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‘SAM,’ - Stafford Beer

August 29 2016, from 17:13

“Patterns—rigid or chaotic—are the stuff of the universe … Therefore of both art and artifacts … The rigid patterns do not change at all. Wallpaper patterns, the triangle of the Sistine Madonna, the proportions of the Parthenon, the shape of a fugue—of a ballade—are like the pattern of an engine, of a computer, of an aircraft. Chaotic patterns change eternally: A waterfall or a thunderhead, the scurrying of ants, clouds, wind and sea—Atonal music and action painting, mobiles and the Aeolian harp are matched in science by the alpha-particle, the collision of gas molecules, the noise of the radio star."