The Health Benefits of Having Your Mind Blown

The Dish recently posted an excerpt of Cayte Bosler’s study showing “the residual health benefits of having your mind blown”. The gist: experiencing awe makes you feel like you have MORE time, makes you LESS impatient and MORE willing to help other people. And our favorite: it makes you more strongly prefer experience to material goods.

So we thought we give you a dose of awesome right here and now with some everyday things that are made of fractals, the mysterious patterning mathmatician Benoit Mandelbrot spoke so eloquently about: geometric shapes, whose pattern splits into reduced copies of the whole, over and over. The mountain ranges and rivers in the Andes, above, exhibit branching fractal shapes. As Mandelbrot said:

Bottomless wonders spring from simple rules, which are repeated without end.

…The bottomless wonders of fracetals can be witnessed in Romanesco broccoli…

Feliciano Guimaraes. Creative commons via Feliciano Guimaraes Flickr

Feliciano Guimaraes. Creative commons via Feliciano Guimaraes Flickr

…a snowflake…

Creative commons via Gui Seiz Flickr

Creative commons via Gui Seiz Flickr

…trees (“Fractal Precipitation gives way to fractal foliage”)…

Photo by Petteri Sulonen. Creative commons via PrimeJunta Flickr

Photo by Petteri Sulonen. Creative commons via PrimeJunta Flickr

See more everyday AWESEOME here.

With thanks to Susan Dworski, who alerted us to Fractal Shapes and the natural world.

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