The chaos of life

In which any attempt to predict a course in life will only end in failure.

Coin on a table

I don’t believe in going back and changing history, it is easy to redefine one event for a different outcome but there is little heed paid to the ripples of your new reality.

When you toss a coin and call heads or tails the impact of your choice does have some effect on the next time you flick it in the air. Did you get it right, then maybe you will be more likely to go with the same decision again (or maybe not because it’s 50/50) so changing your mind is going to have repercussions.

Let’s say you have you do a coin toss once a day, then you are creating 730 different realities a year. If everyone on the planet did the same then we are creating 5,110,000,000,000 options a year. This is just human decisions over a coin toss, it doesn’t count the myriad of choices we make every day let alone over a lifetime.

Now consider the impact of making a big change to your history. This is not just a Butterfly in Tokyo causing a tornado in Texas, it is creating a hurricane in your life.

Let’s throw a little chaos theory in while we are talking all physics.

That’s just a picture of Professor Brian Cox, this will give my physics a more populist bent.

For everyone of those decisions I am changing the outcome of any event, in my new reality the course of actions will rapidly veer away from the prime timeline. What if your new reality prevents two people from meeting? This is causing the non-existence of a whole family, with the ripples filtering out to change the course of history. Maybe that person becomes a nurse who treats the mechanic who fixes the car that belongs to the person who dies of cancer and motivates their child to find it’s cure.

Take the birth of Baby G, the following events all took place to bring this around (in reverse order):

  • Married Mrs G
  • Met Mrs G
  • R introduced me to Mrs G
  • Made friends with R
  • Got a job at Calor
  • Made Redundant
  • Had an ‘episode’
  • Fell out with people at Opticians
  • Turned down by a Princess
  • Got a job at Opticians

Throw in not passing my exams, dropping out of university twice and so forth. Then all the butterflies that flapped their wings so Mrs G made friends with the right person and the actual birth of Baby G is a miracle. Any slight change to this sequence breaks it, the fragility of reality is such that a tiny decision is as important as big decision.

To speculate on the impact of the new multiverse is as pointless as the Giant Panda. The impact of doing well at University may have been that I was involved in a road accident in 2004, not applying for that job at the opticians could have made me a lottery millionaire.

It is not possible to plot a new history more than a coin toss ahead.

Source: Chaos

Author: Daddysaurus

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

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