The OneZoom Tree of Life
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The OneZoom Tree of Life
I came upon this a couple of weeks ago while surfing. I thought the use of a fractal model to explain but, more importantly, to connect Life was really good and rather interesting.

Quote:"Big data" is a growing issue in Science and Industry. Modern computing has enabled large amounts of data to be captured and stored and has revolutionised many branches of science. These advances, however, lead to challenges, such as how to explore and visualise large data sets. The very first blue-skies idea that could have been identified with OneZoom was that of a mind map so vast that it could contain all human knowledge. The concept involved making the information easy to explore by laying it out in ever smaller bubbles using a fractal structure and a zooming interface so that the computer never runs out of space to put the information no matter how much there is.

Anyway, it's a pretty nifty thing. You can zoom in and out of different aspects and read up on individual items.

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Interactive Tree of Life:
http://www.onezoom.org/index.htm

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2015 Apr 12 16:51
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What's the pioint of this? To show how tiny and insignificant of a bit we are in the totality of terrestrial life?

We will cut down this tree. Because we can. We've got the technology.

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2015 Apr 12 17:53
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Fascinating site, but since evolution doesn't really work in a fractal way, it seems a bit un-intuitive. But it was interesting to realise that rodents a fairly recent type of mammal -- I had somehow assumed they were among the earliest mammals, but perhaps I had confused them with marsupials.

I like to look at the human self-model as a neurocomputational weapon, a certain data structure that the brain can activate from time to time.

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RE: The OneZoom Tree of Life
Another things is why separate the different domains and orders of life? They do have a common origin as far we know.

I like to look at the human self-model as a neurocomputational weapon, a certain data structure that the brain can activate from time to time.

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2015 Apr 12 21:20
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(2015 Apr 12 17:53)Aramis Wrote:  What's the pioint of this? To show how tiny and insignificant of a bit we are in the totality of terrestrial life?

We will cut down this tree. Because we can. We've got the technology.


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(2015 Apr 12 21:17)Eldritch Wrote:  Fascinating site, but since evolution doesn't really work in a fractal way, it seems a bit un-intuitive. But it was interesting to realise that rodents a fairly recent type of mammal -- I had somehow assumed they were among the earliest mammals, but perhaps I had confused them with marsupials.

Yeah, it might not be as intuitive as one thinks it ought to be. But I think it's a really interesting way to map some connections. I think they might have been going for a stylised, more organic flow chart and the fractal model fit the bill? I dunno.

It's pretty fun to look at though even if there's a crazed lumberjack in our midst. Big Grin

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