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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Phi.

In philosophy, more specifically Metaphysics, there exists a sequence of numbers called the "Fibarelli" sequence. Popularized by the Da Vinci Code, this sequence is created by beginning the sequence at the integer 0, and proceeding to add a singular value to the original. The next number in the sequence is then the sum of the previous two. So for example, the first few fibarelli numbers are: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89... and so on.

This sequence is remarkable in several ways:

First and foremost, it only progresses past nil once two iterations of the singular have been entered, and the first result: one divided by zero, is discarded to continue the sequence.
My metaphysical guess? "Life is Motion: Forward." This sequence only applies directly and naturally to living things.

Secondly, once past the discarded nil return at the beginning, each number divided by the previous yields a progressively more specific, and similar ratio, and this result is called "Phi", and was discovered by the ancient Greeks, among others, no doubt.

So, for example:
3 / 2 = 1.5
5 / 3 = 1.666 (repeating.)
21 / 13 = 1.615 (repeating.)
89 / 55 = 1.618 (repeating.)

And from there it only becomes a more exact iteration of 1.618.
So Phi, found mathematically and metaphysically, means nothing alone. But! when you search for Phi empirically, you FIND it in every living thing.

Would you like to guess the ratio of the various main parts of the human body? Ding! 1.618!

Check out more places you can find Phi at these websites, should you wish:
http://www.summum.us/philosophy/phi.shtml
http://powerretouche.com/Divine_proportion_tutorial.htm
http://www.mcs.surrey.ac.uk/Personal/R.Knott/Fibonacci/phi.html

Now that I have given you all a little background on Phi, I'd like to know what you think about its implications. Consider, that there is a mathematically constant ratio found in every living thing.

Nature as we understand it is not sentient, nor a mathematician. So how to explain this number?

*NB:* I did not just finish reading the Da Vinci Code, FYI, so rule that out as motivation for this post.

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