Published on June 11, 2007
Recursion, Variation, Symmetry & Survival
Another Big Idea !
Another Big Idea
Another Big Idea ! Look for the BIG-EYED-DEER
Another Big Idea ! Ahem… Look for the BIG IDEA
S C TI E TH ES A Van Gough’s Barber
CS I ET H ST E A Today: The Parthenon in Athens
Today: The Parthenon in Athens (Int.)
The White House
U.S. Supreme Court
Rendition of the Parthenon
“Beauty is Truth and Truth Beauty, That is All Ye Know on Earth and All Ye Need to Know.” Keats
A Post-Modern Journey Toward Truth and Advice for Progress
STATIC & DYNAMIC QUALITY
STATIC Same Stable Status Quo Theme Logical Chorus Classical Establishment Past Recursive Finite Traditional Symmetrical Republican ?
STATIC DYNAMIC Same Different Stable Unstable Status Quo Change Theme Plot Logical Emotional Chorus Verse Classical Romantic Establishment Populist Past Future Recursive Linear Finite Infinite Traditional Untradtional Symmetrical Amorphous Republican ? Democrat ?
STATIC DYNAMIC TASK: Provide an archetypal analysis of this scene using the meaning of the circular and spiral imagery in your interpretation.
STATIC DYNAMIC College Democracy Content Work Government Form Order Chaos Heart Living Dead Head Rest Revolution Pepsi ® Kids Back Front Stagnation Home Coke ® Monarchy
“In the survival of favoured individuals and races, during the constantly- WHO SAID IT? recurring struggle for existence, we see a powerful and ever-acting form of selection.”
“In the survival of favoured individuals and races, during the constantly- recurring struggle for existence, we see a powerful and ever-acting form of selection.” Charles Darwin (1809-1892)
Nature’s PARADOX: The ORDER is dependant on CHANGE.
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The ORDER is also dependant on CHANGE
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RECURSION and VARIATION IN NATURE
SYNESTHESIA Q: If we could see an echo, what would it look like?
Recursion is the property or quality of self-reference.
TONY SAYS… Recursion is the ULTIMATE EXTREME in SYMMETRY Any original variation is duplicated and never changes.
ST ST YL YL Q: Which literary E E AL AL term is the most ER ER recursive? T! T! ( TWO POINTS to YOU if you are the first to raise your hand and answer correctly… )
Dolly the sheep clone dies young
The first clone was named, after me…
It was called Dolly Lamb “A” ‘Cause I’m Number One!
Scientists Succeed in Cloning Human Embryo Most cloning is carried out by a process known as nuclear transfer, where the nucleus is removed from an egg and replaced with the nucleus of the animal to be cloned. Here, the nucleus is removed from a cell. NPR’S All Things Considered February 12, 2004
Click for Fractal Video
Click for Self-Recursion loop All M.C. Escher works © Cordon Art-Baarn-the Netherlands Development II 1939 woodcut in brown, grey-green and black, printed from 3 blocksIterative
Transcript of scene from Being John Malkovich Malkovich: Excuse me, exactly what type of service does this company provide? Man: You get to be John Malkovich for 15 minutes. 200 clams. Malkovich: I see (Malkovich runs to the front of the line. Man shouts “And no cutting, by the way!” A fight ensues, Craig breaks it up) Craig: Break it up, Break it up! Oh, I hope we didn’t hurt you Malkovich: Get inside! What the hell is going on? Craig: John! Mr. Malkovich! Sir! (Maxine laughs) . . . Mr. Malkovich I think I can explain Malkovich: Yeah! Explain! Craig: My name is Craig Schwartz, and we operate a little business here that simulates for our clientele the experience, well, well, of being you, actually. Malkovich: Simulates? Craig: Yeah, after a fashion. Malkovich: What exactly does that mean? Craig: Well, it’s hard to describe. Malkovich: I want to do it, then. Craig: Well, I’m sure it pales in comparison to the actual experience. Malkovich: I WANT TO DO IT! Craig: Well, right now, Mr. Hiroshi is in the tube Maxine: Let him do it, Craig. Craig: Of course, right this way Mr. Malkovich, compliments of the house. (Malkovich enters his “portal”) Craig: What happens when a man goes in his own portal? Maxine: We’ll see…
(Malkovich is sucked down the tube and enters his own mind) (Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich )
Recursion, Symmetry and Numerals SCHNAPPSZAHL???
