Saturday, January 14, 2006

Laser Illusions

I just returned from Floyd's Laser show. It was an amazing audio visual experience. They played Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz video on the screen and the laser show on the dome. I couldn't have asked for more: Innocence personified Dorothy , Floyd - Arguably the Best Rock Band and the Lasers. They took sometime to sync all three up, but once they started playing all in tandem, it was as if DSOTM was playing as the background for the Wizard. This fit to a T especially during the Kansas scene(s), also when the Money plays during the Munchkin part.

While I enjoyed the show for the entertainment part, there was something else too that I found interesting. These were beams of photons creating complex mathematical structures, which were evolving out of one another. All, huge groups of structures emerging from simple ones, performing interplay. Complex yes, but again a manifestation of known pattern(s) all over.

The lasers also went onto to emphasize how important it is to maintain a holistic view rather than a simplified view. Simplicity at the loss of data can lead you down the wrong direction. A cube becomes a rectangle which becomes a line as you move from higher dimensions to a lower. Now if you move to an orthogonal view you get only a point losing a huge chunk of data, the line. Isn't that because you tried to simplify your view as you went down the dimensions? Isn't it important to tag the cube as a cube even while moving down the dimensions?

Consciously, I looked forward for the emerging patterns, even though, all the while, I knew this was all an illusion. So was I really conscious?

During the show they had created a cloud like maze. But since it was dark you wouldn't see the white cloud. But then the beam of light would pierce and illuminate the white cloud like structure. So are the lasers clearing the maze for us; then what was it that we saw earlier, wasn't the laser creating an illusion for us. What is real, what was illusion?

2 comments:

amar said...

Hello Hellooooo...
Is there anybody out thereeeee????
Just nod if you can hearr meeee...
Is there anyone home?

C'mon C'mon C'mon

:)

amar said...

Hello Hellooooo...
Is there anybody out thereeeee????
Just nod if you can hearr meeee...
Is there anyone home?

C'mon C'mon C'mon

:)