Elementary patterns

The setting of patterns is the subject of Ethology and Human Ethology.

The founder of Ethology, Prof. Konrad Lorenz, made the research of patterns to become his main subject and received 1973 the Nobel Prize in recognition “for discoveries in individual and social behaviour patterns”. Hopefully, it is possible to follow this noble ethological path and widen this subject by researching the roots of patterns, the elementary patterns, by looking far behind us into prehistoric evolutionary development.

Pattern setting itself is a natural act to establish and preserve the own entity against dispersal. Elementary Patterns are set following first time experiences as a general rule and with repetitions that are refined. It is not a privilege of organic life; it applies throughout the whole cosmos. If a squared piece of broken granite from sediments underneath is reaching the surface on Earth and is exposed to sea and winds at the shores, it will slowly be round shaped in many years and by letting the elements smooth over the surface and reducing therefore its resistance to natural hostile forces it preserves itself temporarily. The same pattern is applied in the setup of the Universe – celestial bodies, not younger comets or asteroids, mostly are round shaped. We cannot say that round shaping is a creation of the square rock; equally organic life doesn’t create its own patterns to exist. It is a natural law.

Patterns are reducing the variety of choice but strengthening assertiveness and especially speed to react. This means they could morally and ethically be ambivalent and not easy to categorize, but they are efficient for a short while or lasting life long.

Oscillating electromagnetic waves are fiercely battling with the inertia of matter. Substance is put under high pressure by gravity and this unimaginable high pressure which is only to comprehend through mathematical formulas, absorbs time and space: this is the Black Hole.

Forming of patterns is not an invention of organic life. Like the ripples at the beach, the flying leaf in the wind or rounded stones, patterns are appearing to be useful to develop – at least for a prologend time – to protect the own entity which natural elements at the end will still destroy. Our very human patterns have been copied very clearly from unorganic matter.

A repetitive aesthetic form is this picture of the rolled up tail of a salamander; similarly shaped to the foetus,galaxies or ammonites.

Photo by Michael Taylor


The crystal of a snowflake is a mathematical miracle.

Photo by Kenneth G. Libbrecht (SnowCrystals.com)


This is very imaginative photo of a tree-like spreading Dentritic pyrolusite mineral which could also represent a fossilized plant.
The question may be raised who has copied whom. It must be the plant who copied, because the mineral is so much older. But it shows the plant disposes of the same pattern. Photo: Aramgutang Solenhofen/Germany


This piece of Quartz grows as well in a geometrical shape. However, remarkable is it grows mirrorlike to both sides – right and left. Photo: Didier Descouens Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon

An eruption in a giant and fiery inferno, faster than the speed of light, triggered possibly by electromagnetic radiation and the high pressure: this is the Big Bang which started 13.82 billion years ago. Incessant stretching, kneading and hammering of inertia results in activation of defence mechanisms and formulates solutions to survive: these are elementary patterns.

This eternally lasting wrestling between such forces like matter and radiation, has been and is is part of the biological cell’s elementary pattern in order to secure, in between those forces, its own existence. This has been astonishingly successful in so far as the biological cell life had survived the last 4 billion years. Very likely dates the existence of cells further back; very likely is the existence of cells much older. Following this research, Elementary patterns could reach up to a time of the Big Bang, even before the Big Bang, however, there is a speculative element included. Deciphering the oldest genetic records it shows circumstances which are equalling the events of the Big Bang; because timed records are not there that are required – like a puzzle – to put tediously the single characteristics of events together and assess the age more accurately.

It is difficult to decide if biological multicellular units or singly living cells belong to matter or are they part of the dynamics of electromagnetic radiation? Obvious is the foundation of organic life rooted in inorganic realms and that ‘directions’, for instance, are closer to the field of radiation.

They appear to be made out of matter but their drive is dynamically orientated and this is part of the realm of radiation. On a whole, multicellular life or single cell units are a combination of both elements from where they are inheriting characteristics. They were forced to use elementary patterns out of the realm of inorganic matter as tools to survive, and therefore would it be explainable that vegetatively they are close to matter and not the dynamics of radiation. On the other hand it appears very odd, that radiation adapts to orientation on matter based patterns. It is imaginable that electromagnetic radiation forms its own orientation by shaping inertia. In a matter-less Universe, radiation would be lost in chao; it would disappear. In a radiation-less Universe, matter would just shrink through gravity to a point of nothing. This happened before the Big Bang and radiation has been the trigger for such a giant galactic explosion.

