The Biology of Belief: A seminar with Dr. Bruce Lipton From : May/ June 2005 BL: The new mechanism of evolution suggested by the new biology you describe in your book is one that consists of repeating patterns of self-similarity; it is a pattern based upon fractal geometry. The significance of fractals is that they represent basic patterns that are iterated (repeated) over and over again. If you can recognize a pattern at one level of the structure you can apply that awareness to understand the patterns throughout the whole structure. LG: Right, like the Fibonacci patterns found in nature? BL: Right, so basically the evolution of human civilization is self-similar the evolution of a single giant organism. We are humans are the cells in that ‘ social’ organism. The relevance is that human civilization will evolve through the phases that characterized the evolution of animals, Human civilization will go through evolutionary phases that are redundant to previous evolution patterns. For example, in the evolution of vertebrate animals, the pattern provided for fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, an evolutionary jump occurred between each of these major classes of organisms, Civilization is in the process of such a jump now, as we are evolving from a reptilian-based civilization to a mammalian-based civilization. The intellectual character of our culture’s leadership is currently most similar to that of reptilian behavior. And yet more advanced mammalian characters yourself and myself are in the process of rewriting a new blueprint for civilization, different from the way we are living now. Reptiles are ‘conscious,’ and do not express the trait of ‘self-consciousness.’ What that means is that they live for the moment but they have no conception or vision about how their actions today affect civilization tomorrow.