Aside: Standard Feedback

Below is an image of an ecological feedback loop, showing the necessity of all four steps in the circle:


The flow chart below shows the cyclic ‘going-around-and-coming-around‘ in the mathematical form of an iterated algorithm.

rules-and-domains-001We follow along the circuit to see that an input X is received/PULLed and processed/TRANSITIONed by a rule/algorithm applied to it, after which a result/output {f(x)} is exported/PUSHed into the Domain from which a subsequent input will seed another cycle, or iteration.

Before we had computers to perform algorithms, the alchemical illustration below effectively symbolized feedback in the form of an ouroborus:


The two animals in the second drawing below are giving us clues about the dual dimensions, or domains, in which they cooperate.  The creature with wings symbolizes the realm that is skyward/heavenly.  This is the dimension of metaphysical consciousness, our upper quadrants.   The one without wings must maneuver on the earthly plane of physical corporeality, our lower quadrants.

Mens Group May 19 2014.011 As a Lepidopteran metamorphoses, it illustrates this same above-below dynamic in a single life-span: a larva/caterpillar is an earth-bound, belly-crawling consumer who must endure pupation to become the adult butterfly/Imago who can then fly the heavens, drink nectar and have intercourse to propagate the species.

Let us follow the circularity of the dual expressions of inter-dependent creatures in the lifespan of a lepidopteran:

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The two critters are balanced and stabilized together, as are our own embodiment and enmindedness.

Creation/OUTformation and INformation require and render each other. 

A loop is formed.  The end takes us back to the beginning.

Tao te Ching, Chapter Fourteen, states:

Stand before it and there is no beginning.  Follow it and there is no end.

Inter-Dimensional Feedback

M. C. Escher cleverly represents yet another sort of double feedback loop.  He depicts three-dimensional hands, each one illustrating, in two-dimensions, its own forearm.

escherEntity/Systems are thought to operate in three-dimensions; however, their representational data may be fully preserved in two-dimensions.  Here are three additional examples of how the contiguous dimensions are related:

  1. In making a hologram, records of wave interference are captured on film (2D) and then projected into ghost-like entities (3D) that can be observed in the round.  YouTube Link
  2. The quantity of data within a black hole is proportional to the surface (2D) of the event horizon, not the volume (3D).  2016 paper published by Stephen Hawking claims that bits of data recorded on the surface of black holes make each black hole distinct from others.  As the black hole evaporates, the ejected photons can carry with them some of this stored data.
  3. In art, three-dimensional scenes are often represented in two dimensions, using the technique called perspectiveLink to awesome 3D sidewalk art

In both images below, the feedback between Mother and Father conjoins their dual dimensions/domains.

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In the larger image to the left above, 2D surfaces are coiled together into 3D heads, representing the causal Subjects, Mother and Father, who are connected at both top and bottom (upper and lower quadrant relationships).

The image to the right above shows the Female Subject, as She observes Her partner from the metaphysical domain (upper quadrants), and the Male Subject, as He observes His partner from the physical domain (lower quadrants).

Objective OUTput Becomes Subjective INput

The couple is inextricably entwined.  Each partner is inversely related to the other.

Matter OUTforms Father’s Patterns

Patterns INform Mother’s Matter

The partners’ opposing forces are in counter-balance. 

The Object of one gender is received by the Subject of the opposite gender:

  • The actual/Created Corporeality Objectively becomes Informative to the Informable Subject (whoever/whatever may encounter it) by way of Mother’s Matter.
  • The actual/Informed Consciousness/Mind becomes Creative by way of Father’s Patterns (Objects in Mind) that can seed the raw/unformed Creatable Matrix of Matter.

Here we diagrammatically illustrate feedback relationships between the Male and Female partners, who perform functions that modify the input from each other into output for each other:


In their Private Nighttime Relationship (upper quadrants), the Creatable Female Subject Pulls/chooses a seed from the INformed-Creative Domain of Patterns.  After Her gestational Transition the InformerMother PUSHes an Informative energy pattern into the lower Domain to possibly become Created/OUTformed Matter.

In their Public Daytime Relationship (lower quadrants) the Informable Male Pulls/chooses what ‘matters’ to Him in that moment.  In Transition, what matters to Him, matters for Him.  Thus, Father is Matter‘s Creator as well as its meaning-maker.  The Pattern that represents His choice/encounter is Pushed/emanated back into the upper Domain, INforming it once again with Creative Patterns.

Complex Feedback Systems

When many entities are involved, rather than simply a single compatible pair, feedback systems can get pretty complex.

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Pull * Transition * Push is present throughout all feedback systems, regardless of how extensive or intricate they become.


More about complex dynamical systems in the upcoming chapter on The Lattice.