It could be assumed that in galactic periodical Aeons these two powers are alternating their dominance. The pre-Big Bang period appears to be characterized by rule of matter – leading to the Black Hole, absorbing time and space . After the Big Bang, it is the ruler-ship of radiation which expands in light speed and hurls matter in all directions. At one stage in the far future, the power of radiation will shrink and the whole Universe retracts again.

We are living now in a stage domineered by expanding radiation and reshaping inertia. This means the creation of patterns are defence mechanisms for inorganic matter and organic life but more it means substantiated creation of harmonies and order. It is touching to see shapes and figurations naturally made from the confrontational encounter of these two forces, like ammonites or limitless differing beautiful geometric crystals of snow flakes.

What else is distortioned radiation other than the exit point to shape inertia of matter into harmonies; similar to challenging organic life through fateful shake up to reach a perfect order?

One would not imagine that organic life initially did turn up suddenly. It is a long process of trial and error and viewing the length of time for the development from inorganic substances of primitive self replicating semi cells to the modern Eukaryote cells, it has to be understood that this has just not been possible on Earth: fossilized cells have been found aged about 3.5 - 4 billion years, 500 million of years after the Earth was created and this is just not believable.

This process of mutant trials up to self-replicating organic life may have needed under those circumstances, further billion of years.

Also one has to think that processing (through photosynthesis) and ‘reproducing’ (through cell division) didn’t necessarily evolve parallel. In contrary, it is very unlikely. Therefore, it is questionable as some scientific pre-set assumption, that it must have happened on Earth and for both functions at the same time, appears to be not realistic. (There is the ‘clay-hypothesis’ by Cairns-Smith, which as originator of life seems to be overtaken by recent research results. In scientific research, frequently are theories discussed which already disqualify themselves and still it takes years to prove officially to be wrong). It appears, however, more realistic to view, the long-winded development of photosynthesis or other means to absorb outside raw materials and to convert these into energy supply as one step over 500 or 1000 million of years. It was very likely the first step of independent life.

One other step has been the ability to hibernate for hundreds of millions of years, an extreme form of adaptation facing extinguishment at any time; an elementary pattern which still today influences us when facing mental hopelessness to ‘switch off’, to fall in forgetfulness.

This first semi organic life must have been so plentifully spread, that it survived without raising the question of reproduction similar to other growing inorganic substances like minerals. Parallel but not congruent with nutrition and hibernation, at least, may have taken place the incredible far reaching evolution of replication, for instance, by means of dividing the own entity. These three elementary patterns have not been created at the same time. The last step – replication - also will have taken a lengthy time – probably many hundred millions of years - involving trial and errors as with any other development. This means the life of single cells may have lasted longer but more likely, that the very beneficial environment was the creator to produce permanent new simple ‘life’. This theory appears to be logical and follows other developments.

For instance, minerals grow under the influence of temperature, pressure and ‘feeding’ substances. Life starts with mutations only if forced; degenerating developments how we observe them today in our welfare state, don’t lead to mutations. As the species didn’t spread any longer so plentiful naturally by creating new units of life through growth, transforming biochemical substances and radiation, it had to find ways to replicate itself and by painfully dividing itself is a tremendous solution to gain in-dependency.

A second thought is that environmentally dependent individual life had been forced to reproduce its species, progressing the previous non-reproducing habits. As this appears to be the case the new life had always to be connected to the ‘mother’ plant as otherwise it would not have noticed the increasing difficulties to produce new life. This means that new life grew with help of favourable environmental conditions out of the existing cell and may have later started to create its own points of fixation to the ground. Early cell life must have spread like a carpet on the ground like today some plants are still doing, including large trees by root propagating. The advantage of cell division is that it was less dependent upon the ground and took herewith steps to become mobile.

