Re: Is X a Y?

Hal Finney (
Sun, 27 Jul 1997 14:50:51 -0700

John K Clark, <>, writes:
> Forget about "reality", I want to know if the Mandelbrot Set
> is different in some very fundamental way from the Virgo Cluster.

Then it depends on what you mean by "fundamental", right? The Virgo
cluster is made of atoms, the Mandelbrot set is not. The Virgo cluster
interacts with matter and energy, the Mandelbrot set does not. The
Mandelbrot set has thickness zero, the Virgo cluster has a nonzero

Are these kinds of things fundamental? Your taste is as good as mine.