A very interesting process/structure (?) to encapsulate some larger scale system in a small scale system. Literally translates to “small world”. I think microcosms are essential to developing an experiment in the scientific method. Creating a microcosm creates an amazing little playground to test and play with ideas. Even the process of creating a microcosm, to take away what is not essential, paring down to its most minimal – like bonsai – is such a scientific, mathematical endeavor.

But recall (5) the notion of self-reference in context of Godel’s incompleteness theorem. Does crafting a microcosm mean creating an incomplete system with its own paradox or does the paradox with the microcosm reflect the paradox of the macrocosm? If it creates a new paradox, can this be expanded to a new macrocosm, something entirely different?

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