August 28th, 2008

Self-Replicating Device

Things New Parents Should Know # 3 - Recursion

There are a couple of definitions of recursion, but the one I'm concentrating on is a repeating or self-sustaining pattern. A simple visual example would be to have two mirrors facing each other so that they reflect one another and the reflections appear to recede to infinity.

Another one is the simple shampoo instructions -

1. Lather
2. Rinse
3. Repeat

A third example is the following -

1. Baby doesn't like being even partially undressed for a nappy change, and so cries and gets distressed
2. In its distressed state, it gets so upset that it starts to vomit and poo more as its stress levels rise
3. This requires more clean-up, meaning the baby is undressed longer, adding to the stress, and so the cycle continues
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