Four “polyhedra” defined in the Jitterbug: 14-sided cuboctahedron, 20-sided icosahedron, 8-sided octahedron and the 4-sided tetrahedron.
After 25 years of model building, what does Fuller’s Jitterbug tell me about the interconnectedness of basic geometry?
Bucky Fuller was right, thinking does have a geometry and thoughts indeed have a shape. These are Fuller’s two main memes.
A meme is defined as a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes. Thoughts and things share a common geometry.
The problem we face in understanding these two memes is the traditional language of fundamental structure lacks any clarity or precision when you try to couple both thoughts and things into one structural order, ‘one-complete-thought’, a “solid” thought.
IF thinking has a geometry and thoughts have a shape THEN we need to crowd source a new language of basic structure. On this blog, the two most important qualities of this new language are:
Defining, measuring, mapping and building physical models of the primordial interconnectedness of basic structures. Primordial means constituting a beginning.
Defining, measuring, mapping and building physical models of the genealogy of initial structural growth.
We can fold all of the complexity of our structural reality back to the very beginning of the idea of structure. All structures in our built environment can trace their ancestry back to the four structures of the Jitterbug.
It is my hope that each post can start a conversion with other people interested in crowd sourcing this new language. I will define new words that may be used as a ‘place holder’ to start the ball rolling.
Today two new memes:
The hyper-symmetry of the tetrahedron
The hyper-integration of the 90 degree triangle
Instead of using hyper as a prefix implying excess or exaggeration we will change its meaning to imply the most fundamental expression of its root word.
So hyper-symmetry is a both/neither fundamental symmetry that exists at the mid-point between simple symmetry and asymmetry.
Hyper-integration is the most fundamental form of integration that achieves maximum inter communication between the parts that are essential in defining a whole.