|InterJournal Complex Systems, 481
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Submission Date: 10318
Comment on manuscript revision number 30877|
ICCS Review for paper 360 by L. Sacks.
Subject(s): CX.20, CX.14, CX.11
Category: Brief Article
This is a very interesting paper with a clear didactic description of Ball lightning and interpretation in the mould of complexity and (maybe non-linear) dynamic feedback systems. In particular it is an interesting experimental attack on the issues discussed (originally I think) by Smirnov ("Fractal Clusters", 1986, in Usp. Fiz. Nauk 19; see discussion in The Almighty Chance, Zeldovich et al) in which the Hausdorff dimensionality is actually estimated. However my remarks  as for the Plasma paper  by the same authors apply and I feel it is a long way away from a discussing of the 'precursors of living complex systems'. I do agree that you need precursors - mettastable states that emerge naturally. However this case is substantially different to those - textually similar - physical or chemical phenomena discussed as early biology; i.e. amino acid soups or mud on rocks. In these examples, as in life, the self organizing is necessary but not sufficient without external selection mechanisms.
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