The Fractal Nature of Information Flow


“When you look at yourself you see an individual person,” writes developmental biologist Bruce Lipton, author of Biology of Belief. “But if you understand the nature of who you are, you realize that you are actually a community of about 50 trillion living cells.” Lipton goes on to say that, “each cell is a living individual, a sentient being that has its own life and functions but interacts with other cells in the nature of a community … Health is when there is harmony in the community, and disease (dis-ease) is when there is disharmony that tends to fracture the community relationships.”

We are a fractal community.

The fractal nature of our bodies is demonstrated in the relationships of our cells and tissues to our overall body function, says Lipton. For instance, each of our myriad systems (e.g., digestive, respiratory, excretory, endocrine, reproductive, musculoskeletal, nervous, and immune) exists in each cell. “In fact, we are made in the image of a cell,” Lipton suggests. He compares the cell to a computer. It has programs built into it, with the nucleus as hard drive and with programs that are the genes; but what the computer expresses is not determined by the programs; expression is determined by the information that the user—as the environment—types onto the interface (the keyboard or screen). According to Lipton, the cell membrane acts as the interface, processing information, and the genes are the hard drive potentials. “That is why every cell in your body can form any kind of cell because every nucleus has all the genes that make up a human,” says Lipton. The nature of the cell, however, relies on feedback of information from the environment, such as the unique identifying protein keys (receptors) that act on interfacing cell surfaces. The upshot of this is that we program our cells, and the consequence is that—if life isn’t going well—what we have to do is not change our genes but change our perceptions.

Lipton suggests that much of North America’s conventional biomedical knowledge remains based in Newtonian physics and Cartesian reductionism aimed at dominating and controlling Nature. Quantum theory—which came to us only when we were ready for it—embraces an emerging worldview that is holistic and integral. Quantum theory gives us the basis for seeing a universe that is not so much material, but rather form and pattern; not so much parts of a system, but rather a moving fractal whole within a worldview of evolution. And, that view of evolution is based not so much on competition and “survival of the fittest in a struggle for existence,” as it is on creative cooperation and integrated Nature.

Water is a universe of vibrating energy in constant communication.

Science is beginning to understand that coherence, which exists on all levels—cellular, molecular, atomic and organic—governs all life processes. Life and all that informs it is a gestalt process. The flow of information is fractal and multidirectional, forming a complex network of paths created by resonance interactions in a self-organizing framework. It’s stable chaos. And water drives the process.

The unifying interconnections proposed in quantum physics suggest that our DNA is controlled by signals outside our cells, “including our personal scripts—messages from positive and negative thoughts, from the environment,”says Lipton. He argues that “biomedicine doesn’t recognize the massive complexity of inter-communication between physical parts and the energy field that make up the whole. Cellular constituents are woven into a complex web of crosstalk, feedback, and feed-forward communication loops. A biological dysfunction may arise from a miscommunication along any of the routes of information flow.”

Water is information. Water is gestalt.



Lipton, Bruce. 2008. “The Biology of Belief.” Hay House. 240 pp.

Lipton, Bruce. 2012. “The Wisdom of Your Cells.” In: “How Your Beliefs Control Your Biology.” Sounds True Audio Listening Course, 2007. Online: the-wisdom-your-cells

McTaggart, Lynne. 2008. “The Intention Experiment”. Atria Books. 336 pp.


Water Is-pBook COVERThis article is an excerpt from “Water Is…” (Pixl Press) by Nina Munteanu

On sale worldwide May 10, 2016



nina-2014aaNina Munteanu is an ecologist, limnologist and internationally published author of award-nominated speculative novels, short stories and non-fiction. She is co-editor of Europa SF and currently teaches writing courses at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. Visit for the latest on her books.

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