Why The Nautilus?


The Nautilus, one of the most ancient species on earth, is far more than a “living fossil.” Since the time of the early Greeks, and perhaps even longer, the Nautilus has been a symbol of internal growth and perfection.

Within the spiral shape of its shell is a mathematical proportion called the Golden Ratio, a universal pattern of growth replicated in all living things. The Golden Ratio is based on the mathematical Fibonacci sequence, in which each number is the sum of the two numbers that precede it. It’s a simple pattern, yet scientists believe it arises from the basic structure of the universe and unifies all things that grow and unfold in steps -- from the molecules of our DNA to the spiraling galaxies we spiral within, and everything in between – pine cones, ferns, willow trees, even hurricanes.

Just as the external shell of the Nautilus reflects this pattern of growth, so does the life of the creature hidden in that shell. As the Nautilus grows, it builds and moves into new chambers, each larger than the previous, and all connected. Its process is symbolic of how we all learn -- living and exploring within one conceptual framework until it can no longer contain our now broader understanding. When a framework limits our expansion, we move forward into a larger space that can hold everything we’ve previously learned, plus the potential for new learning.

Unlike other crustaceans, the Nautilus doesn’t relinquish its shell or housing when it has outgrown a chamber, thus making it the perfect symbol for iCohere’s Unified Learning System. Instead, the Nautilus moves to another, more expansive chamber within its existing shell – just as our clients do when they’re ready to expand from one type of professional development program to another. This pattern of growth – of expanding chambers in one “shell” or container -- is the law of universe. The shell of the Nautilus is one of the most exquisite examples of the underlying code that structures our universe, and the perpetual growth and expansion that occurs within it.


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