Asynsis | Form follows Flow

•May 26, 2011 • 1 Comment

Hong Kong Spin


Asynsis | Dynamical Symmetries

(Good) Form follows (True) Flow

BREAKING: May 2015 

New Computational Complexity Science Theories (including in Quantum Gravity & Consciousness models), emerge featuring Asynsis-Constructal  Universality Geometries:

“The designs we see in nature are not chance. They rise naturally, spontaneously,
because they enhance access to flow…”

(any flows – including of: information, energy or matter)

Adrian Bejan

SynPlexity: Synergising Simplexity – Sustainable Emergent Critical Design
The areas of synthesis between complexity sciences, fractal geometry and the golden mean’s behaviours in dynamical systems over time: leading to an argument for an architectural design approach based on beauty, analogy, synesis and optimisation via emergent, contextual, vernacular-informed yet contemporary environmentally sustainable design. Where the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts.

Draft Issue 2.0 (Peer-reviewed by the Corresponding Editor of  Nexus Network Journal Professor Vera W. de Spinadel and amended/elaborated upon in 2011 from the 1994 original published in AD magazine, John Wiley & Sons London)


E8 & Asynsis: Elementary, (Exceptionally) Simple, Beautiful

•November 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

E8 Particle Explorer


Connection Curvature Action Possibility


Maui Archipelago


Garrett Lisi & Nigel Reading @ PSI

E8 Verdurous

E8 Verdurous

E8 Pukalani

E8 Pukalani

Broad Boulevards of Possibility

E8-Feigenbaum diagram: Asynsis Optimal path to Universality?

I’m very honoured and grateful to have just visited the Pacific Science Institute in Maui, Hawaii and to hear from theoretical physicist and avid adventure sports avatar, Garrett Lisi that Asynsis geometries are also a key “elementary” signature fundamental to the Exceptional Lie groups behind his E8 Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything – an alternative (and still evolving), unified field theory to String and Membrane theory. As Einstein said to Le Corbusier on the Asynsis geometry Modular: “…it makes a difficult job easier.”


Corbusier & Einstein @ Princeton

So are we on the “Dao of Design: Form follows Flow” path to Einstein’s “…Simple and Beautiful” principle of the universe?


Connection: describing elementary particles in space time by rotations of E8 over space time

Curvature: the way the connection changes over space time

Action: the magnitude of the connections integrated or averaged over space time

Possibility: the quantum probability of any connection configuration of particles in space time

Classical: all possible combinations weighted by the complex action, averaging all probabilities so at large scales irreversibility settles on a classical path for entropy production, universality and emergent complexity via the principle of least action.

To speculate (solely on my part), these quantum gravitational E8 geometries, derived from icosahedral dual dodecahedral Platonic polyhedra, may yield (via closely related Penrose tessellation geometries, via multi-scale resonances), Universality phenomena in Classical physics – to allow for the evolution of complexity most optimally, for the least energy cost.

So here’s how we’re raising Simple, Beautiful & Green design awareness and action in the Asia-Pacific, with our Dao of Design ToE: the Asynsis principle – where Greek Beauty meets Chinese Fortune – as shared on TED at TEDxWanChai, with RIBA Hong Kong & as invited by UKTI 10 Downing St GREAT Festival of Creativity.

ASYNSIS presents @ UKTI GREAT Creativity Festival + RIBA Talk! Pecha Kucha, PMQ-Hong Kong

•September 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Flowing Better Together

Flowing Better Together





GREAT Creativity Pecha Kucha

RIBA-UKTI GREAT Creativity Festival Pecha Kucha Talk


Entropy begets Design – QED

•September 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment
The Asynsis Golden Ratio Period 2 Julia Set

The Asynsis Golden Ratio Period 2 Julia Set

How Does Nature Play with Complexity to Evolve Creation?

QED – The Golden Ratio imbedded in Feigenbaum-Mandelbrot’s icons of Complexity 


Design is an emergent property of and irreversibility and entropy.

First conjecture that Φ-Phi is an asymptotic convergence constant in both the Feigenbaum diagram and Mandelbrot sets published in AD Magazine 1994 Architecture & Film issue.

Confirmed proof of this prediction delivered in paper published in 2006 (see Physics Letters A paper PDF above).

Asynsis principle therefore proposed as describing optimal, analogical geometric signatures of principle of least action emerging from quantum gravity E8 and EP=EPR geometries, via quantum criticality and Feigenbaum Universality.

Complexity increase in nature can then be seen as ultimately – a result of a geometric imperative, as an evolutionary, asymptotic convergence in open dynamical systems that explains the phenomena of emergence via dynamical systems Universality.

