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Study Finds Similar Structures In the Universe, Internet, and Brain 171

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from the order-is-as-order-does dept.
SternisheFan writes "The structure of the universe and the laws that govern its growth may be more similar than previously thought to the structure and growth of the human brain and other complex networks, such as the Internet or a social network of trust relationships between people, according to a new study. 'By no means do we claim that the universe is a global brain or a computer,' said Dmitri Krioukov, co-author of the paper, published by the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego.'But the discovered equivalence between the growth of the universe and complex networks strongly suggests that unexpectedly similar laws govern the dynamics of these very different complex systems,' Krioukov noted."
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Study Finds Similar Structures In the Universe, Internet, and Brain

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  • The number 23! (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 25, 2012 @04:53PM (#42088981)

    It's everywhere! In our names, our brains, the internet and even the stucture of our galaxies! Run, Run and tell the world!

  • Anthropic Principle (Score:2, Informative)

    by Jeremiah Cornelius (137) on Sunday November 25, 2012 @05:00PM (#42089007) Homepage Journal

    The Anthropic Cosmological Principle [google.com]

    "In astrophysics and cosmology, the anthropic principle is the philosophical consideration that observations of the physical Universe must be compatible with the conscious life that observes it. Some proponents of the anthropic principle reason that it explains why the Universe has the age and the fundamental physical constants necessary to accommodate conscious life. As a result, they believe it is unremarkable that the universe's fundamental constants happen to fall within the narrow range thought to be compatible with life."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropic_principle [wikipedia.org]

  • Re:Vague (Score:4, Informative)

    by cervesaebraciator (2352888) on Sunday November 25, 2012 @06:12PM (#42089387)
    FTA:

    [...]said Dmitri Krioukov, co-author of the paper, published by the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego.

    Later:

    [...]SDSC Director Michael Norman added [...]

    And finally:

    After the downscaling, the research team turned to Trestles, one of SDSC’s data-intensive supercomputers, to perform simulations of the universe’s growing causal network. By parallelizing and optimizing the application, Robert Sinkovits, a computational scientist with SDSC, was able to complete in just over one day a computation that was originally projected to require three to four years

Premature optimization is the root of all evil. -- D.E. Knuth

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