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« on: April 13, 2011 10:08:40 AM »

Don't know what the golden mean is? neither did I before last night.

I am going to grad school for counseling and I have a really great teacher for archetypal psych. He was explaining how there are repeated themes (or archetypes *wink wink*) in nature. For example take the golden mean which is a ratio 1:1.6 something something something. I think Pythagoras found it but I'm not very clear on that. Doesn't matter. Whats cool about this ratio is that it appears everywhere in nature. To prove it he took out a Golden Mean Caliper and showed us how the ratio shows up on our bodies, and even in the art we were doing.

For example look at you index finger. The length to the tip to the first knuckle: the length of the first knuckle to the last knuckle is the ratio 1:1.6......

I'm not explaining this well but the pictures will help.

Anyway I was looking at this incredibly cool device and thought to myself. I need one of those. I made this one out of cardboard and covered it in paper to make it prettier. I got the middle measurement wrong mostly because I used a drill to make the holes and that was an imperfect process. Picture the middle red piece being longer.

This was just a first draft. A can't wait to get to a hardware store to make one out of stronger material.

Oh and I found the plans here. http://www.quantumbalancing.com/goldenmeantemplate.htm

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And even a wall hanging. Apparently as humans we just can't help but make things in the golden mean.

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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2011 11:10:20 AM »

Science and Art play so nicely together! 

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2011 11:45:30 AM »

very cool! I love the idea of that...I think the first time I heard of it was during the Da Vinci Code craze. LOL at your cat!

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2011 02:39:43 PM »

Neat compass. That 60/40 ratio also pops up naturally in music. It's literally in our nature.

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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2011 08:39:58 PM »

This is fascinating! I love it.

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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2011 05:24:27 AM »

That's terrific!  I love all the examples you included...it really illustrates the idea!

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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2011 08:37:25 AM »

That  was interesting, I have read about that a long time ago, will try to find more info on the proportion.

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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2011 10:16:09 AM »

I just learned something new today! - Thanks! I need one of those thingys....

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