Continuing further descriptive evidence revealed with each new exemplar of the Constructal law of Design in Nature & Culture, E8 & ER=EPR theories, Universality-Tracy Widom distribution-Benford’s law, KAM theory, Self-Organised Criticality, Nash Equilibrium, Edge of Chaos, Phi-IIT and Orch OR theories.

So the classical-scale Constructal law describes thermodynamic flows.

While the Asynsis principle describes the optimal, analogical information-geometric signatures, the forms that result from those flows. (Good) Form follows (True) Flow.

So once again, design in nature and culture is an emergent, optimal, analogical property of irreversibility and entropy.

Confirmed proof in 2006; Asynsis principle describes optimal, analogical geometric signatures of principle of least action via Universality, which is conjectured to be a classical analogue of the quantum superposition, thereby optimising a system’s information processing, predictive inference, sustainability and adaptive resiliency capacity.

Definitive further evidence emerges with each new exemplar of the Constructal law of Design in Nature & Culture.

Asynsis principle 1st published  in AD Magazine 94

Asynsis principle 1st published in AD Magazine 94

Feigenbaum diagram: From Areas to Points & Points to Areas - Broad Boulevards of Possibility

Feigenbaum diagram emerges from E8: From Areas to Points & Points to Areas – Yielding Universality: Kauffman’s “Broad Boulevards of Possibility”

Φ-Period 2 Julia Zoom

Φ-Period 2 Julia Zoom

Mandelbrot Set

Mandelbrot set: Periodics in the Complex plane

Golden Ratio dynamics expressed in two forms, revealing the optimal geometries of design in nature

Golden Ratio dynamics expressed in two complexity icons, revealing the optimal geometries of design in nature


Design is an emergent property of Entropy.

Asynsis principle QED: Golden Ratio Julia Set Asynsis principle QED:
Golden Ratio-Period 2 Julia Set

QED – The Golden Ratio imbedded in Feigenbaum-Mandelbrot’s icons of Complexity (PDF).

Image Feigenbaum diagram: From Areas to Points & Points to Areas – Broad Boulevards of Possibility


Φ-Period 2 Julia Zoom Φ-Period 2 Julia Zoom Mandelbrot Set Mandelbrot set: Periodics in the Complex plane Feigenbaum-Mandelbrot relationship Golden Ratio dynamics expressed in two forms, revealing the optimal geometries of design in nature

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Asynsis@TEDx Wanchai Aug 23 2014

•August 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Nigel TEDx Wanchai




















TEDx WanChai – Theme: Ripples

Form follows Flow

Dao of Design: How Greek Beauty Synergises Chinese Fortune

I’m sharing how elegance in nature transforms into sustainability in culture, why beauty flows in time.

The new Asynsis principle-Constructal law design paradigm: bridging western geometry and eastern philosophy to help design a more sustainable, beautiful global future.

Nigel ReadingTEDxWC_FIN210814.PDF

Asynsis@TEDx Wanchai Aug 23 2014

•August 9, 2014 • 1 Comment




Nigel ReadingTEDxWC_FIN210814.PDF

TEDxWCTEDx Wanchai – Saturday 23 August 2014: 9.30am-6pm
The Dao of Design: Form follows Flow
Hi Everyone,
I’m lucky enough to be sharing the Asynsis principle, how elegance in nature transforms into beauty & sustainability in culture, how beauty flows in time.

Please join us! From last year’s event, each and every speaker had an inspiring and uplifting story about how they (and we – by example), can make a positive difference to the world, to our peers and for ourselves.


φ-Phi vrs ORCH-OR: As Above, So Below. Towards a Science of Consciousness Conference, Tuscon, April 2014

•August 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Finite-Infinite: Superposition to Universality

Finite-Infinite: Superposition to Universality

Broad Boulevards of Possibility

E8 – Feigenbaum – From Areas to Points/Points to Areas – Universality

φ-Phi vrs ORCH-OR: As Above, So Below

Towards a Science of Consciousness Conference, Tuscon, April 2014

Dialogue over 2014 following the Towards a Science of Consciousness Conference, Tuscon, Arizona, 2014 between Stuart Hameroff MD and Nigel Reading RIBA:

The role of shared Asynsis geometries in two rival leading theories of consciousness, the classical computational Phi-Integrated Information Theory of Giulio Tononi and the quantum-gravity computational Orchestrated Objective Reduction Theory of Roger Penrose & Stuart Hameroff – can their common Asynsis geometries be the bridge?

