PATTERN RECOGNITION AND THE
NATURE OF REALITY
Nature of Reality = the ultimate issues concerning the universe, time &
space. (paradigmatic scientific worldviews at that Kuhnian level as opposed
to everyday normal technological science.)
Pattern recognition concerning the universe: For centuries people were told that
earth was at the cosmic centre of the universe. It was indeed the common sense
position. In the 1500’s some progress was made as it was recognised that earth and
five other planets orbited the sun.
The middle ages certainly did not know how many planets were in our solar system
let alone that the solar system was only a speck of dust in the universe. Now we
know that even galaxies are specs of dust in the universe and that super massive
black holes are so massive that they could swallow whole solar systems. Such
progress expands the universe to such an extent that we now understand how
vastly wrong the worldview of previous centuries were. And now in 2013
theoretical thinkers within physics and cosmology speak about the possibility of
the multiverse, parallel universes and simulated universes. Within the context of
writing about ‘many worlds’ theory Rosenblum and Kuttner say that over
approximately a 600 year period we have been removed firstly “from the centre of
the cosmos to a tiny spot in a limitless universe” and now (furthermore) we are
beginning to be told that “the world we experience is just a minute fraction of all
But is that true? Are there a plurality of universes? Who knows… but pattern
recognition is the way that I make sense of things. Therefore some plurality of
universes theory is the patterned trend so it is my theory, yes. However I do not
think that the big Kuhnian issues are the most important ones. I think that the
technological trends in normal science that promise great technological medical
scientific advances and eternal life matter most. The cosmic questions to do with
the universe/universes, space/time, UFO’s, and so forth… are interesting
mysteries/puzzles and a good way to practice thinking and to keep your mind
This conclusion is about human pattern recognition in general.
Humans have excellent pattern recognition ability concerning faces.
In psychology typical complexes are recognised thanks to our pattern recognition
ability. We also recognise a pattern in someone else’s neurotic thoughts and
feelings. (e.g. over-reacting, obsessing).
Big Data is increasingly cited as the next big thing in science. i.e., computers sift
through mountains of data and the computer observes a pattern that enables it to
make a prediction. Big Data may be applied to crime in the future. Pattern
recognition is already crucial in criminology. Modus Operandi (MO) is all about
discovering a culprit’s guilt. MO equates to a distinct pattern concerning the
manner of working that comes to be associated with a particular criminal.
Criminologists have observed that whatever his speciality – burglary, murder, theft
– the professional criminal is very likely to adhere to a particular way of operating.
The evidence that convinced the police of the guilt of former BBC TV and Radio
personality, Stuart Hall, was based on his MO Pattern. His victim’s testimonies
brought the MO pattern to light. And the victims did not know one another. So
convincing was the pattern that Hall confessed his guilt.
Patterns and trends are also very well documented and known in areas of fashion
and pop culture. (such as the viewing figures of a TV show, or a music genre’s rise
In politics the voting patterns of various groups within society are well-
Last but not least, technological patterns/trends are so clear that there’s a new
science based on accelerated returns. Graphs are shown demonstrating the
acceleration of technological growth that is not linear, but is exponential.
None of what is said in this conclusion is proof for a plurality of universes. But it
slants my mind towards predicting a plurality of universes. After-all, there’s a
pattern within cosmology itself, away from the earth being at the centre of the
universe to our solar system and even galaxy only being the tiniest of specs in the
Pattern recognition is clearly at the heart of human intelligence.
Rosenblum, B & Kuttner, F, (2006) Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters
Consciousness (Oxford University Press)