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Victor Tango
02-24-2008, 03:21 AM
Mandelbrot Set, you're a Rorschach Test on fire
You're a day-glo pterodactyl
You're a heart-shaped box of springs and wire
You're one badass fucking fractal

--Jonathan Coulton, "Mandelbrot Set*"

So I was watching a flythrough of the Mandelbrot Set, and marvelling at how such a simple mathematical description could result in such a deep well of order and patterns. And I got to wondering where these patterns actually originated from. Are the patterns "coming into existence" because we humans are trying to impose our own thoughts of order upon the universe, or were the patterns already present in the universe, and we're just discovering them through observation and intuition?

Discuss.

Vic

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