Friday, 6 February 2015

Episode 1

The first of four episodes in which I talk with Miriam about emergent phenomena and reductionism.

Apologies for the image quality, crude editing, etc. This should improve as the series progresses.

Please feel free to leave comments, including suggestions for future topics.



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9 Comments:

Blogger Andy Letcher said...

If my memory is correct, the way humans arrange themselves in supermarket queues and train platforms is the same as the way dung flies do on a cow pat! In Behavioural Ecology it's called Optimality Theory, which explains foraging behaviour and the way individuals compete for limited resources :)

10 February 2015 at 10:42  
Blogger Andy Letcher said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimal_foraging_theory

10 February 2015 at 10:43  
Blogger Du de Danann said...

Enjoying that chat, I often wonder, as a passenger in a car, what Force of hive mind probability contributes to the extremely low frequency of crashes. I never feel like it's the skill of the drivers that keep vehicles from crashing, but more likely a 4th dimensional groove that allows the individual vehicles from colliding

11 February 2015 at 01:48  
Blogger erik said...

hi Matthew! Interesting new project!
What comes to mind is that it not only happens with animate "objects"..the same happens with drops of mercury on a surface, or drops of water even, that want to be in "groups" as large as possible...and the groups in turn attract each other...
In animal or human groups (flocks or herds), protection and feeling safe might be a reason? Why mercury or water do it...?
Maybe it is here where "animate" and "inanimate" follow the same super-conscious "laws" to create order from chaos..maybe it's the "psychological" equivalent of gravity?
anyway, good to see you so inquisitive and passionate about the Mysteries of Life!
say hi to Miriam for me,

erik

11 February 2015 at 03:53  
Blogger erik said...

and also, ofcourse: why is it all so beautiful? If it would be "un-conscious" that is...

11 February 2015 at 04:04  
Blogger LizBet said...

oh and it is something I have always wondered about, subways and people and flocks of birds, and the lovely movement, always assumed it was down to energy :)

2 March 2015 at 10:45  
Blogger LizBet said...

hey my first comment didn't show, like the theme and the conversation look forward to the rest

2 March 2015 at 10:46  
Blogger Martin Winer said...

Hi Guys, great discussion. How about how proteins fold. You see most people think life is reduced to DNA. It can be thought of in that sense but the flat proteins that come out of a ribosome quickly fold intricately and the 3d structure they form is key to their operation. I'd say that DNA is agnostic to the 3d proteins it's forming so in this sense, proteins are an emergent behaviour of DNA, RNA and protein synthesis.

16 March 2017 at 14:51  
Blogger Martin Winer said...

I'm pretty sure you'd have both seen something like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgXTQQIo6fc

16 March 2017 at 14:54  

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