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On Thursday, September 13, 2012 4:57:44 PM UTC-4, Terren Suydam wrote:
>
> Not to mention, simpler patterns reminiscent of the output of some 
> iterative cellular automata do show up in nature. 
>
> See http://www.wolframscience.com/nksonline/page-423 for an example of 
> sea-shell patterns that look an awful lot like some of the patterns in 
> his book A New Kind of Science. 
>
> On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM, John Clark <johnk...@gmail.com<javascript:>> 
> wrote: 
> > On Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 5:20 PM, Craig Weinberg 
> > <whats...@gmail.com<javascript:>> 
>
> > wrote: 
> > 
> >> > Statistically, shouldn't we see this simple 1K sequence frequently in 
> >> > nature? I mean precisely. Shouldn't there be hundreds of species of 
> beetle 
> >> > that have patterns on their backs which are derived exclusively from 
> the 
> >> > Mandelbot set. 
> > 
> > 
> > There's nothing special about the Mandelbrot Set, it's just the first 
> > example found where huge complexity can be generated from very little. 
> And 
> > if you want to see what can be done with a 400 meg file just look in a 
> > mirror, that's about the size of the human genome; you could burn the 
> entire 
> > thing onto a CD and still have room for 100 pop songs from iTunes. 
> > 
> >   John K Clark 
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