(urth) note Re: Short Sun blog

DAVID STOCKHOFF dstockhoff at verizon.net
Tue Sep 28 12:33:13 PDT 2010

I took the sponge comparison as a metaphor. It does not strike me as a biological process. 
But at least it isn't hostile to life---as so many sci-fi-physics transformations must be, from scanning to teleporting.

--- On Tue, 9/28/10, Jeff Wilson <jwilson at io.com> wrote:

From: Jeff Wilson <jwilson at io.com>
Subject: Re: (urth) note Re: Short Sun blog
To: "The Urth Mailing List" <urth at lists.urth.net>
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 3:29 PM

> I think I'll disagree with your premise that speeding up biological
> processes up the point of
> appearing instantaneous transforms them out of the realm of biology. There
> are many examples
> in the animal kingdom of behavior so rapid and instantaneous it seems
> magical until slowed by
> photography (bombadier beetles, bumble bee wings and cuttlefish color
> patterns come to mind).

> [I think cuttlefish pattern changes are amazing. This video shows an
> instantaneous switch from
> the strobing used to confuse prey to the camouflage used to hide from
> predators]

Their chromatophores are quick, but not so quick they transcend entropy
and conservation of mass-energy, unlike Jader's sister and Tzadkiel.
Unless the fingerling was only hidden in the finger, pre-transformed,
which is a possibility.

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