works. After all, his dozen or so paintings are the most visited, most discussed and most expensive art in the world.

From Secrets In Plain Sight: Leonardo da Vinci:

Leonardo depicted a man in both a circle and a square, based on the ancient canon of proportion found in the writings of Vitruvius…The primary divisions in the golden rectangles point to the navel and heart. The navel is the center of the physical body…The heart is the center of the energetic body, with three chakras above and three below…The golden rectangle anchored on the page itself points to the idealized man’s third eye.

In a recent study, plastic surgeons surveyed 1682 people to discover their aesthetic preferences for navel position on the human abdomen. “When comparing navel position on the same body, the majority of participants choose the one with the navel relocated according to the golden ratio (i.e., 1.618).” [9]

It appears that people prefer the proportions of the idealized body that Da Vinci depicted over 500 years ago. I assume this is because the human body is structured using the divine proportion.

From Secrets In Plain Sight: Leonardo da Vinci:

In Da Vinci’s painting “St. John the Baptist” (c.1513), he uses the golden rectangle to point out the prophet’s third eye and his finger pointing to heaven…The spiral convergences on the prophet’s third eye. On the right image, the secondary vertical division locates the upward pointing index finger and dramatically verifies the analysis.

The thesis of my book on Da Vinci is that he consistently pointed with the divine proportion’s divisions to physical and illuminated third-eyes.

“Adrian Bejan, professor of mechanical engineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, thinks he knows why the golden ratio pops up everywhere: the eyes scan an image the fastest when it is shaped as a golden-ratio rectangle.” [10]

The divine proportion must therefore be built into our visual cortex.

The pineal gland is the physical manifestation of the third-eye chakra. A fascinating article from states the following:

In 2004, Dr. David Klein, Chief of the Section on Neuroendocrinology at the NIH, discovered that the interior of the pineal gland has retinal tissue composed of rods and cones (photoreceptors)…just like the eye, and is even wired into the visual cortex of the brain. He also noted that it even has vitreous fluid in it. Within this context, it would seem that the scientific community may need more courage to follow this evidence wherever it may lead in the pursuit of scientific truth, especially where it concerns the pineal gland’s role as a human sensory organ, and to forego old and outdated theories.

“The photoreceptors of the retina strongly resemble the cells of the pineal gland.” -Dr. David Klein [11]

Albrecht Durer may have learned perspective and the divine proportion from Da Vinci or Luca Pacioli, who at one time lived with Da Vinci. After all, Pacioli and Da Vinci published a book together called De Divina Proportione (1509). Here is what Pacioli wrote in the book’s Introduction:

“A work necessary for all the clear-sighted and inquiring human minds, in which everyone who loves to study philosophy, perspective, painting, sculpture, architecture, music and other mathematical disciplines will find a very delicate, subtle and admirable teaching and will delight in diverse questions touching on a very secret science.” [italics by the author]

The science of the divine proportion had to be secret in their day because these Renaissance luminaries could have easily been burned at the stake for the implications of this science. I believe Da Vinci saw the divine not just in a transcendent heaven (following the church dogma), but through this science saw the divine immanently in the human body and in the world. If this is really true, then one doesn’t need the church hierarchy to “see God”—only the mind’s eye is required.

More ink has been spilled on Albrecht Durer’s “Melancholia I” than any other engraving. [12] Inspired by Franz Deckwitz’s study (1979), I found related but different geometry in my geometric analysis:

Albrecht Durer's Melancholia I

Albrecht Durer’s Melancholia I

I see the eyes of the melancholy genius staring directly at the third-eye of the cherub, who is surrounded by a “magical” pentagram. The pentagram traces the angle of the ladder and the horizon and is grounded by the square that it sits on. Again we are directed to a third-eye, this time of a divine cherub.

Pentagrams resonate with the divine proportion. Perhaps that is their magic?

Michelangelo also encoded the divine proportion in the world’s second most famous work of art after Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, which also encodes it (shown in my book).

In a 2015 paper entitled “More than a neuroanatomical representation in The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo Buonarroti, a representation of the Golden Ratio,” [13] the co-authors build on Dr. Frank Lynn Meshberger’s 1990 discovery that, “The Creation of Adam represented in the Sistine Chapel shows God surrounded by a drape that has the shape of what he believed to be the sagittal section of a human brain.” [14]

The co-authors demonstrate that the gap where Adam receives the divine spark is precisely and fittingly pointed to using the divine proportion.

