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Application of Fractals in Society

What is a practical application of Fractal Geometry?

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I watched a movie on Fractals. It seems to me that such thinking is useful when creating new technologies. But I wonder beyond that.

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Before I talked to any of my friends (comments above), I wrote a reflection on my blog straight after watching a movie.

Now I realise that any topic can be interpreted in many ways: I have quite different points on my individual reflection and feedback from my friends. That makes me think that thinking individually and collectively are both important.

// “Albert Einstein refused to believe in a dice-playing deity. He wrote a letter to Max Born in which he said, ‘You believe in a God who plays dice and I in complete law and order.’ So, he obviously felt that chance and deterministic laws were not compatible. He preferred the deterministic laws. Now, what the Mandelbrot set and chaos and related things have done for us is to show that you can have both at the same time. It is not whether God plays dice that matters. It is how God plays dice.” — Prof. Ian Stewart (46:00) //

  • Curious about randomness and order. What can we learn from Fractals to have more fluidity in our human lives and as society?

I asked Mansoor yesterday "how our projects can be fractal?" His answer was that it's project-specific. But a general idea is: "Elements can sync together to create a whole greater than its parts".

We had a fantastic exploration with Struppi! We played with spheres and vectors as magnets, and how they connect with one another into stable structures.


  • 2 as a minimum system ("you cannot know thyself without the other")

  • Spheres as inside/outside/boundary ("no boundary between a human and nature because we're a shared air")

  • Life having many forms (polyforms)

  • Polycentric structure ("everyone can be a center of the Universe")

  • Triangle as a balanced relationship (example of tiny spheres as a cube and as a tetra)..

We plan to continue exploring and go further: take general principles of synergetics and imagine practical examples of how would our world look like if tetrahedron is the basic structure vs cube (how would a city look like? a community? and so on)