this is a cellular automata based on john conway's game of life

every pixel is a cell, and all cells in this simulation have the same spirit

the spirit of the cells defines the patterns they form as they grow, live, and die

"new flesh" resets the plate to a random scattering of pixels

"new spirit" randomizes the pattern behavior of the cells

please also enjoy my thoughts on using cellular automata to facilitate group reflections

[p5.js source code]