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Re: flocking

Artificial life enthusiasts (e.g. Chris Langton) have shown that true
behavior, in which a coherent group of agents maintains distances and follows

complex trajectories, is extremely easy to imitate in computer programs.
The first computer entities to exhibit this "behavior" were called "boids".
So, it seems easy to get to flocking behavior from many different starting
points and the behavior need not be inherited from as far back as fish.
-Gus Derkits

Ridgerunner wrote:

>   I'm sure most people have seen gigantic
> > flocks of starlings or blackbirds that, while flying, may all suddenly
> > wheel and turn in unison.  What allows them to communicate this sort of
> > action to one another?  And in the world of pure speculation, is it
> > possible birds have inherited this trait from the theropods?  Or is it
> > something that has evolved much later? I'm not sure what other birds
> > participate in this sort of behavior...
> >
> > Andrea Kirk
> > University of Maryland
> >
>         Just to confuse things further, schooling fishes are masters at
> this turning and wheeling as one.  Do you suppose this sort of
> behavior comes from that far back?
>         Blue