from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A nonrepresentational form or pattern that resembles a living organism in shape or appearance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any non-representational form based on the shape or appearance of a living organism
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A decorative form representing a living being or a part of a living being: opposed to *skeuomorph.
Dawkins came up with it as an analogy to demonstrate the power of cumulative selection in his 1986 book "The Blind Watchmaker" It is odd that his biomorph programs haven't achieved the same notoriety.
Once he had solved the difficult problem of programming a rich repertoire of mathematical distortions of the ‘rubber’, it was then a relatively simple task for him to incorporate this mathematical wizardry into a biomorph-style artificial selection program, similar to my own ‘biomorph’ programs, here described in Chapter 2.
The embryology of a biomorph on the screen is the process by which its ‘genes’ – those numerical values – influence its shape.
In the biomorph, arthromorph and conchomorph programs, we have the computer equivalent of an embryological process – three different embryological processes, all in their different ways biologically plausible.
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The adorable little fox named Rex is plucked from his home world by a mysterious spaceship and transported to the arcane world of Edernia, where he meets Aven, an enigmatic biomorph with a flying saucer.
As a result, the exhibition has been organized around thematic areas that highlight the works 'connections to contemporary cultural and social phenomena: biomorph, identity, web repurposing, new light, hope and promise, surveillance, and simulation.
Some total solar eclipses display a bird-like form in the sun's corona and it is notable that a high percentage of the biomorph geoglyphs depict birds and some of these bird geoglyphs are directly aligned with or otherwise associated with solstice sunrise or sunset points.
My research into the Nazca Lines shows that an unusually high number of total solar eclipses took place in the skies above Peru during the time frame that the Nazca Lines and biomorph geoglyphs were constructed.
This theory is highly plausible but it does not explain why the Nazca culture aka Nasca culture "Indians" created gigantic biomorph geoglyphs that are best viewed from high in the air by an "Eye in the Sky" as it were.
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