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Scaling 2: You and I are fractals

Simplifying Complexity

Why Bigger Animals Live Longer: The Relationship between Size, Energy, and Longevity

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The larger an animal is, the more efficient it becomes in terms of energy consumption. This is because the self-similar fractal structure of larger animals allows them to save energy. Bigger animals require less energy proportionally to run their bodies due to the massive amount of tissue per gram or per cell. As a result, bigger animals experience less wear and tear and live longer than smaller animals. The reason for less wear and tear is that bigger animals use less energy and create less damage, reducing entropy. This principle can also be observed in machines, where those subjected to less stress and driven at lower revs per minute tend to last longer.

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