What could have happened,is that the ground was not any longer secure and this is precisely the genetic message we are able to decipher before the long Nirvana like hibernation.

Cells of plants are Eukaryote cells what means plants are a product of the Earth like animals. However, their build is not the same. For instance, vacuole and cell walls are adapted to the needs of photosynthesis and regulation of sap distribution. Cell division happens as well. This tells us that plants are, generally viewed, returned to the original style of propagation and in the same time have kept sexual reproduction as an alternative after having settled in a suitable environment. However, they are fixed to the ground of their settlement, whereas animal cells never return to the original background of reproduction, but they exchanged the advantage of mobility against limiting their mode of spreading.

Important for the subject of this writing is that organic life had been evolved out of inorganic matter and that these two have been hardly distinguishable for a very long period,

that elementary patterns are of inorganic origin and have been adapted by organic life,

that biological cells of simple build are existing already many billion of years, probably had been created before the Big Bang event ( and it cannot be excluded that highly developed life existed before the Big Bang but probably didn’t survive the event),

that plant and animal life are created here on Earth one billion of years ago and are operating with elementary patterns which are based on previous galactic, mostly inorganic, experiences.

The general observation is that the sequence of events are not genetically memorized as a gradually timed run. The earlier they are originated the shorter are the distances of memorizing. Still,such distances of memorizing appear not in the shape of clustering at one point also for events reaching far back. In other words, also the Big Bang with all preliminary stages, took many million years to take shape.

At least, the memorized event which can be deciphered today is comparable for the historic cell as a World War III using all available arsenals of nuclear warfare. Of course, these visible facts of extreme catastrophes could also relate to later periods of equal impact, they are not marked with a time table, and this can not be excluded. An event like the Giant Impact Theory – the collision of the young Earth with a planet and resulting in the creation of the Moon – is visible at a later stage. Important for deciphering is the memorized origin: The first huge and largest catastrophe has been created from ‘underneath’, the second here mentioned catastrophe (Giant Impact Theory) shows that it is an event from the ‘outside’.

Let us see the creation of patterns and their qualities with respect to colours. Sensors of cells are putting a very small scale of electromagnetic waves over to our interpreting brain and we are translating these wavebands to be sensed as colours. Colours are presenting motivations like energy, drive, trust and creativity, just to name some outstanding expressions of life, which mirror the manner towards events.
One other subject are climates: prehistoric cells were able to differentiate if hotter climates are originated from positions of the Sun or from volcanic eruptions inside the earth, from local fires and the danger of burning to death. And vice versa, it applies for cooling down or flooding and drought periods.

Cells sense that their lack of food supply relates to worsened environmental conditions or to competitiveness with other cells, from periodical shortages or from inability to digest the food offer.

There are big numbers of different memorized developments and the analysis is not complete yet, partly the experience of analytical decoding is to be improved; partly the preparation of the figure work needs refinement. All these events of a very far past have created elementary patterns in our senses, like memories, which reappear in the shape of behavioural patterns still today and it is observable, that more often reactive or proactive behaviour is orientated more on relating patterns than the factual events around us. It is like a far away sound of thunder at a disappearing thunderstorm and we still look out for shelter.

This research is driven to identifying patterns as patterns are collective archaic experiences. In every second in our life patterns are guiding and initiating every step in our life. Without them we would shrink lethargically. Most activities are happening without our conscious knowledge like organic functions. Only a few patterns are accompanied by our subconsciousness and fewer even by consciousness.

Patterns that are consciously applied are called reasoning, but again, those logical reasons change completely already every next morning or after years. It is like we are moving in a foggy sphere and, really, we don’t know the steps forward and equally looking back, everything disappears in the dust of biased opinion.

The number of patterns is countless, we are concentrating this research on main patterns, calling them elementary patterns.

One elementary pattern is the setting up of individuation. Individuation is not connected to the mode of feeding or self replicating. If we look at the crystal of a snowflake we have to admit it is clearly a picture of individuation, putting aside any thoughts of spiritual contents or consciousness. It is made from matter and shaped by waves of radiation. Individuation is an elementary pattern. It has been there before organic life came into being; it is a part of the wholeness of the cosmos. It is immortal as not being dependent on the fate of organic life. But, ultimately it may be vulnerable in its existence if the balance between matter and radiation changes completely and more so, if both disappear.

