RE: Coordinated behavior among birds, fish, and insects

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    >From: Vincent Campbell <>
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    >Subject: RE: Coordinated behavior among birds, fish, and insects
    >Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 12:43:41 +0100
    > <In _A New Science of Life_ (1995/1981. Park Street Press.
    > > Vermont) Sheldrake talks about slime molds (see chapter 2). Scott
    > > also discusses the slime mold in his text _Developmental Biology_ (1997.
    > > Sinauer Associates, Inc. Sunderland, Massachusetts). Interesting stuff.>
    > >
    > Cheers, Scott......... What do they say? (sorry feeling lazy today!
    >Tell me to bugger off if you like!)
    Scott Gilbert offers a lot of scary molecular detail in his text. I doubt I
    could do it justice especially without visual aids. The spiral cAMP (cyclic
    adenosine 3',5'-monophosphate) waves are pretty cool looking. I could
    imagine them being projected on a screen at some high energy music dance
    rave. Gilbert goes on about the mathematics for this being similar to that
    for spiral galaxies. Not being a cosmologist or astrophysicist or
    mathematician, I'll take his word for it. There's discussion of the life
    cycle and aggregation and differentiation and some of the chemicals
    involved. There are parts in the whole complex mess I can't quite "grok" to
    use Joe's term. The part where cell adhesion molecules are introduced is
    crucial as it ties into multicellular development in other organisms.

    On Gilbert's website there are two informative nodes
    with these URL's

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