18. Introduction to
- Sensitive dependence on initial conditions (a small change in the initial conditions can drastically change the long-term behavior of a system).
- In a complex system, there is never the same context twice.
- That which appears to be small scale disorder
is often actually large scale patterning.
- Systems that appear chaotic, but aren't, produce self-similarities, exact copies of parts of themselves, hidden deep inside their chaotic appearances.
- Chaotic systems feature moments/aspects of order that surround areas of attraction
- Small variation events
often cascade into large scale patterns of change.
- Chaotic systems often bifurcate when a variable changes.
- Scale is relative
to point of view: a wider view will often show patterns which look random up close.
- Chaos, then, folds back on Oscillation/Resolution/Point of View/Information
Butterfly - The Secret Life of Chaos - BBC 4 Preview
An Introduction to Chaos Theory with the Lorenz Attractor
Smart sand & robot pebbles
A Swarm of One Thousand Robots
Robot Folds Itself and Walks Away: Printable, self-folding robot created by Harvard and MIT researchers.
For concept application note:
Texts without Context
Susan Blackmore on Memes and Temes from one of four sources:
Dangerous Memes; or, What the Pandorans let loose
The Third Replicator
Evolution's third replicator: Genes, memes, and now what?
or the ted talk
Memes and "temes"