Recently, I was channel flipping and ended up watching one of my favorite films, Jurassic Park (1993), an action-adventure flick that centers on the re-creation of dinosaurs on an island park and the scientists who are caught in its inevitable demise. During an early trip through the park, one of those scientists, the eccentric Dr. Ian Malcolm (well-played by Jeff Goldblum), briefly muses on Chaos Theory, which supposes that complex systems are unpredictable and cannot be controlled.
“It’s only principle is the Butterfly Effect,” Malcolm explains. “A butterfly can flap its wings in Peking and in Central Park you get rain instead of sunshine.”
I really like this theory—and I needed to hear it again. . . .
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