Het holografische karakter van visuele regelmaat
Amsterdam : KNAW
Jaarboek Vereniging van Akademie-onderzoekers
InOver de grenzen van het weten [On the limits of knowledge], pp. 49-53
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Over de grenzen van het weten [On the limits of knowledge]
Virtually all living organisms have a form which exhibits mirror symmetry. Humans and many other species have, on the one hand, visual systems which are very good in detecting mirror symmetry, and, on the other hand, show a preference for mirror symmetric forms in mating and pollinating behavior. This preference is often attributed to the fact that the degree of symmetry in a living form is an indication of the genetic quality of this form. In this article, it is argued that this preference is actually to be attributed to the high visual detectability of mirror symmetry. It is argued further that the quality indication by mirror symmetry, and the high visual detectability of mirror symmetry, are based on similar concepts of "growth".
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