The tech tree is fractal

Every time you zoom in on a fractal, it presents the same pattern on a different scale - in this case, every time you zoom in on a piece of knowledge, there are multiple pieces of knowledge that gave rise to it.

From a theoretical standpoint, it’s intuitive that this is basically how human brains work. Our brains smush together different pieces of knowledge to create new pieces of knowledge. (Thoughts don’t spring fully formed out of heads.)

From an empirical standpoint, a fractal tech tree fits the observed phenomena:


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