Individuation is the own entity and therefore limited by borders. If we accept this statement, then we can state, that individuation is affected by radiatory influences, the specific matter and the ground of its settling place. We are expressing individuation still today as vitality or survival instinct, and as ability to hibernate, even for few hours only.

The term instinct is a popular word for automatic reaction. It was Professor Konrad Lorenz (1903 – 1989) who explored only fifty years ago that instincts of animals are not rolling along coincidentally but following certain fixed stimuli, for instance, like rituals of courting.

As this is an ‘automatic’ phenomena nobody asks further questions; however, even a comparatively simple ‘instinctive’ reaction of a person requests a very fine tuned and individualized sequence of decisions for billions of cells to do it right and our mind is blurred about such small or larger processes; that something of more or less importance is happening is mostly completely bypassed by the conscious mind.

Professor Lorenz recognized that set patterns are responsible for instinctive actions and are not reversible plots. The question, what patterns are and where they are from, how they are distinguished from each other ? had only been superficially covered in this writing. For us, it is important to note that patternised plots in different forms of organic life are comparatively more fixed than for primates. This means the cells of intellectually higher developed animals are of the same quality as for simple life forms but their genome requires an improved organizational structure to allow a finer tuned reaction. And this, again, is ruled by patterns. Human kind is ruled by fixed patternised plots as well, but it is less obvious for them to recognize this as for a species of simpler animal structures. (Typical is the common expression: “a foreseeable reaction of somebody …”, because we know precisely this person follows the plot of a fixed pattern in its response to a given challenge). This means generally the basic structure of (elementary) patterns remains unchanged, but further developed organisms are enabled to refine their follow up reaction and hide, if recommendable to them, their basic pattern, for instance, behind a cloud of diplomacy. For example ‘trust’, which is an elementary pattern, remains unchanged for an animal and it is there or it is not, but it is clearly expressed. A person may not trust somebody, but with its top layer of refined pattern it is able to pretend to be trusting, but it and takes the opportunity to hit out at an unexpected moment of advantage and strength. Another person may trust somebody, but it searches suspiciously that there are no tricks, pretends not to trust, because it knows that pretensions are common, and if everything goes alright, especially in an emergency it confirms its trust.

This common habit in our culture could be extended with so many other typical examples when elementary patterns are clashing with refined patterns. No question, this is one main reason for the huge increase of mental and organic stress followed by illnesses and diseases like they were never before in human history. The cells try to apply for what they are stand, but this is undermined by pretensions, complacency and parasitic social/cultural constraints. Cells are crippled and get ill.

Eukaryote cells have the same highly developed structure for all animal organisms and a different one for plants (photosynthesis) but the genetic code differs between all of them. The quality of cell framework and the genetic code is a very individual matter and besides the existing intellectual difference between simpler animals and primates (primates include human beings) the subject of quality is established since prehistoric times.

It is not unusual to state rightly about a developed specific animal, it has a ‘noble character’ and one could state about a specific person, it has not a noble character at all. This as noble characterized animal will not change its fixed pattern of a given plot compared to other less noble animals of the same species. The noblesse of character, for instance, is not what attributes to superiority of human race; it is the application of rational intellectuality.

Patterns are like geological sediments containing fossilized objects. We are recognizing, that noblesse (character) or cowardice are much older patterns than the mindset expressed by the quality of intellectuality or the expression of romantic feelings.

The earlier mentioned individuation is one of the very old patterns in these layers of sediments; it is of inorganic origin. The older a pattern is the stronger it is rooted and influential for life events. It is a subject for itself to analyse the age of patterns and to add to the study of historic developments.

The quality of patterns varies not only between animals and human beings, it varies also in between members of the same species. The back bone of western society is the egalitarian conviction that all mankind are the same. This conviction cannot be held upright. They are by far not the same. It is one of the fundamental errors.

The individual framework of coordinated cells – the genome - reflects the stored and memorized quality.