Magic happens at the boundary.

It seems as though our physical senses cause a flattening of reality. Immense, complex forms pass through our flattened world and we imagine we know them; We fool ourselves and mistake the glimpse of a shadow, for the entire picture. Power of logic and dexterity of thought have become master in our film-like reality, but … Continue reading Magic happens at the boundary.

Time travels both forwards and backwards in the ‘way of wyrd’

The world tree ‘yggdrasil’ stands at the centre of Norse cosmology. At its roots lies the nourishing Well of Urd (Wyrd in old English) Here time is cyclical. ‘Water’ flows up from the well into the tree, then drips down from the leaves back into it, to begin the cycle once more. The ‘well of … Continue reading Time travels both forwards and backwards in the ‘way of wyrd’

Merciless and pitiless Zurvan ‘creates’ the marvellous illusion of movement.

Time is the impersonal driver that creates the illusion of movement. It provides a passage where the difference between one state and another can be viewed. Iterations are piled up, one on top of another. Only the immediately previous state needs to be saved; This provides the base for the next iteration. The science of … Continue reading Merciless and pitiless Zurvan ‘creates’ the marvellous illusion of movement.

The strange attractor that pulls the strings of chaos from phase space

The Lorenz attractor Edward Lorenz was looking at the phenomenon of rolling fluid convection. The physical model of this is simple: place a gas in a solid rectangular box with a heat source on the bottom. The gas is heated from below and cooled from above. To mathematically model this, he simplified a few fluid … Continue reading The strange attractor that pulls the strings of chaos from phase space