From Secrets In Plain Sight: Leonardo da Vinci:

With this geometry you can see that Adam’s body gracefully follows the arc and the primary horizontal division in both golden rectangles share the same datum line. This datum line leads from Adam’s eye straight into the heart of God, which is the pineal gland, or third eye, according to Michelangelo’s neuroanatomical representation [revealed by Meshberger]. The divine proportion and the third eye are literally the bridge to the infinite, or “divine realm.”

Michelangelo could have easily been burned at the stake for suggesting that the route to God is within, rather than through the official social hierarchy of God-representatives…Once you see its structure you begin to understand why it is so powerful and sense Michelangelo’s humanistic intent of encoding such a secret in plain sight.

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” – Leonardo da Vinci

I believe that the divine proportion works on us because it is part of our bodies, our DNA, and even our atoms, as this article has outlined. For this reason, we tend to resonate with—and preferentially choose—just about anything that is proportioned with the golden ratio, even if we are not conscious of it.

In the macrocosm, the divine proportion structures cyclones in the atmosphere, governs the proportions of the Earth-Moon system, patterns the pulsing of stars, and continuously orders spiral galaxies (my book The Divine Proportion has many more examples).

This hidden universal symmetry operates at all scales.

The charge radius of the proton is 8.775 x 10-16 m, which is 16 orders of magnitude smaller than our human scale. The entire universe has a radius of approximately 14 billion parsecs (4.3 x 1026 m), which is 26 orders of magnitude larger than the human scale. The full gamut of scale is thus 16 + 26, or 42 orders of magnitude from a proton to the entire universe. Amazingly, 42 / 26 is 99.8% equal to Ф, so it logically follows that the human scale is the divine measure of all things!

I see a rebirth of this ancient knowledge—a New Renaissance—starting to happen right now. However, it is going to require a major conceptual revolution. The time is ripe to scientifically understand this profound hidden universal symmetry and apprehend the fundamental mathematical reality of the universe. The “substance” of the universe is number—geometry—music, the universal language.

Philosophy is written in this grand book, the universe, which stands continually open to our gaze. But the book cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and read the characters in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these one is wandering in a dark labyrinth. —Galileo Galilei (1623)

What use is language to anything but consciousness?

“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” -Max Planck (1931), who was awarded the Nobel prize for his discovery of energy quanta.

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Macrocosmic Harmony

The best temples serve as bridges between human scale and the macrocosm. When Beverly Spicer sent me the following image, something clicked and I understood the human body, the Sphinx and the Pyramids in a new way. I’m not sure which book this black-and-white geometric analysis of Pharaoh Rameses II was scanned from—it appears to be mirrored all over the Internet.


The nemes headcloth has distinctive, straight-edged folds, which imply an intersection point above the head. Nested equilateral triangles locate the pharaoh’s third eye appropriately as an all-seeing-eye in the center of the triangle (like the eye of providence on the dollar bill).

That reminds me of an image I made recently. Here is essentially what I wrote about it on Facebook:

Beauty is experienced in the world, love in the body, and truth in the mind. The eye of horus in the center symbolizes the view of any observer. The transcendentals are ontologically one and thus they are convertible: e.g., where there is truth, there is beauty and love also. The transcendentals are irreducible qualities of awareness. The circle represents the seeming boundary between your interior sensations, thoughts, and perceptions and your exterior body, mind, and world.


Just as the transcendental qualities of awareness (love, beauty, truth) are ontologically one, so too are the trinity of data types you experience. How far from your awareness are your sensations, perceptions or thoughts? Examine your experience and you will see that there is no distance.

Do the thoughts running through your mind take place in a fundamentally different place than the sensations of your body or your perceptions of the world? They are all convertible because all this data is experienced by awareness and yet we have no trouble identifying which channel the information flows through. There is a fundamental and irreducible trinity to awareness.

I now see this ontological trinity as the fountainhead of relationships such as Isis/Horus/Osiris, Mary/Jesus/Holy-Spirit, and even Neutron/Proton/Electron.

Following a hunch I wanted to see if the Sphinx’s nemes followed the same pattern. I discovered that the pattern is similar but is also subtly different. The Sphinx’s nemes doesn’t imply nested triangles but the uraeus symbolizing the pharaoh’s pineal gland is located in the center of the vesica piscis as indicated by the crossed red lines. Incidentally, I described how to draw this image step-by-step in the latest installment of my Photoshop User Magazine column, Beyond Photoshop.


Zooming out, the G2 pyramid also appears to fit the pattern.


It clicked for me when I realized that the geometric template for the Sphinx is the same as the geometric template for the Great Pyramid that I published in my book Quantification. The edge of the inscribed equilateral triangle measures 555.5 feet in the Great Pyramid.


