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CHAOS THEORY & THE ÆTHER

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Chaos Theory:

is a branch of mathematics focusing on the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions. "Chaos" is an interdisciplinary theory stating that within the apparent randomness of chaotic complex systems, there are underlying patterns, constant feedback loops, repetition, self-similarity, fractals, self-organization, and reliance on programming at the initial point known as sensitive dependence on initial conditions. The butterfly effectdescribes how a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.

 

 

Unlike fixed-point attractors and limit cycles, the attractors that arise from chaotic systems, known as strange attractors, have great detail and complexity. Strange attractors occur in both continuous dynamical systems (such as the Lorenz system) and in some discrete systems (such as the Hénon map). Other discrete dynamical systems have a repelling structure called a Julia set, which forms at the boundary between basins of attraction of fixed points. Julia sets can be thought of as strange repellers. Both strange attractors and Julia sets typically have a fractal structure, and the fractal dimension can be calculated for them.

 

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Aristotle believed the four physical elements (Fire, Water, Earth, Air) were changeable, and Alchemist ran it from there.  

The belief was that metals were living, growing beings and could change into other substances. Metals were all composed of the four elements, but were in opposite stages of maturity during their journey to Spiritual Perfection.

 

The theory, then, was that by distilling a substance down to its elemental form and creating the perfect balance and proportions of the different elements, you could purify matter and transmute one substance into another. The ultimate goal was to turn immature base metals like lead into higher metals like gold by releasing their perfect state, or Quintessence.  

 

 

 

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One of the best-known European alchemists, the 16th-century Swiss physician Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus, called the aether element “the substance of stars and souls.”

 

Isaac Newton, a passionate Alchemist, described it as

the perfect Elixir ... our gold ... red virginal milk most fragrant and healthy.” In essence, it was a pure and perfect spirit concealed in all things—both chemically and spiritually.

 

The alchemists’ quest for gold wasn’t just about metallurgy, though. This was Christian Europe, after all, and alchemy’s aims were spiritual as much as chemical. Metals and mortals could both be made more pure by freeing that little bit of divine spirit hidden in nature. Purification represented humans striving to perfect the soul. Achieving gold was like knowing God. 

 

The holy grail of alchemy was the legendary philosopher’s stone, which wasn’t a stone at all but an elusive substance that could isolate the pure essence of a material and transmute it into something else, namely gold. In the medicinal corners of alchemy, it was also known as the elixir of life, a universal cure that could bring eternal life. In a sense, the Stone was the physical representation of the concept of perfection, or quintessence itself. In fact it was sometimes called the lapis aethereus, Latin for “Æthereal stone.”

 

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Prima materia, materia prima or first matter, is the omnipresent starting material required for the alchemical magnum opus and the creation of the philosopher's stone. It is the primitive formless base of all matter similar to chaos, the quintessence, or æther.

 

Prima Materia is sometimes attributed to Aristotle.

The earliest roots of the idea can be found in the philosophy of Anaxagoras, who described the nous in relation to chaos.

(Empedocles' cosmogony is also relevant.)

 

According to Anaxagoras all things have existed in some way from the beginning, but originally they existed in infinitesimally small fragments of themselves, endless in number and inextricably combined throughout the universe. All things existed in this mass, but in a confused and indistinguishable form. There was an infinite number of homogeneous parts (ὁμοιομερῆ) as well as heterogeneous ones. The work of arrangement, the segregation of like from unlike and the summation of the whole into totals of the same name, was the work of Mind or Reason (νοῦς).

Mind is no less unlimited than the chaotic mass, but it stood pure and independent, a thing of finer texture, alike in all its manifestations and everywhere the same. This subtle agent, possessed of all knowledge and power, is especially seen ruling in all the forms of life. Its first appearance, and the only manifestation of it which Anaxagoras describes, is Motion. It gave distinctness and reality to the aggregates of like parts. Decease and growth represent a new aggregation (σὐγκρισις) and disruption (διάκρισις). However, the original intermixture of things is never wholly overcome. Each thing contains in itself parts of other things or heterogeneous elements, and is what it is, only on account of the preponderance of certain homogeneous parts which constitute its character. Out of this process arise the things we see in this world.

 

Arcane Alchemists describe the prima materia using simile, and compare it to concepts like the Anima Mundi.

 

Anima Mundi: according to several systems of thought, an intrinsic connection between all living things on the planet, which relates to our world in much the same way as the soul is connected to the human body. 

Plato adhered to this idea and it was an important component of most Neoplatonic systems: 

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Therefore, we may consequently state that: this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence ... a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related

-Plato, Timaeus

 

 

I will be arriving at my desktop soon. I will clean this up a bit and continue.. Stay frosty Fellow survivors! this post will update with juiciness shortly 😎🤫🤫🤫

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Lol, how coincidental: I got my examsabout math (including this Chaos Theory) within an hour. All I know is that it has something todo with iteration and I might gonna screw everything but hopefully not. Anyway, after this and cellbiology almost holiday yay!

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On 12/18/2018 at 12:51 AM, anonymous said:

Lol, how coincidental: I got my examsabout math (including this Chaos Theory) within an hour. All I know is that it has something todo with iteration and I might gonna screw everything but hopefully not. Anyway, after this and cellbiology almost holiday yay!

Much much more in-depth and straight forward research and analysis coming. CODZ we as a community are the reason there is a Story. Treyarch feeds off us here and they are starving! 

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