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Does nature actually abhor anything?

  1. Aug 19, 2011 #1
    There's a saying that nature abhors a straight line. It's not totally true because crystals have straight lines.

    One thing I don't recall seeing in nature is a knot. Is there an example of a knot in nature? Does nature abhor a knot?
     
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  3. Aug 19, 2011 #2

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    The crystal appears to have straight lines, but I think if you were to examine it closely enough, you would see that its edges aren't straight at all. :devil:

    :biggrin:
     
  4. Aug 19, 2011 #3

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    If you examine lianas or any other clinging plant that has tendrils, like grape vines, you'll see plenty of knots.
     
  5. Aug 19, 2011 #4

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    A vacuum. I'm not fond of them, either.
     
  6. Aug 19, 2011 #5
    What about the vacuum of space?
     
  7. Aug 19, 2011 #6
    Ritual
    Well established hierarchies are not easily uprooted;
    Closely held beliefs are not easily released;
    So ritual enthralls generation after generation.
    Harmony does not care for harmony, and so is naturally attained;
    But ritual is intent upon harmony, and so can not attain it.
    Lao Tzu
     
  8. Aug 19, 2011 #7

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    Nature abhors your face
     
  9. Aug 19, 2011 #8
    But ritual occurs all the time in nature.
     
  10. Aug 19, 2011 #9

    lisab

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    Nature hates space.
     
  11. Aug 19, 2011 #10

    turbo

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    My wife loves vacuum. She has bought a half-dozen of them in the last 35 years. The last one was a high-end Miele. I sincerely hope that is IS the last one.
     
  12. Aug 19, 2011 #11

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    Okay, so your wife sits and gazes admiringly at her clean vacuum Miele contraption, while you are ordered to pick the dust grains up by hand?
     
  13. Aug 19, 2011 #12

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    She will happily vacuum, but Duke and I need to go for a nice ride in the Honda truck for our own piece of mind.
     
  14. Aug 19, 2011 #13
    There sure is lots of it for something nature hates.

    And about straight lines, light travels in a straight line, at least sometimes, doesn't it?
     
  15. Aug 19, 2011 #14

    turbo

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    Perhaps an infinite amount of it. We don't know. If nature abhors it, nature is slacking.
     
  16. Aug 19, 2011 #15

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    A change in magnetic flux.
     
  17. Aug 19, 2011 #16

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    She might try to vacuum Duke if she got the chance??
     
  18. Aug 19, 2011 #17

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    perhaps, but I brush him with a de-shedder every day. We get along OK.
     
  19. Aug 19, 2011 #18
    To be clear by knot I mean a loop with one end poked through like you would tie in a piece of string. I've looked at vines and stuff but haven't seen an actual knot. I'll have to look again.

    Nature also seems to abhor a climbing vine that twists clockwise around whatever it's climbing (in the northern hemisphere anyway). Seems strange because if it was following the sun it would be CW instead of CCW.
     
  20. Aug 20, 2011 #19
    That's a contradiction. Nature is by definition spontaneous.

    Rituals are by definition artificial and contrived. The peacock does his dance to attract a mate, but it instinct and not ritual.
     
  21. Aug 20, 2011 #20
    monopoles :P
     
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