To find out which sights specific neurons in monkeys ‘like’ best, researchers designed an algorithm, called XDREAM, that generated images that made neurons fire more than any natural images the researchers tested. As the images evolved, they started to look like distorted versions of real-world stimuli. (1)
Round and round we go. Trying to understand where we are by getting away from where we are. Can you find anything not made by wood inside a forest?
See the unnatural. It will catch your attention.
Not because it is unnatural.
But because of how natural it looks!
That is the greatest secret nature taught us. A secret we once knew. A secret we chose to forget. Look at the great mysteries of life. Behold the great occurrences of randomness inside a cosmos governed by change…
There is nothing natural… nature whispers in the night.
But we do not trust the night anymore. We worship the sun.
We opened our eyes to see. And we saw a different cosmos.
Stable. Full of patterns. Laws. Order.
We like that cosmos now. Too afraid to let it go.
But one day, we will sleep tired.
Floating on the silvery moon light…
One day we will dream again…
Knowing that light only creates shadows…
One day we will stand in the midst of nature.
One day, nature will look so unnatural…