In this way the House of the Temple (it was never a tomb) is a macrocosm of the Body carved on the Sphinx. Zooming out once again, the Engraved Hourglass Nebula is a macrocosm of that House. As above, so below.


The above image wonderfully illustrates Mircea Eliade’s homology, Body—House—Cosmos, from his book “The Sacred and the Profane” (1959).

A big synchronicity for me is that I learned about this three-level holographic homology not from reading Eliade but from reading Beverly Spicer’s excellent book and PhD thesis from the School of Architecture at the University of Texas called, “The Ka’bah: Rhythms of Culture, Faith and Physiology,” which she was kind enough to send me. Remember Beverly was the person who sent me the black-and-white Rameses II image? That whole sequence of events was quite illuminating!

Speaking of illumination, did you know that the human eye is most sensitive to a wavelength of 5555 Ångströms, which forms the center point of our visual perception? At other frequencies, more radiant intensity is required to achieve the same luminous intensity.

See how the colors are strongest in the middle of the color ramp and fade away as they approach the infrared and ultraviolet ends of the spectrum? 5555Å is the central wavelength.

5555 Ångströms

5555 Ångströms

The peak luminous intensity of sunlight also has a wavelength of 555.5 nanometers (5555 Ångströms). This should be no surprise because our eyes evolved, or perhaps were designed to view the light of our particular Sun. The beauty of repeating 5’s harmonizing our visual perception, 5 symbolizing life, is not lost on me.

After reading a stimulating article Joe Dubs linked on Facebook entitled, “The Pythagorean Relationship Between Pi, e, and Phi” by Peter Felicetti, I realized I already knew the content, but I hadn’t considered the following geometry algebraically before. One can arrange Phi, Pi and e as an almost perfect Pythagorean triangle, but there is a tiny gap that I labeled “The Mystery” at the end of my article on Graham Hancock’s site.

This mystery is drawn to scale

This mystery is drawn to scale

When I saw it algebraically, a few more puzzle pieces fit together and it is no longer a mystery to me but a harmonious work of rational design from a very high level.

Tech note: I realize that some of my detailed graphics might be hard to see. I recommend pressing Command+ on the Mac or Ctrl+ on Windows several times to enlarge the content displayed in your browser. Use Command/Ctrl- to make it smaller later on.

The Quadrivium

The Quadrivium

The same gap that we hear between twelve just perfect fifths and seven octaves (known as the Cycle of Fifths or the Pythagorean comma), the relationship of transcendental constants arranged in a Pythagorean triangle, and the orbital mechanics of our planet are all related because we are living in a mathematical construct. This was known long ago.

“All is number.” -Pythagoras

The above image expresses the quadrivium: number, geometry, music, and astronomy. In other words, number in itself, number in space, number in time, and number in spacetime.

I knew the Solar Year also factors in the Earth’s equatorial circumference—the following equation was published by John Michell and Robin Heath in The Lost Science of Measuring the Earth. I made this illustration commemorating this important relationship, one that essentially defines the foot.


Speaking of Michell and Heath, they were the authors who deciphered the 5:12:13 triangle and its connection with the lunar cycle. When I was researching extending the Pythagorean theorem into three dimensions, I came across a diagram connecting the 5:12:13 and 3:4:5 triangles. That, and studying Gary Osborn’s work, inspired me to put together this image showing how dynamics related to the Earth, Moon and Sun emerge from something as fundamental to geometry as the first two Pythagorean triples.

Number in space and spacetime

Number in space and spacetime

Earth’s orbital circumference has certain clear resonances with our measurement systems.


Bringing together what I wrote about in Cubits, in my book Taking Measure: Explorations in Number, Architecture and Consciousness, and from my recent experience participating in Graham Hancock’s forums when I was author of the month, these pieces now fit together with greater clarity.



Michael Kuser wrote something on my wall that inspired the following image. The first part shows the combined diagonals of the cubes bounding Earth and Moon compared to their average distance from the Sun are proportioned as the foot is to the mile (99.3%).

Lawrence Edlund discovered that the average distance of the Earth to the Sun compared to the distance light travels in one revolution of the Earth around the Sun are proportioned as the inch is to the mile (99.9%).

I put two and two together and graphically show how our units of measure resonate with our local macrocosm.


