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Nature by Numbers March 31, 2010

Posted by Michael in Nature Shit.
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Interesting video about nature and mathematical relationships.

(Maybe something about how God thinks as well.)

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1. Retired Geezer - April 1, 2010

Very good.
I had to watch it twice to put the knowledge in my brain.

2. Retired Geezer - April 1, 2010

Dragonfly Eyes are made up of Pentagrams.

The Pentatonic Scale has 5 notes.

Coincidence?

I think not.

3. geoff - April 1, 2010

Interesting link, RG. It made me look up “Slave Scale,” since I’d never heard that term before. Turns out that it’s bogus, as is the claim of African origin of the “Amazing Grace” melody. Still an interesting vid.

Another debunker.

4. Retired Geezer - April 1, 2010

Wow, I apologize for straying into ‘fake but accurate fake’ territory.
Thanks for doing the research, Geoff.

Holy crap, A*drew S*llivan and I both fell for it?

I just hope Michael doesn’t ban me.

5. Lipstick - April 1, 2010

I just hope Michael doesn’t ban me.

No way. If he did that the IB Wimmens would revolt.

6. TXMarko - April 1, 2010

You mean I just shed all these tears for …… Never mind.

IMHO, the pentatonic/slave scale thing does not detract from:

1.) Phipps and his awesome lifes’ work, and

2.) The fact that faith in God enabled countless numbers slaves to endure slavery until Freedom prevailed.

The Left LOVES to piss on anything that Conservatives hold dear.

This is one of those things.

Illigitimus non carborundum

7. Michael - April 1, 2010

I just hope Michael doesn’t ban me.

You’re on notice, mister.

Mostly for fooling me about which tractor you were taking pictures of. I did not like that.

8. BrewFan - April 1, 2010

I’m glad we have watchdogs like the Classically Liberal blog dude to protect us from the likes of Wintley Phipps. Can you imagine the damage that would be done to society if Mr. Phipps ‘implied’ the words to the song were written with the melody of a West African slave song floating through his head? That the words were later matched up to a song written on the pentatonic scale is irrelevant, I’m sure. This was the best line though: “Wintley Phipps is a black vocalist. He is also a Seventh Day Adventist minister — in my opinion that indicates he is prone to believing myths.” This was a close second: “A lot of people on the Religious Right have pushed the idea that Newton’s conversion to Christianity turned him from slaver to abolitionist.” I’m sure the Classic Liberal blog dude gave us an impartial, factual analysis of the situation. I thought it was interesting, though, that Mr. Phipps said he had done some research at the Library of Congress and lo and behold the history of the song has its own website! (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/grace/grace-home.html). That sure sounds like something somebody who is trying to pull the wool over our eyes would do, doesn’t it?

9. geoff - April 1, 2010

That sure sounds like something somebody who is trying to pull the wool over our eyes would do, doesn’t it?

But Phipps misrepresented the entire history of the song, as shown by the site you linked. Classically Liberal may have taken some undeserved shots at religion, but Phipps invented a mythology that is clearly untrue.

10. BrewFan - April 2, 2010

but Phipps invented a mythology that is clearly untrue.

He apparently didn’t ‘invent’ it. A cursory google search turns up many people who have subscribed to this legend including that beacon of the religious right Bill Moyers in the special he did on the topic.

With all the things that need ‘fact-checking’ in this world I’m suprised this little video would get so much attention.

11. NanG - April 2, 2010

The spiraling system of the Nautilus illustrates the Fibonacci numbers.
They are always so lovely to the eye because of the Golden Rectangle which is created at each of the whole number’s edges as the spriral grows.

Lovely video.

12. geoff - April 4, 2010

He apparently didn’t ‘invent’ it.

It was “slave scale” that he invented.


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