[ot] The other night I watched a new series pilot called "Touch" and it exactly made ParkinT's point on how nature itself shows symmetry and balance in the curve of a wave, the spiral of a seashell, the sections of a pineapple and went on to say that it's all connected, which is something I have believed for most of my life. Snow flakes are also symmetrical... each one, though different in design from the next, has six sides.
I also agree that we create patterns where there are none. For instance, we "see" recognizable objects in clouds. I once had a bathroom tile that, when you looked at it long enough, you could see faces in the pattern. Sort of creeped me out -- all those eyes staring at me! In another instance we "see" recognizable objects in clouds.
It begs the question... are there patterns in everything and we normally just turn a blind eye to them? [/ot]