It was Plato (428 – 348 BC) who first said the world was built from triangles. In his book Timaeus, he states that there are four elements that make everything, but these elements are in turn made up of triangles.
“In accordance with the requirements for the construction of the body of the universe, the Craftsman begins by fashioning each of the four kinds “to be as perfect and excellent as possible…”
Speaking on the four elements, Plato stated, “the most excellent four bodies that can come into being” (53e). He believed that the elements were all made of triangles and constructed in such a way as to explain how the transmutation of elements was possible.”
All matter, which would be the earth, air, fire, and water is made up of particles (“primary bodies”) composed of elementary right triangles making the geometrical solids: a tetrahedron cube, octahedron and icosahedron.
Fire would be represented by the Tetrahedron (4-sided solid) and Air by the Octahedron (8-sided solid). The Icosahedron (20-sided solid) would represent water and earth by the cube (6-sided solid).
But what did he mean when he made these claims over 2,300 years ago?
To understand what Plato had meant, we need to look back to around the time he lived and what problems and knowledge base the Ancient Greek philosophers were most concerned with.
When we do so, we find that one of their main branches of the study was metaphysics, which is a science that deals with the first principles (elements) or the hidden causes of things in our world to help define reality and our understanding of it. Metaphysical studies generally include concepts such as being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time, and space.
Two of Platos’ greatest contributions to metaphysics were his development of the Platonic Solids, which he maintained were the basis for the whole universe and his theory of abstract and eternal Forms (see Plato’s metaphysics and epistemology).
His other was the Platonic Triad of higher Forms, which is often presented as Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, or Good and also the number One, the Intellect, and Soul. In his dialog with Philebus, Plato presents this triad also as Beauty, Truth, and Measure (metriotes) or Symmetry (symmetria).
In this article I will attempt to show that Plato’s ontological ideas of these Higher Forms and how the world was truly built from triangles can be proven by contemporary science and mathematics.
In these two concepts, I believe we can find the hidden element of first cause to show how the world is truly made of triangles.
As I explained in my previous article, The Symbology and History of the Triangle △, perhaps no other ancient symbol in the world is more important and has been considered to be sacred from its earliest associations with mathematics, philosophy, and religion.
Since time immemorial, it has been used to represent deity and the active principle in the form of fire that pervades all nature and life as we know it.
When I read about the history of the triangle and its importance to ancient philosophers such as Pythagoras and Plato, it makes me want to further research these concepts. This search I believe, has led me to evidence that shows how the world is built of triangles and why this geometrical shape is the most revered of all in almost every nation and religion on earth.
At its core, geometry is the form of all forms, i.e., physical reality.
All things that manifest in the physical realm are composed of shapes, angles, and points. Through geometrical relationships between these manifestations, they communicate and connect to each other on a deeper metaphysical level.
A type of unseen fabric or transparent web that is woven into the universe that connects all things.
The Light, Active Principle, Deity, and God
As I kept up my research, the question about why did our ancestors believe that the triangle represents deity or God, the light and active principle in nature, was still at the top of my mind.
In my search to identify this light and define how the world was built from triangles, I discovered phosphorus to be the main active principle, or light within this unseen fabric that I theorize connects all things and forms via Plato’s World of Ideas or the Noosphere.
What Christians would call heaven and the Freemasons call the active principle in nature, the light and our ancestors had used to represent deity and God.
It is the element known as phosphorus that naturally forms triangles, and I believe this represents the “fire (tetrahedron)” Plato was speaking of.
After all, the word phosphorus is derived from the Greek ‘phosphoros’, meaning bringer of light.
I believe that Plato’s Triad or Higher Forms which equate to Beauty, Truth, Symmetry, the One, the Soul and the Good can all be proven by modern science to be phosphorus and its alchemical derivatives.
For example, we now know that any three phosphorus atoms form an equilateral triangle (one face of the tetrahedron).
In the diagram below, we see the structure of the various allotropes of phosphorus, which show its tetrahedral shape.
If you study phosphorus, you will find that it interacts and binds with air, water and carbon, which I theorize creates more triangles that lead to forming new shapes or Platonic solids.
For example, when phosphorus reacts with oxygen, it forms phosphate. This is how it is formed in the human body via its tetrahedronal structure, which I believe we can call “Plato’s Fire.”
There exist in these atoms and particles what is called the Van Der Waals forces of attraction . As it relates to the Platonic solids, we know that fire (phosphorus) is made of tetrahedrons and that the earth is composed of cubes. A particle of air (oxygen) is an octahedron and a particle of water is an icosahedron.
