Talk:Conway's Game of Life

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Link to Xlife[edit]

I've just found that a link to XLife is rather too old. It points to v3.5 of this program. This old version can't be compliled directly without manual edition with modern gcc. Other links are too numerous and empty in many cases. They also missed some variants of Xlife. So there are links to newer versions: (v3.6), (v5.3), (v5.0.8), (v6.0).

graph theoretic description of game of life shapes[edit]

Is there a graph centric/(-like) description of the glider shape? Would such a shape include references to the adjacent, presumably empty spaces? Why is the state of a generation of game of life usually visually represented as a two dimensional array when a graph theoretic description might yield other, potentially better results (for the purpose of teaching and learning)? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Joshua.marshall.moore (talkcontribs) 03:33, 16 August 2015 (UTC)


Dennett draws far-reaching philosophical conclusions from Conway's Game of Life. Many cellular automata exist. Conway chose his rules on whim, with a view to producing interesting results. Dennett could be accused of cherry-picking. The article says "Conway chose his rules carefully". The four criteria were chosen by Conway. The supposedly absent designer is called Conway. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A00:23C0:FCF6:4801:F013:A013:C16C:8D15 (talk) 08:09, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

Conway chose the infinite size of the board. He chose the number of dimensions, two. He chose the number of colours, two. He chose the eight neighbours. He chose the four transitions.
He chose the squares.
Conway's four rules are vague. It is a matter of opinion what is "explosive growth", for instance. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A00:23C0:FCF6:4801:F013:A013:C16C:8D15 (talk) 08:27, 16 May 2018 (UTC)