I start researching chaos theory the way I imagine Ashton Kutcher would: on Wikipedia: ‘In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.’
It’s simple, effective. A more poetic version, also from Wikipedia: ‘In The Vocation of Man (1800), Johann Gottlieb Fichte says “you could not remove a single grain of sand from its place without thereby … changing something throughout all parts of the immeasurable whole”.’
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