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On 10 Aug 2001, at 16:53, Lawrence DeBivort wrote:
> > > Obviously. The question is how the birds manage to maintain the
> > > right distance, particularly when the whole flock turns on a dime.
> > > Either the brain is running an incredbly elaborate motion program
> > > or the flock is a morphic field in which the birds are
> > > "particles." While the latter possibility might strike you as
> > > being "weird," the former possibility would require neural
> > > computing processes unimaginably more powerful and rapid than
> > > anything humans have ever devised.
> > >
> > No, just rapid reaction time, and the reaction times of birds, like
> > their heartbeats, are a lot faster than ours, crerating the illusion
> > that they are all changing direction at the same time when actually
> > there is a small reaction time involved.
> It may also be that:
> 1) the birds communicate their intention before they execute their
> flock behavior 2) they are each 'reading' the same external stimulus
> that causes the flock behavior, so they execute it together with
> little computational activity required for the coordination of the
Most likely a synergy of two or three of these.
> - Lawrence
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