Curves of Nature and Nature of Curves

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Curves of Nature and Nature of Curves
What this actually is is not all that important. I have increased the contrast to emphasise only the curves here.

The point is why most of the things in nature are curved? why not rectilinear? While gravity explains curved pebbles on a river bed and I am not sure whether it explains why petals of a flower are curved too (may be it does?). Why curved objects have greater aesthetic appeal than rectilinear objects? I think it is not a subjective taste in general (none of Apple's products are rectilinear in nature unlike products made by some other companies which don't sell as much). Why is a curve perceived more beautiful in general? Is it because mind has a more healthier journey tracing the contours of a curved object from one end to other while journey along a straight line is boring for the mind?

What is mind then?

Can mind answer that?
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Commentby Rajkumar on Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:03 pm

Essential Flower :)
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There was an experiment by a famous neurologist ( V Ramachandran- Phantoms in the Brain ) in terms of shapes associated with sounds. Specifically, a sounds like "Booboo" and "Kiki" . Independent of cultural factors, age, education etc all people associated "booboo " with soft cloud shape and "Kikki" with sharp-edged shape. these seem to be hard wired . Does not answer your question though !!

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Commentby dinesh.ramarao on Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:28 pm


Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:11 pm

Curved or straight, its a shape only formed in the 2 dimensional space. Its design and form is apparent only In the 3 Dimensional space when we get above the FLAT. But here is the tricky part we actually exist in a 4 dimensional space!!! And wonder how they would show up in that dimension? And What wondrous shapes of the 3 Dimensional world we would be confronted in that dimension?



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Commentby Mahesh Devarajan on Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:19 pm

Remember reading a while back curvature and shape of leaves is one of nature's way of achieving optimal packing so that max number of leaves have exposure to sunlight required for photosynthesis. This was again a theory. Lot of unanswered questions. So many things in life we contemplate and after a while take it as given for the sake of "moving forward".

On a different note the sense of mystery in this image suddenly reminded me that neelakurinji bloom must have started on the slopes of western ghats. :)

Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:08 am

Essential flower or Lord Ganesha, whatever .. I would love to let myself carried away in it.
Tfs.

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Commentby nirlep on Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:50 pm

A roller coaster ride really ..from image to words and back. To my mind the reason could be economy of space since a sphere requires least surface area to enclose a given volume. Not sure though if flatter shapes were tried by nature in its evolutionary journey. Also in the whole shape-gamut sphere turns out to be the most space neutral...Harsha's fourth dimension appears to be growth. Time accumulates in expanding shape and form...