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In place of this message there should be Java applet. .

your drag mouse creates new brain cells. index   | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |

(5) this machine demonstrates the difficult way to find decisions...

... and consists of a collection of brain cells which, based on a few mathematical rules, can live, die or multiply. depending on the initial conditions, the cells form various patterns throughout the population of neighbors. a cell is born if it has 3,5 or 7 neighbours, stays alive if it has 2,3 or 8 living neighbours, and dies otherwise.
the patterns that emerge from the simple rules may be considered a form of chaotic. small isolated subpatterns with no initial symmetry tend to become symmetrical. in a few cases the collection of brain cells eventually dies out. most initial decissions eventually "burn out", producing either stable figures or oscillate forever.

note: press 'r' to reset, press 's' to paused or start. and press 'arrow keys' for speed.

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© frank richter, 2001-2003