Patterns and Metapatterns

Ordinarily we think of patterns as rather superficial repetitive designs with no particular function or meaning. However, the real "power" of patterns and pattern thinking lies in understanding the functions and meanings of patterns that are fundamental to our biophysical world, our minds, cultures, and technology. Pattern thinking crosses disciplines and contexts and probes into the depth of connections and interactions of various kinds.

Metapatterns, a term coined by Gregory Bateson, in particular are broad, overarching patterns. Tyler Volk explored such patterns in greater depth in trying to identify such broad patterns as fundamental to evolutionary convergence and divergence. Further information, along with a list of metapatterns, are available through the links, below.


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