The Blog’s Icon

We put a lot of thought into the symbol we have adopted as our blog icon. It is comprised of three components which are laid out in a two level heirarchy. The first level of the heirarchy is the yin yang symbol. Within the yin yang symbol we have placed two things. In the right hand portion of the symbol we placed an image of the Earth created by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In the left hand portion of the symbol we placed Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing called Vitruvian Man.

 Yin Yang Symbol


We chose this symbol because it represents several things that we believe in. We were exposed to this concept during our many years of studying the matial arts. It is a useful way to think when observing the nature of things.

  • The outer circle represents the Universe.
  • The Yin and Yang Fish Tails represent the dynamic nature of opposing forces. Yin is black. Yang is white. Each is represented equally in a way that suggests a dynamic balance and harmony.
  • The Fish Eyes: Yin has an un-shaded circle and Yang has a shaded circle, both are placed the respective center of the Fish Head (large portion) and represent the shades of gray which permeate all things.

In the context of this blog this symbol represents Society which to us means the universe of human thought and behavior from which both science and art have emerged.

 The Image of the Earth

We placed an image of the Earth in half of the yin yang symbol to represent not only the Earth but the rest of the universe as well. The Earth of course is where all art, science, and anything else to do with this blog originate. Seeing Earth in this context hopefully gives us some perspective on things.

 The Vitruvian Man


We placed the image of the Vitruvian Man in the other half of the symbol for several reasons.  First, it was drawn by Leonardo da Vinci who is arguably the ultimate renaissance man, having made many great contributions to both art and science. Secondly, in the sketch, da Vinci explores the proportions of the human body in relation to the elegant mathematical concepts of a circle and a square.  This is a great example of what this blog is all about.

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