The tetrahedron has 3 triangles connecting at each vertex, resulting in 4 total triangles, while the octahedron has 4 triangles connecting at each vertex (8 total triangles), and the icosahedron has 5 triangles connecting at each vertex (20 total triangles).
PLATO’S ONE, THE INTELLECT, AND THE SOUL
How the human body and DNA are made of triangles
Next to calcium, phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in the body. It is a main component of bones, teeth, the brain, semen, DNA, and RNA.
It also helps your nerves and muscles do their jobs. In the form of phospholipids, phosphorus is a component of cell membrane structure and of the body’s key energy source, adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Many proteins and sugars in the body are phosphorylated.
“All energy production and storage are dependent on phosphorylated compounds, such as adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and creatine phosphate. Nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), which are responsible for the storage and transmission of genetic information, are long chains of phosphate-containing molecules. A number of enzymes, hormones, and cell-signaling molecules depend on phosphorylation for their activation.”
Hence, phosphorus is not only the gasoline or energy that enlivens and enlightens humans; i.e. the active principle in nature, it is also part of our genetic code and the code of God (deity) that acts as an information storage device.
The immortal fire and master programmer in the form of metaphysical triangles that fuels and programs humanity then, now and into the future.
Let me explain…
Phosphorus is essential to the growth of living organisms and usually appears in the form of phosphate.
Phosphorus is also an important structural element in DNA and RNA, which both have a sugar-phosphate backbone (PO4) that works as a kind of “super glue.”
Here is an image of PO4’s tetrahedral structure.
DNA consists of two strands that wind around each other like a twisted ladder. Each strand has a backbone made of alternating sugar (deoxyribose) and phosphate groups, which provide structural support to the molecule.
“Phosphate backbones link the chemical building blocks of DNA, the nucleotides, together in a very, very stable way, and so that it is very difficult to break those bonds and takes specific enzymes to do it.
The other remarkable thing about phosphate backbones is the energy for producing the DNA polymer comes from the phosphate itself. So when DNA is synthesized, there is an ATP, an energy molecule, that’s part of the phosphate backbone that is used to link the DNA together.”
Bound to oxygen in all biological systems, including humans, phosphorus is found as phosphate (PO43-). Phosphate is an electrically charged particle that contains the mineral phosphorus. It is also called Phosphate ion or Orthophosphate.
When you study the structure of phosphate (PO43-), you will find that it has the shape of a tetrahedron (plural: tetrahedra or tetrahedrons), also known as a triangular pyramid.
This triangular phosphate makes up the backbone of our DNA.
As you can see, once these phosphate bonds are created, they are difficult to break and this becomes the backbone of our energy production and is also used to link DNA together.
This may be the reason why people who are of the same and or similar DNA, i.e. family and Tribes (DNA Haplogroups) tend to associate and bond with one another better than people of differing DNA.
It is my belief that all forms are connected both physically and metaphysically, and ideas through history form permanent bonds to the past, present, and future.
Through phosphorus and our DNA, the triangle of life and the world.
Hence, our DNA, which holds our genetic history and also our genetic traits, is a type of natural and ancient computer hard drive and program that became our operating systems.
That now brings us to the place of enlightenment.
THE HUMAN BRAIN
As it relates to Plato’s World of Ideas or the Noosphere, we can now theorize that phosphorus in our brains may play an important role in helping to realize this sphere of human ideas.
For example, physicist Roger Penrose, of the University of Oxford, and anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff, of the University of Arizona have claimed that the brain acts as a quantum computer.
Penorse claimed that protein structures called “microtubules” played a role in human consciousness by exploiting quantum effects.
Over the past several decades, scientists using quantum physics have found that information can be stored on the quantum spin of a single phosphorus electron, and with this technology, they are building quantum computers.
It is known as the Kane quantum computer that was invented by Bruce Kane in 1998. It is a scalable quantum computer based on an array of individual phosphorus donor atoms embedded in a pure silicon lattice.
Scientists have been using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and MRS imaging (MRSI) to observe quantum properties of phosphorus nuclear spins in the brain.
In a study titled, Quantum Cognition: The possibility of processing with nuclear spins in the brain, by Matthew Fisher from University of California at Santa Barbara, he found that phosphorus in the form of calcium phosphate clusters with chemical formula Ca9(PO4)6 is the unique biological element with a nuclear spin that can serve as a quantum processor, memory storage device and the phosphate ion is the only possible qubit-transporter.
Fishers identified the “Posner molecule”, Ca9(PO4)6, as the unique molecule that can protect the neural qubits on very long times and thereby serve as a (working) quantum-memory. A central requirement for quantum-processing is quantum entanglement.
