We humans are very good at spotting patterns. Finding patterns is such an interesting two way process. They are there in the world around us but we also develop a sort of sensitivity to particular ones. It’s like having a heightened awareness to certain patterns so we focus on them over other potential ones. Maybe one of the main things the right hemisphere of the cerebral cortex does is create patterns. After all, its predilection is for the betweenness of things, the connections. But our left hemisphere plays an important role here too. We use it to separate things out. I’m not sure we could see any patterns if our left hemisphere didn’t do its work of separating, abstracting, recognising and categorising.
I find patterns of three very appealing.
I particularly like triskeles, those simple Celtic knots created by intertwining three circles, or by spiralling out three arms from a central point.
But here’s something I’ve never seen before – three acorns growing in a beautiful pattern of three. Isn’t it wonderful?
A moment of “émerveillement” for me.