ART & ORGANISM
“Nature seems to be built on patterns, and looking for these patterns is the primary preoccupation of artists and scientists alike[i] “What’s beautiful in science is the same thing that’s beautiful in Beethoven,” says [the physicist Victor] Weisskopf.
“There’s a fog of events and suddenly you see a connection. It expresses a complex of human concerns that goes deeply to you, that connects things that were always in you that were never put together before.” (K.C. Cole in Sympathetic Vibrations: Reflections on Physics as a Way of Life.
“Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.” (Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues (1954) 10 June 1943)
“Episodic memory capacity requires several processes, including mnemonic discrimination of similar experiences, termed pattern separation, and holistic retrieval of multidimensional experiences given a cue, termed pattern completion. Both computations seem to rely on the hippocampus proper, but they also seem to be instantiated by distinct hippocampal subfields.
PATTERNS apparently exist at all levels of organization–not least (considering our interests in A&O) neuronal, behavioral, social…
- PROKARYOTIC MEMORY: READ “The cognitive cell: bacterial behavior reconsidered,”by Pamela Lyon. The mechanism used by single cells that challenge the traditional idea that memory resides in changes in multi-neuronal patterns of synaptic strength or connectivity between neurons: quick overview reported by Catherine Offord (2021)in The Scientist
[i]. Searching for patterns is searching for harmonies: the medieval ideal, according to Joseph Campbell (1972): “accord between the structure of the universe, the canons of the social order and the good of the individual.” Williams James (1902) said, “. . . the religious life consists of the belief that there is an unseen order and that our supreme good lies in harmoniously adjusting ourselves thereto.”