Arrow icon
Ness Labs: Make the most of your mind
Learn more about Joggo

A Summary of

The butterfly effect: the impact of deterministic chaos on our lives

by
Anne-Laure Le Cunff
Ness Labs
View original

Butterfly effect

A tiny change in initial conditions can have an outsized effect on the outcome.

Chaos theory

The things that change the world are the tiny things.

The Arrow of Time

  • Time seems to move forward, to have a direction: 
    • The past is behind us and unchangeable;
    • The future, is ahead of us and is fixed
  • We can perhaps predict the future to some extent, but we have no firm evidence or proof of it. 
    • E.g., We can’t predict the weather more than a few weeks in advance
  • The butterfly effect and chaos theory tells us we can't reverse the arrow of time
  • Randomness is the only thing that cannot be undone.

Examples of the Butterfly Effect:

  • Tiny changes in neurotransmitters can have a massive impact on cognition
  • Hitler was rejected twice by art school, perhaps history would have been different if he had been accepted.

The Butterfly Effect Teaches Us To

  1. Acknowledge the chaotic nature of life
  2. Be mindful of our starting conditions
  3. Generate the best catalysts to achieve our goals
  4. Constantly adjust our forecast
Related content
See all posts
Arrow icon
September 9, 2021
/
Anne-Laure Le Cunff
/
Ness Labs

Reducing information anxiety with the founder of Joggo

Read more
May 11, 2020
/
Anne-Laure Le Cunff
/
Ness Labs

Writing as a thinking tool

Read more
June 25, 2020
/
Anne-Laure Le Cunff
/
Ness Labs

Creating calm: how to manage stress

Read more
December 10, 2020
/
Anne-Laure Le Cunff
/
Ness Labs

Curiosity and consistency: thoughts on growing a newsletter

Read more
October 8, 2020
/
Anne-Laure Le Cunff
/
Ness Labs

How to practice nuanced thinking

Read more