Natural Systems in VC

Posted: January 6th, 2009 | Author: Manuel Lima | Filed under: Uncategorized |

In the growing database of VisualComplexity, currently featuring 640 projects, there are only 7 examples that are not human-generated “subjective” representations of a system, but plain snapshots of Nature. These pictures although involving a human action - through a camera depiction - don’t result in a subsequent human analysis through any sort of knowledge map, which characterizes all the remaining projects on VC. The debate over the representation of a system being (or not) the system itself, can easily drift into an interesting philosophical discussion where Alfred Korzybski’s statement “The map is not the territory” is surely one of many points of view.

Regardless of whether you feel these depictions of Nature are maps in their own right, they are certainly as stimulating as many of the human produced graphs on VC. I’m constantly bewildered by the inspiration Nature provides us in the most apparently insignificant and ordinary element. These 7 examples, featuring either a neural network, a gelatinous porpita porpita, or an exposed human iris, provide great inspiration for anyone dealing with the visualization of complex networks.

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5 Comments on “Natural Systems in VC”

  1. 1 Lippa said at 11:42 am on April 28th, 2009:

    Nice work! I’ll have to do a cross post on this one ;)

  2. 2 Leonarda said at 4:38 am on May 1st, 2009:


  3. 3 Unenicrymnben said at 4:52 am on June 25th, 2009:

    Not that I’m impressed a lot, but this is a lot more than I expected when I found a link on Delicious telling that the info is awesome. Thanks.

  4. 4 flash said at 3:14 am on July 9th, 2009:

    Man, that’s great…Thanks for providing such a good info………

  5. 5 Connor said at 11:00 pm on July 12th, 2009:

    Thanks a lot!! a very useful topic!!

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