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How to redesign government using fractals

A fractal has been defined as “a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole,” a property called self-similarity.

A sprout comes out of the ground, and then splits into branches. Each of these branches then splits again into new branches, and each of these branches splits again into new branches. At each point in this process, it is as if two new, smaller trees emerge, and the new branches can be thought of as the trunks of the next generation of trees. So a large tree can be seen as a collection of many smaller trees of various sizes. Thus the repetition of branching that forms the tree also generates the tree’s self-similarity. In plant science, the branching points are called ‘nodes’, and the branches themselves ‘internodes’.

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Public servant. #Localgov #Scrutiny Policy person. Dad. Husband. Citizen. Politics PhD.

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