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Happy new fractal year!

Posted by Harry Seldon on January 10, 2010

Picture showing the fractal invariance of scale in a tree. Background is the Battle of Normandy (D-Day) Memorial, in memoriam to the allied forces who liberated Europe from the Nazi yoke, Caen, France.

I wish you to have all your wishes realized. But to be a little more accurate, I actually wish you to precisely know what you want and wish. Because wishes have a much better chance of becoming true if you can clearly formulate them.

That-is-to-say, in order to clearly know what you want, and how you can get it, you will need:

So, as you follow where I am heading to, yes I do wish you to be a full pilot of your own life, not a passenger. And do not forget “Goals are dreams with a deadline” as one says.


If you find your life is too much of a fractal it might be because you don’t control enough your life. It is normal to perceive the world outside of you as a fractal, with its good and bad news, with positive or negative black swan. But inside of you the way news affects you is very much under you control. The way you behave is under your control. World might be fractal, your mind might not if you master it.
All the fun of life is knowing what you can change and what you cannot.

To read more about the duality Fractals vs Control check this article about extremistan and mediocristan.

Be in control of the first thing you can readily control in that world: yourself ;-)

If you are interested in knowing more about how you actually control yourself, check the subject of NLP: Neuro-Linguistic Programmation.

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7 lifechanging books about fractals, chaos, nature, philosophy and even finance for the holidays

Posted by Harry Seldon on December 14, 2009

Mandelbulb by Daniel White

As we are still at the beginning of the holiday season, maybe you haven’t bought all your gifts yet. In that case, here are a few lifechanging books you can offer to your loved ones.
By lifechanging, I mean you will never look at the world in the same way after reading one of these books. There is even a good chance you will find the world a lot more simple after your reading because these books give you keys to the behaviour of nature and mankind.

If you don’t like too much specialized books, you will like these ones because each one of them will speak about several topics among geology, economy, biology, social sciences, and climate.

Moreover, you will find some element of answers for several popular questions of our days like:


So, let’s go to the point, here are these absolutely marvellous books. Notice, they are somehow sorted by order of importance.

So, in case it was not clear, now you see why my Twitter name is @Fractalharry ;-)

You can propose other books in the comments.

Enjoy your reading.

PS I have linked to Amazon for your convenience but I don’t touch any commission!

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