This object is called a "Tefillin" by Stan Tenen at www.Meru.org
who produced the research upon which it is based. It is meant to be grasped between the thumb and index finger of each hand during meditation. He calls it a "model of continuous creation." If Mr. Tenen is correct, the Creator likes blowing smoke rings.
The Meru research uncovered a geometric code describing this shape - the geometry of smoke rings - in the letter shapes of the letters of the first verse in the Hebrew Torah - AKA Genesis in the King James Bible.
I believe object embodies what is meant by the term "topological metaphor of the medium" by author Jospeh Farrell. It is an example of an "outward and visible expression of an inward and invisible grace", a "sacrament" as Gregory Bateson defines it in Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity.
This shape is called a reciprocal spiral. It is evidently the single simplest most asymmetrical
geometric form possible. It is named "Tefillin" after the wrist straps used in prayer by Orthodox Jews as a meditation aid. Mr. Tenen asserts that this geometric form is an idealized human hand that describes the functional topography of the opposable thumb. He has concluded that the thumb and consciousness share the same archetypal reciprocal spiral form, embodied in this model.
Tenen pairs this Tefillin with a complementary form, the tetrahedron, which is the single simplest most symmetrical
geometric form that encloses space. The key to the code seems to be the geometry of unity underlying absolute contrast, which demonstrates how singularity connects with the expanse in a torus (a simplified hypersphere). This at once models consciousness and describes "A Model of Continuous Creation". In this model, the central "thumb" represents singularity, and the outer index finger portion the expanse. The connection between the two bridges that paradox with fractally increasing dimension.
That research vies with General Relativity in significance for mankind, in my opinion, but very few have heard of it. I have worked with the Meru.org research since 1995.
I have gathered that this model of consciousness and creation both describes generative contrast
, in which paradox is resolved by the most efficient path - an irrational function describing the Fibonacci curve in 3D, the most energy-efficient path connecting the zero dimensional singularity with any n-dimensional expanse crossing the divide by leaping into hyperspace. This is topologically equivalent to the path of a rocket from earth to orbit.
To grasp the meaning of that work it is helpful to have an actual model Tefillin, and so I made this. Twelve of these tile to form the upper half of a donut shape
, and another twelve below form a whole torus.
I have posted this for Stan and Cynthia Tenen and the Meru Foundation, in the hopes they might be able to raise some money selling it on their own account. I will make it available to them at Shapeway's manufacturing price , (e.g. $3.27/per unit (plus shipping) in white versatile plastic)