what is murmuration via wonderopolis: http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-is-a-murmuration/
How do starlings create the patterns their flocks make in the sky?
What field of science helps to describe a murmuration?
thousands — of starlings flying together in a whirling, ever-changing pattern is a phenomenon of nature.. how incredible these large flocks of birds can be.
scientists have been surprised to learn that the flying patterns of murmurations have more in common with physics than biology. Much remains unknown about murmurations. However, scientists now believe they may be able to describe murmurations using the principles of physics.
asy to understand how one starling knows to turn when its neighbor turns, since they’re close together and can see each other. What scientists still don’t understand, though, is how hundreds or thousands of starlings seem to know when to turn simultaneously, when birds at opposite ends of the flock are separated by space and hundreds or thousands of other birds.
Regardless of the size of the murmuration, all the birds seem to be connected to the same network. This phenomenon puzzles scientists, because it goes beyond what we know from biology about how animals behave. The mystery of the murmuration is a fascinating example of a natural phenomenon that hides secrets about the world that scientists have still yet to uncover!
then got a bit deeper while reading Kevin Carson‘s regulated state:
narrated by Don Tapscott – macrowikinomics:
the epitome of self-organization
Esko Kilpi – on murmuration et al
When we talk about relations, we often take false examples from nature: for example murmuration and bird flocks. We are well aware that the V shape of a bird flock does not result from one bird being selected as the leader, and the other birds lining up behind the leader. Instead, each bird’s behaviour is based on its position relative to nearby birds. And yes, the bird flock demonstrates a striking feature of emergent phenomena. But the birds do not need to figure out the rules of flight that guide how they organize themselves.These rules of self-organization are genetically hardwired. Nature provides this for the birds. Birds then are not “free like birds”.
When it comes to people it is a very different story. Mother nature does not provide deterministic rules for cooperation. We are free to choose, or not to choose, our own ways of doing things together. Accordingly we are ourselves responsible for formulating the principles we use to organize our life.
Social systems are thus fundamentally different from natural mechanisms. Sciences of social complexity are not the same as sciences of complexity.
interesting on birds hard wired.. humans not.
don’t know if i agree.. Mother nature does not provide deterministic rules for cooperation.
perhaps our emerging/changing/antifragile desires… can be likened to hard wire in bird to fly in v.
perhaps our hard wire is very art ist ish.. map within.. emerges as we listen to it.
murmuration et al
Giorgi Parisi, Nobel Prize for Physics 2021, has managed to develop a mathematical model that reveals the order present in complex seemingly ′′ messy ′′ systems, how can stormi birds be flying, neuronal nets or fluctuations of the global finance.
Many colleagues and pupils remember him head upside down as he observes the evolution of the stormi birds flying over the physics department. Honestly, we all happened to stay head upside down, enchanted by the beauty of those evolutions, but Giorgio Parisi wasn’t just fascinated by the spectacle: he tried to find order inside the chaos.
At first glance it seems that complex systems, like stormi, respond to unpredictable patterns, but actually conceal a hidden order. Birds form as a single net where every bird’s movement is affected by other s’ movements according to a traceable logic.
i don’t know
In short, it’s physics and math but also aesthetics and philosophy.