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Check if a (possibly nested) list is real [duplicate]

I have a very large matrix of numbers. I want to check if all its entries are real. At the moment I am using realQ = And @@ Thread[Flatten[Im @ #] == 0] & Is ...
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Why is this Mandelbrot set's implementation infeasible: takes a massive amount of time to do?

The Mandelbrot set is defined by complex numbers such as $z=z^2+c$ where $z_0=0$ for the initial point and $c\in\mathbb C$. The numbers grow very fast in the iteration. ...