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Saidi Ngutu

Water, Sanitation and Environmental Engineer, Netwas International

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Why are man-made creations so symmetrical?

Why is this world so symmetrical, have you ever thought about it? Nature and all man-made things have to be symmetrical. Did 'God' have an obsession with symmetry which has translated to everything we create? Is it because our minds, symmetrical in nature, can only understand objects in symmetry?

This idea has troubled and puzzles me everywhere I turn. As i write this, my laptop, my phone the plate next to me, the bottle of coke on my table all this objects are so symmetrical yet each unique in its own way serving a different purpose. Maybe something beyond us created this universe of things so symmetrical that's why we are obsessed with perfection, thrive in order, and relate to the normal of symmetry.

I am quite new at TED and was wondering if anyone has ever explored this peculiar existence that cuts through nature and the man-made objects.

Topics: philosophy
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    Oct 14 2012: Symmetry is in the laws of nature. It would take completely different laws of nature to change all of this natural symmetry in the universe.
    • Oct 16 2012: Your statement is very clever one. However maybe it is only science and we human beings think that symmetry is in the laws of nature. I am very sceptic about our furthest science development, because I do not think we have understood nature fully. How would you describe the development of science and human capabilities to understand Nature as symmetry? What if everything in microworld is assymetry but in macroworld we see the as symmetry ?
      With deep regards,
      Andrey

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