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Mar 18, 1999 11:03 AM
by Gerald Schueler
>>Could you give us some examples of these "effects without causes?" I find that a fascinating idea. Louis>> In modern chaos theory, there are some systems that can go from order into chaos, or rather into a chaotic basin where it develops new behaviors. It turns out that there is no cause-effect relationship between such a system's behavior before it enters a basin and after. On the other hand, the now-famous butterfly effect shows that most complex systems deal with too many causes rendering them entirely unpredictable. And of course the famous Bell theorem which shows how some local effects can be produced from non-local causes, although how this is done is still a mystery. Chaotic systems are sensitive to initial conditions and sometimes these initial conditions can be so tiny as to be unmeasurable, thus effects are unpredictable and causes are insignificant. Jerry S. -- THEOSOPHY WORLD -- Theosophical Talk -- firstname.lastname@example.org Letters to the Editor, and discussion of theosophical ideas and teachings. To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message consisting of "subscribe" or "unsubscribe" to email@example.com.