I would say computers were the tool that allowed us to see it, like a
microscope allowed us to see bacteria, and a telescope stars.

On Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 3:14 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:
> On 9/17/2012 10:36 AM, Terren Suydam wrote:
>
> Rex,
>
> Do you have a non-platonist explanation for the "discovery" of the
> Mandelbrot set and the infinite complexity therein?  How can you make
> sense of that in terms of the constructivist point of view
>
>
> How can you make sense of it otherwise.  The Mandelbrot set is only
> interesting because it became possible to construct it by use of computers.
>
> Brent
>
>
> that you
> are (I think) compelled to take if you argue against arithmetical
> platonism?  It seems obvious that all possible intelligences would
> discover the same forms of the Mandelbrot so long as they iterated on
> z' = z^2 + c, but maybe I am missing the point of your argument.
>
> Terren
>
>
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