Mathematics and Mysticism
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Here is a good site that explains the mystical fluff surrounding fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio:

http://www.lhup.edu/~DSIMANEK/pseudo/fibonacc.htm

An extract:
Quote:A search of the internet, or your local library, will convince you that the Fibonacci series has attracted the lunatic fringe who look for mysticism in numbers. You will find fantastic claims:

* The "golden rectangle" is the "most beautiful" rectangle, and was deliberately used by artists in arranging picture elements within their paintings. (You'd think that they'd always use golden rectangle frames, but they didn't.)
* The patterns based on the Fibonacci numbers, the golden ratio and the golden rectangle are those most pleasing to human perception.
* Mozart used f in composing music. (He liked number games, but there's no good evidence that he ever deliberately used f in a composition.)
* The Fibonacci sequence is seen in nature, in the arrangement of leaves on a stem of plants, in the pattern of sunflower seeds, spirals of snail's shells, in the number of petals of flowers, in the periods of planets of the solar system, and even in stock market cycles. So pervasive is the sequence in nature (according to these folks) that one begins to suspect that the series has the remarkable ability to be "fit" to most anything!
* Nature's processes are "governed" by the golden ratio. Some sources even say that nature's processes are "explained" by this ratio.
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#2
One of my good friends is completely bat shit crazy about this stuff. He connects the fibonacci sequence to the whole 2012 thing, on top of all the other stuff mentioned in the standard conspiracy theories. The amusing thing is that given the nature of the series, we find exactly what we'd expect to find in nature, given what we know about the way certain biological developmental processes take place in nature.
"Fossil rabbits in the Precambrian"
~ J.B.S.Haldane, on being asked to falsify evolution.
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#3
I have read your post its really good.I think it's safe to say that the Fibonacci sequence, golden mean, and golden rectangle have never, not even once, directly led to the discovery of a fundamental law of nature.Tries to deduce God's existence from the trans-empirical existence of mathematical reality.
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#4
Dan Brown is to be blamed for filling people's heads with all this woowoo..

It is sad that while Deepak Chopra faces the brunt of our anger, Dan Brown remains relatively untouched.
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(21-Jun-2010, 03:57 PM)dsriharsha Wrote: Dan Brown is to be blamed for filling people's heads with all this woowoo..

It is sad that while Deepak Chopra faces the brunt of our anger, Dan Brown remains relatively untouched.

Well, Danbrown at least has the balls to call it fiction - it is people who have their brains filled with shit who'd like to take it seriously. Not so with Chopra. He is a downright Devil2
Murthy

"Credulity kills" -- Carl Sagan
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As per my review there is a fundamental dualism between the material and spiritual worlds -- between the physical and metaphysical, between science and religion, between logic and intuition, between rational and irrational.
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(23-Aug-2010, 11:47 AM)peterjames12 Wrote: As per my review there is a fundamental dualism between the material and spiritual worlds -- between the physical and metaphysical, between science and religion, between logic and intuition, between rational and irrational.

Dude, are you one of those spammers who post generic comments and advertise their services in their signature?
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(23-Aug-2010, 09:58 PM)Lije Wrote:
(23-Aug-2010, 11:47 AM)peterjames12 Wrote: As per my review there is a fundamental dualism between the material and spiritual worlds -- between the physical and metaphysical, between science and religion, between logic and intuition, between rational and irrational.

Dude, are you one of those spammers who post generic comments and advertise their services in their signature?

It turns out 'peterjames12' is a bot. Has been deleted.
"Fossil rabbits in the Precambrian"
~ J.B.S.Haldane, on being asked to falsify evolution.
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