Dear Curiosity Journal,

I notice the parched petals of the strawflowers opening and the sacred geometry draws me in. I admire the symmetry of the overlapping circles building ever outward upon themselves. The shapely blooms convey an essence of unity, creation, and the bones of an ancient blueprint. Rupert Sheldrake, a biologist and plant physiologist whose long-term research on plant development led to his theory of morphic resonance, held that beauty is a pervasive and unifying principle that drives the continuation of life and accounts for why we are able to recognize aesthetic qualities. Further, he believed, “There is a resonance between the thing perceived and the structure of the perceiving consciousness and that every phenomenon has a relationship to the whole of being; across an infinitely divergent spectrum there remain relations of the most intimate kind, of self-similarity, each part belonging to a higher-level whole; the holarchy. This idea accounts for the harmonic organization of the universe that allows the beings within it to be aware of the patterns and ordering principles underlying all things.” So, if you’re curious why we see beauty in flowers, this is one fascinating theory to consider.