Mandelbrot brains

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Fri Feb 24 2006 - 08:37:09 MST

This may have been stated here before, but the brain of a newborn obviously
would require many orders of magnitude more information to describe it to
even the cell level than was present in the zygote.

This is not unlike the Mandelbrot set--which can be inscribed on a postage
stamp and expands to infinite complexity.

Real life truncates after a small number of iterations. It might be worth
noting that one of the differences between chimps and humans is that human
precursor brain cells double two more times than chimps in the brain
development process. (IIRC, can't find the reference, but makes sense.)

I don't know this has relevance to seed AI problems, but it might.

Keith Henson

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