13a: Patterns: Order

EUC NMC Lecture 13: Patterns Pattern, as Gombrich explored in his Sense of Order, is one of the underlying goals of artsistc and cultural expression. One of the ways of achieving this goal is using simple numbers, usually in the range of 1 to 10 and then creating analogies with a number of domains. In India, for instance, we have the: 7 rays of the sun 7 sacred continents 7 sacred rivers 7 sacred mountains 7 sacred islands 7 wise men etc, So the simple numbers serve as a starting point for a complex set of relations at a number of levels of reality. There is a much deeper level here that needs to be stidied. The Lo Shu diagram (China) has a magical square that uses exactly the same numbers as the magic sqaure of the Hebrew Cabala. The Vastu Purusha Mandala uses 8 x 8 = 64 squares as does the chess board. This points to a deeper level of homo ludens.