Beacon in the darkness. 1940’s diner.

Cultural entities, artefacts and places are simple moments, nodes in time and space.  It is true that any particular node in some way encodes the whole culture in its form and the patterned flow of information and energy from, around, through and as that thing.  Cultural systems protect themselves from catastrophic failure by distributing their logic and meaning across their entire surface.  In this way, the whole system can always be rebuilt from any partial representation of it, this provides information-pattern redundancy.  This is a holographic encoding mechanism that exists because it is precisely the most efficient and concise form of failsafe for system self-propagation.

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