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PHI - The Golden Ratio

On one of my daily excursions in cyberspace today I stumbled upon another great example of PHI - the golden ratio.

The Golden Calipers 

He goes on to Adriana Lima's mirror image composite: 

I decided to try it myself, with another construct. Since PHI is actually based on geometry, and it's easiest to construct PHI from a pentagram, I made the following:

Applied to Adriana's face it works good enough...

 But the real epiphany comes when you turn it upside down!

I applied it to Sasha Grey's face:
 Hmm, hardly an epiphany:

So are we just shoving triangles and rectangles around on a face, trying to find an association?
That would be an exercise in pure confirmation bias and illusory correlation.
I therefore tested it, I tried many other shapes, from rectangles to circles and triangles of various sizes.
The human mind is an association machine, and after many different shapes and sizes I could not find any profound associations or correlations. PHI, the golden ratio fits the best, with these two faces.
And that's what it's about isn't it?
Our IDEAL of beauty.
We take Adriana Lima and Sasha Grey and transpose some golden ratios on them and - basta! - the definition of beauty.

Well not quite, not for me at least, I still think beauty is better left undefined -- purposfully.

In closing I invoke the drawing god -- Jack Hamm:

 The eyes have it?

The only drawing book you will ever need -- guaranteed!

Der Fischer

Goethe's "Der Fischer" was about more than just some guy fishing.
In four short sections he explores the mysteries of life and death, the sway of the sun and moon and the interplay between feminine and masculine. I admit it is pretty "vanilla", I would prefer a little more violence and death and destruction...
Der Fischer - Dedicated Page

Annuschka - Symmetry Study

It's really interesting, nay I would actually say fascinating when you take a mirror image of your face and make a new composite image.

I think the "Annuschka LH" composite image is the nicest.

Many many many countless scientists and philosophers have tried to define BEAUTY - and to this day there is NOT one single satisfactory definition.

Albrecht Dürer tried using "Symmetry" as his key indicator for beauty, and in my opinion failed miserably. No, it was not a fail, it was simply a perfect demonstration and recognition of the condition.
So actually his experiment was a success - it just didn't yield the results he wanted.

The challenge of all scientists and researchers - to accept the truth and data as just that and NOT interpret them.

Beauty is impossible to define - it is indeed better left undefined!

The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things

Thus, constantly free of desire
One observes its wonders
Constantly filled with desire
One observes its manifestations

These two emerge together but differ in name
The unity is said to be the mystery
Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders

Annuschka Base

Annuschka LH Composite

Annuschka RH Composite

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