# More Terms: The Nature of Reality & The Science of Oneness – Introduction & Terminology

### Biocentrism

- Mainstream scientists propose that life is just an accidental byproduct of the laws of physics.
**Biocentrism, on the other hand, is the view that consciousness creates the universe rather than the other way around**. — Robert Lanza M.D. - Robert Lanza M.D. is a chief proponent of this paradigm. In 2014, Lanza was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world among other honors.

### Fractals

Unfortunately, there is no definition of fractals that is both simple and accurate. Like so many things in modern science and mathematics, discussions of “fractal geometry” can quickly go over the heads of the non-mathematically-minded. This is a real shame, because there is profound beauty and power in the idea of fractals. The best way to get a feeling for what fractals are is to consider some examples. Clouds, mountains, coastlines, cauliflowers and ferns are all-natural fractals. These shapes have something in common — something intuitive, accessible and aesthetic. – **Jack Challoner**

- The word “fractal” was coined in 1975 by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, who came to be called the “father of fractal geometry.”
- A fractal is a rough or fragmented shape (as distinguished from a sphere or cone, for example) that, if viewed from various distances, appears “self-similar.” (source) If a fractal were to be split into parts, each would be a reduced-size copy of the whole.
- For example, a frond is a miniature replica of the whole fern. More examples include clouds, snowflakes, crystals, mountain ranges, river networks, lightning bolts, and systems of blood vessels.
- Technically, fractals are defined as having “infinite intricacy,” “zoom symmetry,” “complexity from simplicity,” and “fractional dimensions.” (Each is explained here.)
- A key teaching of fractal mathematics is that there are patterns, order, in apparent disorder or chaos.
- This order doesn’t diminish the stunning beauty of the world, but rather offers inspiration:

Notice that the shape of the fern is intricately detailed. Remarkably, you can see that the leaves are shaped like little copies of the branches. In fact, the entire fern is mostly built up from the same basic shape repeated over and over again at ever smaller scales… Fractals can be found everywhere in the world around you, from a humble fern to the structure of the universe on the largest of scales. Even certain parts of your anatomy are fractal, including your brain… Fractal mathematics not only allows us to begin modelling the shapes of nature, it can also reawaken our childlike wonder at the world around us.– **Explainer: What are Fractals**

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Fractal math can find order within patterns that seem unthinkably complicated.

**–Fractalenlightenment.com**

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The chaos and irregularity of the world — Mandelbrot referred to it as “roughness” — is something to be celebrated. It would be a shame if clouds really were spheres, and mountains cones… The fractal mathematics Mandelbrot pioneered, together with the related field of chaos theory, lifts the veil on the hidden beauty of the world. It inspired scientists in many disciplines — including cosmology, medicine, engineering and genetics — and artists and musicians, too. The whole universe is fractal. – **Jack Challoner**

### The Holographic Universe

Here we are not discussing holograms or holography per se, but rather the science and implications of what is called the holographic universe, the scientific theory that the universe employs holographic principles in its operations. The evidence and theory were initially published by David Bohm, which he further described in his book, *Wholeness and the Implicate Order*, first published in 1980.

- Of course, the stunning revelation in this science is that since a holographic image is a kind of illusion that the universe as we know it is also a kind of illusion.
- But arguably just as powerful in this theory is that underlying the reality we experience is a “deeper order of existence, a vast and more primary level of reality that gives birth to all the objects and appearances of our physical world in much the same way that a piece of holographic film gives birth to a hologram.”
- Another extraordinary aspect of holographic order is its nonlocal properties. (See definition above.)
- Also called holographic paradigm, holographic model, holographic analogy, holographic metaphor and holographic theory.

When something is organized holographically, all semblance of location breaks down. Saying that every part of a piece of holographic film contains all the information possessed by the whole is really just another way of saying that the information is distributed nonlocally. Hence, if the universe is organized according to holographic principles, it, too, would be expected to have nonlocal properties. – **Michael Talbot**

### Noetic Sciences

- Apollo astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell founded the Institute for Noetic Sciences (IONS) to bridge science and spirituality in a systematic study of the nature of consciousness. (source)
- The noetic sciences are a framework for a deeper understanding of our inner worlds, our shared reality, and the interconnection between all things. (source)