Recursion, Symmetry and Numerals SCHNAPPSZAHL is A German word for a number containing a striking pattern of unexpected symmetry. We have no English counterpart.
Recursion, Symmetry and Numerals SCHNAPPSZAHL A German word for a number containing a striking pattern of unexpected symmetry : Birthdate: 04-04-44 Time: 11:11 a.m. Price tag: $19.91
What is… SYN TAX
SYN TAX 1 a : the way in which linguistic elements (as words) are put together to form constituents (as phrases or clauses) … 2 : a connected or orderly system : harmonious Merriam- arrangement of parts or elements Webster Dictionary
SYNTAX: from the Greek roots… SYN TAX Ταξις συν TOGETHER SEQUENCE / ORDER
Symmetry, Recursion and SYNTAX S C TI E TH ES A TASK: Create a creative, artistic rendering of your assigned literary term. Your artwork must clearly reflect the symmetry denoted in the term.
Symmetry, Recursion and SYNTAX TASK: Create an artistic rendering of your assigned term. Your artwork MUST clearly reflect the symmetry denoted in the term. iamb alliteration diazeugma anadiplosis prozeugma anaphora hypozeugma assonance epizeuxis auxesis polysyndeton blank verse chiasmus palindrome epistrophe trochee
Symmetry & VARIATION IN NATURE
Symmetry in nature
Symmetry without Recursion?
The Persistence of Memory 1931 Symmetry without Recursion?
Salvador Dali Surrealist Painter (1904-1989)
Why might underlying form be so innately appealing to us?
LIGHT, SOUND & MATTER have Common Origins
S IC S HY AP T ME
BIG EYEDEA from PLATO: Man, nature and the universe are connected in orderly ways not readily apparent to the senses.
BIG EYEDEA ???
Q: What did the Dalai Lama say to the hotdog vendor?
A: Make me One with everything.
BIG IDEA: Man, nature and the universe are connected in orderly ways not readily apparent to the senses.
Synesthesia: from the Synesthesia Greek roots syn (together) aesthesis (perception)
Now it’s time for a poem that really stinks…
“SYNESTHESIA” Ties can be loud Cheese can be sharp A note can Bb . But can you smell a rainbow harp?
CHROMATIC 1. A musical scale ascending or descending by semitones (half-steps). 2. Anything relating to or produced by color.
CHROMATIC 1. A musical scale ascending or descending by semitones (half-steps). 2. Anything relating to or produced by color. — ORIGIN Greek khromatikos, from khroma ‘colour, chromatic scale’.
CHROMATIC 1. A musical scale ascending or descending by semitones (half-steps). 2. Anything relating to or produced by color. — ORIGIN Greek khromatikos, from khroma ‘colour, chromatic scale’. Sound n’ colors have always been “tied” BOTH are measured in together. WAVELENGTHS .
Ya. Even Zins Zee Beeg Bang.
Very Distraughtening from Lumpy Gravy I HEAR YOU’VE BEEN HAVING TROUBLE WITH PIGS AND PONIES… Everything in the universe is, is, is made of one element, Which is a note, a single note. Atoms are really vibrations, you know. Which are extensions of the big note, everything’s one note. Everything, even the ponies. The note, however, is the ultimate power, … Frank Zappa You mean just we know that? Post-Modern Composer Right! (1940-1993)
W. Kandinksy (1866-1944) Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
S C TI Yes, there really is E TH symmetry and balance ES A in this “mess.” Modernist Composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
A key signature is a traditional way of establishing order in a composition allowing for uniform harmony among instruments. Modernist Composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
But the key thing, is that there is no key… Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
…signature in my atonal music. Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
A From Greek:. a-, short for apo quot;away from.quot; Gk. tonos quot;vocal pitch, TONAL raising of voice, accent, key in music,quot; originally quot;a stretching, taut string.” Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Q: So, without using the old rules, how can a modernist composer create order and avoid total chaos? Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
A: Go back to nature as the Greeks did, but this time, look around for some new natural, proportional rules to follow. Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
12-Tone Scale Modernist Composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Original tone row in “Prime Form” from Suite, Opus 25, Schoenberg Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Retrograde Form Notes are in reverse as in a mirror image.
Inverted Retrograde Form Inverted Form “Upside “Backwards and Down” Upside Down”
Original Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Must a work What’s the BIG sound or look IDEA? pretty for it to be beautiful? Opus 25 Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Nope. Opus 25 Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
And being BEAUTIFUL does not necessarily mean…
… being Pretty. “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. ”
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