planetary spirals


water cycle
Hydrological Cycle

ocean currents
  OceanCurrent Rhythms
    


1. RHYTHMS IN HUMAN NATURE



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Planetary Nature

     Look at it ecologically. That’s where it starts. We live in a vibrating world whose waves and rhythms surround and course through us. The length of the day, the seasonal cycles of light and dark, variations in solar radiance, geomagnetic, electrostatic, hydrodynamic and many other frequencies are in our makeup. The month is in the menstrual cycle, the day is in the sleep/waking cycle. Even the simplest cyanobacteria have circadian clock genes.6    All organisms without exception live by rhythm. 7
     Arthur Winfree described the coupling of environmental rhythms to the rhythms of life this way:

“We began with daily time organization in a piece of rotating machin-ery none of whose parts (mountains, oceans) has an intrinsic daily rhythm; but coupled together and pulling one another along in se-quence, they constitute a clock. We passed through wide-ranging studies of chemical life-forms evolved on the surface of that clock, finding many chemical oscillators.”8
   
     Many of them move in frequencies associated with the hydrological cycle: ocean currents, tidal movements, temperature change, barometric pressure, evaporation, weather and climate.
                   
      Rhythmic influences are as fundamental to life as are the atoms of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen that give it mass. However, they are not, strictly considered, material entities. They are processes, patterns of movement that ride on matter. Our gait is rhythmical, our heart and breath interact rhythmically. Respiration inside the cells is rhythmical. Catabolism and anabolism, sodium/potassium transport through the cell membrane, nerve conduction, and the acid/base oscil-lations in blood chemistry all have oscillatory characteristics, reflecting prebiotic solar and hydrological rhythms (See # 24-26.)
     When we reach out to say or do something our words and gestures are pulsatile and move in specific frequency ranges. Every spoken word that comes out of us we deliver on an exhalation; the heart registers every arousal, and all musical tempos pulse at heart rates from largos of 40 BPM to prestos of 240 BPM. Melodic phrases follow breath lengths. All the rhythmic patterns of music conform to locomotion, gestures and dexterity. Every larger pattern of behavior that builds from these components in every animal species, from mating to feed-ing, fighting and healing, plays out rhythmically, with wave fronts interfering and entraining each other, amplifying, reflecting, diffracting, all in pulsatile movements that we can quantify by frequency and amplitude and locate in phase relationships to other oscillators in nature.Whitehead
     It is not the case that waves are secondary to the sea, or the heartbeat to the heart, or the spoken word to the vocal cords or music to the instruments that play it.
     If you make this wrong assumption, you commit what Alfred North Whitehead called the fallacy of misplaced concreteness.






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