In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Tim Golden BandTech.com" <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Jul 16, 10:07 am, John Stafford <n...@droffats.net> wrote: > > In article > > <60daa7bc-b684-4ed6-a0b5-6e0439abe...@s9g2000yqd.googlegroups.com>,
> > :) I think that intelligence can be gaseous, light-years wide, > > completely different than skin and bones. > > Hmmm... Yes, I've considered this too, especially in those regions of > space with rich gas. It is easy to ponder within those beautiful > photographs. Anyhow, the thermal processes there may be important, and > if something special condenses for a moment or two, well, in an energy > rich environment the processes will be quite energetic. Still, I think > the life within the gas low gravity environment could be flying about > through the gas, taking a semi solid form with great freedom. This > would again be at a weird sort of triple point, where exchanges take > place and the same thing as crystal formation can happen. There can > only be so much chaos in those places, especially at a small scale. > Geeze, is that a paradigm? The quantity of chaos is limited by its > volume. In other words if your throw enough small eddies into a fluid > they will quell each other. Yeah.
We should not rule out non-local sources of organization.
> - Tim > > > > > Diamonds and crystals are fodder for cellular automata simulations. Love > > the idea.
I've seen little three dimensional automata. I've tried it myself, but not very hard.
There is a strange outlier in crystal formation. Perhaps it is best to call it a quasi-crystalline structure that has a tiling pattern that cannot possibly be built in the traditional atom-to-atom, linear manner (symmetric translation). See the work of Dany Shechtman, 1984.
The point illustrated by this quasi-crystal is that in order to form its five-fold symmetry, all the atoms in the solution would have to simultaneously organize. It's a non-local action. Spooky stuff, as the man said.