Fisher’s notion of quantum processing in the brain broadly fits into this emerging field of quantum biology. Call it quantum neuroscience. He has developed a complicated hypotheses, incorporating nuclear and quantum physics, organic chemistry, neuroscience and biology.
Based on this information, I believe our brains emit or spin these phosphoric electrons and ions that charge the atmosphere with information around us and the world creating the World of Ideas or the Noosphere.
A physical thinking layer of light.
This concept can also be used to explain why in Christian art, a halo or layer of light would often be seen around a Saint or Jesus and to also explain the concept of the astral body or etheric body.
What Christians call being Baptized by the Heavenly Fire that is also known as the Light, Holy Fire, and Holy Spirit.
To become illuminated or enlightened.
A WORLD BORN AND BUILT WITH PHOSPHORUS TRIANGLES
After all, phosphorus has been identified as the main ingredient for the first life on Earth, which some scientists speculate was seeded by meteorites or lightening strikes.
Research has proven that phosphorus is not just part of our DNA and the food we eat, it is a triangular element that can be found in the air through lightening and in space via comets.
Comets are thought to be pristine relics from the solar system’s past. Rosetta had already detected phosphorus as well as the simplest amino acid glycine in the atmosphere of a comet.
In 2020, researchers discovered for the first time, phosphorus in a cloud of gas and dust surrounding a newborn star.
“Astronomers spotted a bright infant star shooting powerful jets of energy that created cavities in the gas and dust cocoon from which it formed. Different types of molecules in the cloud, including two simple phosphorus-bearing ones — phosphorus monoxide and phosphorus mononitride — were detected along the cavities’ walls, researchers report in the February Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Ultraviolet radiation from the newborn star helped form these molecules, the team suspects.”
In 1986, researchers found lightning can create schreibersite and may have been the source of phosphorus for early life. Schreibersite is generally a rare iron nickel phosphide mineral, (Fe,Ni)3P, though common in iron-nickel meteorites.
A phosphide is any of a class of chemical compounds in which phosphorus is combined with a metal.
Now, let me introduce you to black phosphorus (BP), also known as phosphorene, which has attracted recent scientific attention due to its unique triangular structure and properties. It has been shown to have exceptional optical, magnetic, mechanical properties, electrical conductivity and electron-transfer capacity.
Recent studies have shown that black phosphorus is made of triangles. Here are two images from a 2017 study showing the microscopic triangle as being the building blocks of black phosphorus.
Black phosphorus is the most stable allotrope of all phosphorus types. It has a layered structure that comes in two forms – alpha black phosphorus and beta black phosphorus.
What I found that was very interesting was how beta black phosphorus can conduct electricity while alpha black phosphorus doesn’t conduct electricity.
HOW THE MODERN WORLD WAS BUILT WITH TRIANGLES
Today, we can all witness triangles everywhere with our interconnected world of buildings, cities and the internet (world wide web) where we can connect with one another all around the globe as we share knowledge (gnosis) and store information like never before.
A feat that could have never been accomplished without humans, geometry, and triangles.
We find the properties of triangles help create the design and function of all electronics, which includes the generation and transmission of the electrical energy that powers them. Our TV, videos, and the virtual world in which we live part of our lives online are also composed of triangles.
They can be found in the compression algorithms of the trillions of images via JPEG and MPEG files and the CGI characters we see in film and on TV that permeate our inter-connected world wide web today.
All made with an incredibly fine mesh of triangles, as this makes it easier to digitally compress, store and manipulate data (Maglo et al., 2012) , while preserving relevant surface characteristics. Such data reduction improves storage requirements, transmission capacities, and rendering performance.
Surface approximation uses triangular meshes to generate, process, analyze, and visualize a large amount of 3D data, which plays an an important role in several application fields, such as computer-aided design, computer graphics, remote sensing, computer vision, robotics, architecture, and manufacturing.
What fascinates me about the triangle as it relates to modern technology and computers is that the human mind has also been compared to a quantum computer.
My theory is that as technology uses triangles to function, compute, sense, store data, and transfer data, so do humans.
With that said, Plato’s Fire as it relates to knowledge, the World of Ideas, technology, and the Noosphere are made of what I believe to be “phophorus triangles (tetrahedrons).”
The elements of nature, the cosmos and humans contain phosphorus triangles that are the building “bricks” and “super glue” that holds reality together.
And why the ancient symbol of the triangle has been used for deity, God, and the active principle of fire in all nature, humans, and the universe for many cultures.
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Moe is the founder of GnosticWarrior.com. He is a father, husband, author, martial arts black belt, and an expert in Gnosticism, the occult, and esotericism.