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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

An Asymmetric Fly in the Ointment of Perfect Symmetry

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“The material world may, at some level, lie beyond comprehension, ... No one has yet fathomed how the universe seems to know when it is being watched.”
23 October 2009 by Ivan Semeniuk, Waterloo
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“The fundamental meaning of everything is classification.”

What is reality, really? It comprises a flotilla of asymmetric knots in a sea of symmetric fabric. The so-called "Big Bang" that ushered in our universe was a fluctuating transition through a knot-free fabric (i.e., a perfectly symmetric state).

Fluctuating from the sublime to the mundane, sentient beings seem to be a microcosm of the cosmos that senses "when it is being watched". And we are all perfectionists to varying degrees, on a scale of [0,1] (exclusive of the end points). The fundamental driving force of our existence is perfection of symmetry. One manifestation of such a driving force is the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

There exists a well-known personality type, namely "perfectionist". But as with everything else that "exists", that "classification" is relative. Those classified as perfectionists are just more nearly perfectionistic than others.

I have often been told that I am a perfectionist. I suppose I am, recognizing that everyone else is too, to a greater or lesser degree. Some of my perfectionist inclinations are akin to what some psychologists label as Tourette syndrome.

If, for example, my dinner napkin is not folded "symmetrically", I will re-fold it before I begin eating. You can set your clock to it, assuming you are into time.

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