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The Myth That Will Not Go Away

Part of the process of becoming a mathematics writer is, it appears, learning that you cannot refer to the golden ratio without following the first mention by a phrase that goes something like "which the ancient Greeks and others believed to have divine and mystical properties." Almost as compulsive is the urge to add a second factoid along the lines of "Leonardo Da Vinci believed that the human form displays the golden ratio."

There is not a shred of evidence to back up either claim, and every reason to assume they are both false. Yet both claims, along with various others in a similar vein, live on.

The latest math writer to fall victim to this peculiar compulsion is the author of an otherwise excellent article in Science News Online (week of May 5, 2007). The main focus of that article is the appearance of the golden ratio in nature, which is real, substantiated, and of considerable scientific interest. So much so, in fact, that one wonders why the writer felt the need to spice up her story with falsehoods in her third sentence - for the two golden ratio claims I gave above are direct quotes from her lead.

Before I go any further I should say that my purpose is not to attack a fellow math writer. Indeed, let me confess that for many years I too fell victim to the very same compulsion, as a fairly quick search through some of my earlier writings will testify.

My first suspicions that all was not right with some of the claims made about the aesthetic appeal of the golden ratio were aroused when I admitted to myself that I personally did not find the golden rectangle the most pleasing among all rectangles. My doubts grew when tests I performed on several classes of students revealed that few people, when presented with a page of rectangles of various aspect ratios, picked out as the one they found most pleasing the golden rectangle. (Actually, given that the aspect ratio of any actual rectangle you draw can be only an approximation to a theoretical ideal, a more accurate description of my experiment would be that few people picked the rectangle that most closely approximated the theoretical ideal of a golden rectangle.)

Then I read an excellent article by the University of Maine mathematician George Markowsky, titled "Misconceptions about the golden ratio", published in the College Mathematics Journal in January 1992. In his article, Markowsky subjected many of the common claims about the golden ratio to a fairly rigorous review, and found that quite a few of them come up decidedly short. Further evidence against many of the common claims you see made about the golden ratio were provided by writer Mario Livio in his 2002 book The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing Number.

In my June 2004 "Devlin's Angle" and in an article I wrote for the June 2004 issue of Discover magazine, I added my own contribution to Markowsky and Livio's valiant attempts to inject some journalistic ethics into the scene (to wit, checking facts before going into print), but by all appearances the three of us have had little success. Particularly when novelist Dan Brown repeated many of the most ridiculous golden ratio chestnuts in his huge bestseller The Da Vinci Code. (No, I'm not giving a live link to that!)

With so many wonderful things to say about the golden ratio that are true and may be substantiated, why oh why do those myths keep going the rounds? Why do we so want to believe that, say, the ancient Greeks designed the Parthenon based on the golden ratio? (For the record, they did not; which is to say, there is not a shred of evidence that they did any such thing, and good reason to believe they did not.)

Yet the myth has undeniable appeal, even to individuals who claim to be innumerate. Radio producers, for instance. I gave a "debunking the golden ratio myths" talk at a science cafe event in San Francisco recently (Ask a Scientist), and by chance the local NPR radio station KQED sent a team to record the event for their science series Quest. The format for my talk was that I first repeated - as earnestly and breathlessly as I could - the various claims you see made about the golden ratio, followed by a fact-based dissection of each claim. I should have guessed that the clip the radio folk would choose to include in their broadcast was where I repeated the "the ancient Greeks believed . . ." story, but left out my subsequent denouncement thereof. Sigh. In the process of my trying to inject some facts into the picture, while the 120 or so people in my audience got the real story, tens of thousands of radio listeners heard me saying . . . Well, you get the picture. I dare not repeat it yet again!

Undaunted, let me sally forth once again into this mire of misinformation and try to set the record straight.

Another spurious claim is that if you measure the distance from the tip of your head to the floor and divide that by the distance from your belly button to the floor, you get GR. But this nonsense. When you measure the human body, there is a lot of variation. True, the answers are always fairly close to 1.6. But there's nothing special about 1.6. Why not say the answer is 1.603? Besides, there's no reason to divide the human body by the navel. If you spend a half an hour or so taking measurements of various parts of the body and tabulating the results, you will find any number of pairs of figures whose ratio is close to 1.6, or 1.5, or whatever you want.

Then there is the claim that Leonardo Da Vinci believed the golden ratio is the ratio of the height to the width of a "perfect" human face and that he used GR in his Vitruvian Man painting. While there is no concrete evidence against this belief, there is no evidence for it either, so once again the only reason to believe it is that you want to. The same is also true for the common claims that Boticelli used GR to proportion Venus in his famous painting The Birth of Venus and that Georges Seurat based his painting The Parade of a Circus on GR.

Then there are the claims that the Egyptian Pyramids and some Egyptian tombs were constructed using the golden ratio. There is no evidence to support these claims. Likewise there is no evidence to support the claim that some stone tablets show the Babylonians knew about the golden ratio, and in fact there is good reason to conclude that it's false.

Music too is not without its GR fans. Among the many claims are: that some Gregorian chants are based on the golden ratio, that Mozart used the golden ratio in some of his music, and that Bartok used GR in some of his music. All those claims are without any concrete support. Less clear cut is whether Debussy used the Golden Ratio in some of his music. Here the experts don't agree on whether some GR suggestive patterns that can be discerned are intended or spurious.

I could go on, but you get the picture, I hope. I've done my bit once again, and attempted once more to right my own previous wrongs in inadvertently adding fuel to this curious forest-fire of myths.

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my dream for many years now is to start my own bio-dynamic farm.

