Flamingoes & Tipping Points

From: Alan Patrick (a.patrick@btinternet.com)
Date: Sun 02 Mar 2003 - 18:38:41 GMT

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    > But
    > changes in the spirit of the times are as difficult to explain as those
    > immense flocks of birds you see sitting on some great African lake,
    > hundreds of thousands of them at a time, till all of a sudden,
    > successively, they fly up and turn in a specific direction. One can never
    > analyze which bird started it and how it became this incredible rush. All
    > you see is the result."

    Ignoring the rest of the email, this is an example of the "tipping point" in action. Does anyone have any good views on the maths of how this works - I know some A-Life researchers are looking at it, and there has ben a popular science book on the subjet, but I'm still not clear on the way it works.



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