In “Rotations” you see more proof that our system is a product of base-10 design. The Moon’s orbital period with respect to the fixed stars is 27.3 Earth days. Earth actually rotates 366.3 times per year relative to the stars because the orbital motion of the Earth around the Sun causes roughly one additional rotation of the planet on its own axis. Here is what Knight and Butler had to say about this phenomenon in Before the Pyramids (p240), where they describe how the megalithic system is based on the division of a circle into 366 units:

“In a solar year the Sun rises 365 times but, during the same time, a star will have risen 366 times. It sounds odd but it’s true. Each day according to the rising of a star (a sidereal day), is 23 hours 56 minutes 4 seconds in length, whereas a mean solar day is 24 hours in length. That leaves a discrepancy of 236 seconds, which over the course of a year amounts to another 24 hours. It is part of the clockwork mechanism of our solar system that there are different sorts of years, dependent on what one is observing. Our megalithic and pre-megalithic ancestors in Britain focused on the number of times a star rose in a year, and the result was 366 times [366.3 with one more digit of accuracy].”



Tonight I realized that the product of these rotations, 27.3 x 366.3 = 9999.99. What are the chances? I can’t begin to calculate the astronomical odds against such a numeric symmetry if our planet and its natural satellite were formed by random processes. Note that this product is independent of units and calculated solely on number of Earth rotations relative to our Moon and Sun.

Peter Plichta’s book God’s Secret Formula: Deciphering the Riddle of the Universe and the Prime Number Code taught me that 1/27.3 ≈ 0.03663 and 1/366.3 ≈ 0.00273, which you can easily verify with a calculator.

The ratio of the polar diameter of the Earth to the polar diameter of the Moon is 3.663 and vice-versa, the reciprocal ratio is 0.273 with more than 99.9% accuracy. This means the Earth and Moon system’s rotations and sizes are related in a reciprocal mathematical relationship.

Of course this is another example of what I have called “The Mystery of 273,” in this page out of Quantification.

The Mystery of 273 (update)

The Mystery of 273 (update)

Is what we call “conscious thought” incredibly rare in the grand scheme of things, relegated as it is to 2-3mm of neocortex on the surface of our brains?

We and all other organisms on this planet live in a thin biospherical shell 2-3 miles thick. The Earth orbits the Sun in the sweet spot where oceans are kept liquid and the planet retains a transparent atmosphere so perfect for astronomy and our survival. A planetary magnetic field and ozone layer shields us from the charged particles continually pouring out of the Sun, along with many variables conductive to life being fortuitously fine-tuned.

Our system orbits the center of the Milky Way galaxy in another sweet spot, a circular band where products of stellar fusion such as elements heavier than helium are plentiful enough, but star formation isn’t still so active that we are bombarded out of existence. In this light, consciousness appears to be a gossamer membrane, a rare and exquisite miracle in all the cold vastness of space. This membrane/shell structure is another Body—House—Cosmos homology if you think about it.


The following comparison highlights another possibility. The neuronal structures within our brains, roads (which evolved organically around Paris rather than through city planning as in much of North America), and the large-scale structure of the universe (simulated on the Max Planck supercomputer) all exhibit the same specific branching, filamentous pattern. Come to think of it, so too do mushroom mycelial mats, and maps of the entire Internet. What these disparate phenomena have in common is that they are all information processing networks.



If we view Paris from the level of cars, then roads don’t seem to be self-aware. If we view the large-scale structure of the universe from the vantage point of supercomputer simulations computed on Earth, it doesn’t seem self-aware. If we were able to view a neural structure from the point of view of electrons it probably wouldn’t seem self aware to them either, just a kind of electrical network.

However, when we use our own neural structure to introspect, then awareness is self-evident. It’s really a question of which way you are looking. If the universe looked inward, then it presumably would be self-evident that it is self-aware, including all its in-formation including suns, planets, cities, roads, people, neurons, electrons, etc.

The amazing thing is we experience this same self-awareness at our level. We are a microcosm of larger wholes and have microcosms within. Perhaps cells are also self-aware, coordinating the activities at their tiny scale. The organism of which they are a part wouldn’t seem to be self-aware to them at all. Talk about all that would seem like mere philosophy.


This is yet another example of the Body—House—Cosmos homology. The human built environment accessed by roads, our “House,” is a macrocosm of the neurons in our Body, and the large-scale Cosmos is a macrocosm of our House. It is the same form, harmonizing and coordinating information at vastly different scales.

The universe itself looks like it might literally be “the mind of God,” a self-aware matrix in the process of creating complex in-formation. Awareness is not rare, but the ground of being. There has only ever been, is, or ever will be awareness being aware of itself.

“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” -Max Planck in The Observer (1931).

That said, our limited manifestation of consciousness might be rare and in a way, precious. We live at a golden scale in the macrocosm.



However, our awareness doesn’t require human minds anymore than the Sun requires a candle for illumination.


Everything is sacred, everything is precious.

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