 

for my birthday - this is my birthday wish- my big goal is to start a model bio-dynamic farm on 2-4 acres of land in northern california or nevada. i just made a new friend who is a massage therapist, and he is likely going to sell me his car, 2,200- 2001 single owner honda civic, and i need the funding for that. I have been without a car of my own for about 6 years, when I gave it to my sister who needed it a lot more than I did at the time. I am raising money for this goal I have had, this dream- of starting a farm- since 2006...

it was so close back then, and by 2008 I had an asset that was worth several million, but was stolen- then I got beat up randomly by 4 dudes walkin to work, then I had to move home with my parents.

 

I spent many years without health insurance struggling to survive, coughing all day, and really wondering if i'd ever wake up after laying down to go to sleep each night. well, we are still here, and we are feeling stronger than ever, thanks to all of you wonderful people i am honored to call friends, and your emotional and otherwise support, when it appears, just on time, in some perfect divine way.

there are a few cornerstones of life, i feel- good sleep, good food, good mood, good health, good outlook, good poop, some goals, some things that make you really really happy you dont have to share with anyone (like a secret hobby), and a few other basics, but this is- i feel the fundamental components of a good life. that and understanding yourself, your head, others, etc. :)

if you so choose to embark upon that journey. (it is a most interesting one, and feels endless.) in a sense. and finite in other ways.

anyway! since its my birthday, this is my wish, please help me get to my dream, and when im growing vegetables and stuff, you can come visit me and i will cook you up a home cooked meal , and we will eat it "frontier style," au natural, in a field clearing, and you will be probably having one of the most relaxed meals of your entire life. I look forward to creating that experience for you, and sharing it together. with love, Omar / Ramo / DB (doctorbeans).

ps- the photo is from before i had my car accident, so you can see the true light and color of my face, and what i am working back to, in terms of health. :-D the glint is coming back to my eyes lately, but my cheeks are not yet shiny again , but i feel that inner light returning...

it is stronger each morning when i wake up, and each night when i will myself to return to gaze upon the morning light of sun of the following day. Each night, as I lay myself down to sleep, I will myself to get through the night, and to return to this earth, animate- to live another day.

The sun is what keeps us going. The will of the spirit/your soul- and all that magical stuff people call God, is what makes it individually so. :) we're all here in this thing together. lets start acting like human beings again.

lets start being the people we really want to be, in this life, in this world, because well frankly- the alternative sucks, and is kind of boring. :-) *mwah* !!!

 

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LSD vs Water
LSD: Deaths a questionable 5
Water: 14

Water Deaths

Another report described how three soldiers died due to hyponatremia and cerebral edema. These deaths were associated with drinking 2.5-5.6 gallons (10-20 liters) of water in just a few hours (5).
The symptoms of hyponatremia can be misinterpreted as those of dehydration. One soldier, who was misdiagnosed as suffering from dehydration and heat stroke, died from water intoxication as the result of repeated oral hydration (3).
Water intoxication also occurs during sports, especially endurance sports. Over-hydration is common in these activities as a means to avoid dehydration.
Bottom line: Water intoxication is most common among soldiers, endurance sports athletes and schizophrenia patients. Several hyponatremia cases and deaths have been reported in these populations.#how-much-is-too-much?-">https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318619.php-much-is-too-much?-    

Drinking too much WATER has killed 14 people, new research has revealed. At least 14 people have died from drinking too much water while doing sport, according to new research. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/science/drinking-much-water-killed-14-5976264

Lethal Doses of Water, Caffeine and Alcohol.
https://www.compoundchem.com/2014/07/27/lethaldoses/

"We have documented at least 14 deaths [from EAH] since 1981, including two deaths last summer in young athletes playing football," Rosner says.
https://www.treehugger.com/health/water-intoxication-did-you-know-overhydration-can-be-deadly.html

Fatal water intoxication https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1770067/

LSD Deaths

 LSD is known to be non-toxic and medically safe when taken at standard dosages (50-200μg). The scientific literature, along with recent media reports, have unfortunately implicated "LSD toxicity" in five cases of sudden death.(March 2018)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29408722

Even though prolonged psychotic reactions have been noted in vulnerable individuals, suicide attempts while intoxicated are rare and there are no known cases of a fatal LSD overdose  (Passie et al. 2008). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4220298/

Eight patients were seen within 15 minutes of intranasal self-administration of large amounts of pure D-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) tartrate powder. . With supportive care, all patients recovered. 1974 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1129381/

Lethal Doses of Water, Caffeine and Alcohol.
Water doesn't seem so safe now does it lol
The water in coffee will kill you before the caffeine does.
https://www.compoundchem.com/2014/07/27/lethaldoses/

The scientific literature, along with recent media reports, have unfortunately implicated "LSD toxicity" in five cases of sudden death. On close examination, however, two of these fatalities were associated with ingestion of massive overdoses, two were evidently in individuals with psychological agitation after taking standard doses of LSD who were then placed in maximal physical restraint positions (hogtied) by police, following which they suffered fatal cardiovascular collapse, and one case of extreme hyperthermia leading to death that was likely caused by a drug substituted for LSD with strong effects on central nervous system temperature regulation (e.g. 25i-NBOMe). Given the renewed interest in the therapeutic potential of LSD and other psychedelic drugs, it is important that an accurate understanding be established of the true causes of such fatalities that had been erroneously attributed to LSD toxicity, including massive overdoses, excessive physical restraints, and psychoactive drugs other than LSD.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29408722

Up till 2008 there were no known LSD fatalities from strictly intake alone.
But one must keep in mind
“For LSD, the therapeutic range is very broad. An exact value is not established since no LSD fatalities are known in which death was due to the physical toxicity of LSD. The danger of LSD consists in the depth of its psychological effect, if the experience cannot be psychologically integrated and results in mental disturbance which leads to catastrophic behavior. Despite a very great therapeutic range, the proper dosage is also crucial for LSD.”  Page 323 mystic chemist

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