I recently rewatched some cutscenes from AV1 and realized something interesting. Didn't see it discussed much online so I thought I would say something.
The scientific papers from Trace's Theory of Everything (in the cutscene after he faints from the pathogen) show examples of cellular automata, which are basically a grid of cells that form complex patterns and behaviors from a simple set of rules. These patterns emerge despite the rules not telling them to. This idea is called emergence.
This one here is from John Conway's Game of Life. On the left is from the game and on the right is from Wikipedia. You see they are the same.
Other variations include this hexagonal pattern. Again, the game is on the left.
A pyramid pattern can be seen before the shot fades. This appears to be the Rule 30 cellular automaton.
It seems Trace's Theory of Everything is related to emergence. The laws of physics tell particles how to interact, but it doesn't tell them to create complexities such as galaxies, planets, or life itself. Could it be that the thing which makes someone a Pattern Mind is the understanding of emergence as the foundation of reality and understanding a simple set of rules means you can manipulate or even break them?
Other Interesting things-
The black and red patterns moving in the background of this cutscene are very similar to the Game of Life.
Evolution is one of the best examples of emergence. In AV2, Drushka, who believes the purpose of life is evolution, is hanging out in a place called The Emergence.
Also, this interview snip it with Tom