Hameroff-Reading Dialogue – 2014 



Notes on Christof Koch (supporter of Phi-IIT) Interview in Nautilus Issue 19


“In a sense it takes us back to Pythagoras—you know in Sicily, the Greek philosopher and mathematician in Sicily who said that everything is ultimately numbers.
It ultimately makes this assertion that consciousness is a particular informational structure in a high dimensional space.”
Sounds just like the elementary #Asynsis geometry E8 ToE of Garrett Lisi (please also refer to Galileo’s irreducible Φ – Cyclotomic roots of Unity(?) reference on page 164 of Tononi’s Φ book):
“… So that’s the advantage of IIT. So IIT—finally, we have something that philosophers have not been able to do over the last 2,600 years with a precise mathematical definition of what it is, how to measure it. In fact, that’s … It has this number called Φ that measures sort of the quantity. It has an informational structure that measures the quality of it so you can now make some very precise statements about consciousness.”
So like Hofstadter’s loops, my mind (and yours) are on my mind, and the amazing fact that both the leading Φ-IIT and OrchOR theories of consciousness are based on the #Universality of #SelfOrganisedCritical #Asynsis geometries facilitating maximum entropy generation and universality computation via optimal energy dissipation (perhaps even emerging from a quantum-classical neo-Platonic scale for OrchOR).
So to cuisine; it seems the Promethean invention of cooking allowed for our better (calorie) burning (and information processing), brains. (Good) Form follows (True) Flow in information processing too.
Cooking food means the energy otherwise used for the digestion of raw food in apes can instead be used to power our brains. So our minds are like the cooking fire, fuelled by more calorific material (just like wood and oxygen would have done for a real primordial fire in the African Rift Valley where we evolved), burning bigger and brighter, emitting more heat and light.
More energy equals higher order phase transitions, higher dimensions or nested permutations and feedback, taking our minds to a regime analogous to Penrose tessellations, the Chaotic bands of the Feigenbaum diagram or the infinitely varied, multi-scale boundary of the Mandelbrot set.
The lowest energy, optimal and analogical route to those regimes is via the golden ratio – #AsynsisConstructal path. Entropy is generated, but because it is an energy-dissipative, exothermic combustion process (like a flame emitting heat and light), local entropy is reduced – the flowing flame form being like a plasma, while global entropy is exported – in the form of smoke and ashes.
Perhaps the reason flame-like consciousness has a fractal, holographic multidimensional nature can originally be traced to the #Asynsis Icosahedral/Dodecahedral dual E8 Lie group, since it may be the fundamental, elementary geometry that our world emerges from?
So I suggest that we are more conscious than say, a chimp (or any other creature) – because our brains burn brighter, consuming more energy for our body mass, than theirs do. That higher Φ-IIT value results from a higher order phase-transition/dimensional regime of neuronal processes, generated by greater energy consumption per body mass than any other animal.
What might that higher dimensional computational space be ultimately derived from?
The suggestion is: Life’s Spark is Ignited from the Quantum (“cloud-computing”) realm, as an #Asynsis geometry-fractal resonance up into the Classical scale as Universality in “devices and apps” like us.

Φ-IIT/OrchOR Consciousness is its Apple-like (synergised hardware-software) apotheosis.

So Bon Appetit! #AsynsisConstructal.


10_SpaceTimeFoam Space Time Foam

φ-Phi by Giulio Tononi: Evoking the paradigm as a key Synergy behind Human Consciousness, explicitly on Page 164.

Integrated, Iterative, Infinite Integrated, Iterative, Infinite

Seeking a “middle path” between the Orch OR & Phi-IIT positions by exploring their common optimal, analogical geometries

Some Asynsis-Constructal speculations on the relationships between the Orch OR theory of Penrose-Hameroff-Bandyopadhyay and Phi-IIT theory of Tononi-Koch-Tegmark in terms of Chalmer’s Hard problem of the subjective self and optimal, analogical geometries.

Based on exchanges with the principals immediately after the TSC Conference at the University of Arizona, Tuscon, April 2014

PhiAsynsis ConsciousnessFIN_050514.PDF

Amsterdam 16th Jan lecture & debate.PDF

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Westminster 2014 End of Year Portfolio Review

•June 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

safe_imageGreetings from Hong Kong! Wonderful examples of cosmomimetic, optimal, analogical design.

Great to see exemplars for the Asynsis principle are kicking in at my Westminster DipArch alma mater where it all began.

Here’s our latest updates on the initial breakthrough AD article, now in association with the Constructal Design in Nature team:

All the best with your wonderful work.

(Good) Form follows (True) Flow.

via 2014 End of Year Portfolio Review.