About the Spiral and Knowledge

The spiral is one of the oldest symbols expressed by human beings. We can find it in countless historical periods along all continents. Clear evidence of this is the rock art from the Paleolithic or the amazing megalithic art from the Neolithic. Mathematicians of the ancient Greece related the development of the spiral with phi number or Golden Number such as expression of the movement that gives rise to the creation.

In the 20th century, Mircea Eliade, who was a learned researcher on the topic of symbolism, philosopher and historian, theorised about the symbolic meaning of the spiral. He defined it under a prism of uncertain and complex origin. However, he said that the spiral was the own symbol of the creation and the evolution of the whole universe in most of the ancient traditions.

The latest astronomical discoveries prove that approximately two thirds of the known galaxies, including the Milky Way (Via Lactea), have the shape of a spiral that produces an expansive movement that is continuous and pleasing from a central point.

This is the way how the nature is usually shown as a spiral, from the galaxies themselves until the tiniest defining element of life. The path drawn by our planet, the Earth, and by all the planets that orbit the sun is also shown as a spiral. Even the DNA from living beings is shown as a double spiral.

As a symbol, the spiral has survived the passing of the periods and today it is still in full force because it can be seen in emblems, logos and badges of all kinds. Who knows why its contemplation recalls us to the magnetism of the things that are mysterious, subliminal and archetypal?

The knowledge can be drawn like a line in the shape of a spiral, which we wish to achieve the world understanding with. In the European field we can find the oldest etymological origin in the Greek term gnosis. It is a word that was later taken by Latin as the word cognoscere. Despite this, we know that the oldest origin goes back to the Hindu word gnani, which refers to the ability of discern.

This purpose was one of the main approaches of the ancient Greek philosophy of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Plato defines the knowledge in his work The Republic such as the discernment based on real principles, those that we can only achieve by means of dialectic.

The knowledge itself is a phenomenon that includes different aspects of psychological, sociological, technical, biological type, among others. They are reflected in different but linked fields like art, philosophy, technology, science or transcendence.

There is no doubt that today we live in the information society and this effect is noticed through the modern media and channels that circulate in our globalised world. Tools like Internet, with all its enormous potential, let us introduce to this avalanche of ideas, news, information and even trends that during 24 hours a day and each day of year circulate through the big net.

Our hope is to be able to give and to bring closer to internet users this fascinating and enriching flow that surrounds The Spiral of Knowledge (La Espiral del Conocimiento).