Fractals are all around us
Came across this study on planting patterns, “Fractal planting patterns yield optimal harvests, without central control” that bears some closer review.
What’s fascinating about this is that it seems to present a real-world solution to a problem commonly referred to as the “tragedy of the commons,” in which the self-interest of individuals leads to the destruction and overuse of shared natural resources.
Spatial patterning often occurs in ecosystems as a self-organizing process caused by feedback between organisms and the physical environment. “The…
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