Line mutations

February 13, 2011 § 5 Comments

Clement Valla asked 500 individuals to trace a straight line. To be exact, each person was instructed to trace the line the person before them traced. And what started as a straight line ended up as, well you have to see the video.

The deviation from the original straight line is, on a first look, incredible. But, the more I looked, the more it seemed as a very good metaphor for genetic mutations: these errors in tracing are like errors in DNA copying and they result in completely different shapes – new species!

And seeing the unreliability of such method, just makes you wonder how true to the original are all the ancient texts that have reached us by way of manuscript copying.

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