Binary vs. Spectra

The digital world is binary: made of 1s and 0s, discrete bits and bytes. The organic world is made pretty much entirely of spectra — a continuum or gradient along which multiple states or options exist. It is fluid and boundaryless in a way that makes the “real” world constructed fundamentally differently from the digital world. Put another way, the two do not have the same elementary particles, or laws of physics.

Spectra entails:

  • gradients
  • nuance

Most of reality and physical phenomena is comprised of spectra; rigid discrete systems are rare.

Simple people need simple answers — but the world is complex. It doesn’t quite translate — like the graininess of a classic GIF, the truth has been downsampled to be comprehended, for some.

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