Fractal Form and Intelligence

A fascia (/ˈfæʃ(i)ə/; plural fasciae/ˈfæʃii/; adjective fascial; from Latin: “band”) is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs.[1] Fascia is classified by layer, as superficial fascia, deep fascia, and visceral or parietal fascia, or by its function and anatomical location.

Looking at medical textbooks and illustrations may give the illusion that parts of the body can be separated into distinct pieces, but this is only a tool for convenience of teaching. In reality, the body is a continuous and interconnected unit, and this is made most obvious by looking at the fascial tissue. If you have ever peeled an orange, the skin blends into the pith, which blends into the actual fruit, all the way to the core and seeds.

While the idea of fascia helps make this point, in medical terminology it is still regarded and examined separately from the central nervous system, individual bones/organs, and individual cells. For this article, let’s take away this separation and examine the entire body as a continuous web – and understand that it is intelligent.

From the insides of individual cells, to the networks of cells, to the structure of bones and organs, all the way to the entire human form: It’s just webs inside of webs, a fractal pattern on different scales which form the entire body.

A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos. Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals. For instance: trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds, seashells, hurricanes, etc

Of course, by the definition of a fractal, this pattern extends deeper than cells and larger than the physical body – but let’s stay within those two boundaries for now. Most people are under the mistaken impression that intelligence is entirely contained within the brain, but even a basic anatomy textbook dispels this notion: The central nervous system extends down the spine and across the body, and its branch in the gut (called the enteric nervous system) is shown in research to be very influential in decision making and mental state.

(Article is a work in progress)