Thursday, May 17, 2012

Butterfly Effect

This seems a bit like something from the Hitchiker's Guide to the Universe, especially with the diagram but I do believe it is quite real and pertains to the current of work that I have been making with ink blots or Rorschach Tests, otherwise known as Butterfly Prints...

The following quote is taken from WikiPedia...


In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions, where a small change at one place in a nonlinear system can result in large differences to a later state. The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, is derived from the theoretical example of a hurricane's formation being contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks before.
Although the butterfly effect may appear to be an esoteric and unlikely behavior, it is exhibited by very simple systems: for example, a ball placed at the crest of a hill may roll into any of several valleys fully depending on slight differences in initial position.
The butterfly effect is a common trope in fiction when presenting scenarios involving time travel and with hypotheses where one storyline diverges at the moment of a seemingly minor event resulting in two significantly different outcomes.

stills from my video - 8