“…we have soothed ourselves into imagining sudden change as something that happens outside the normal order of things.”

“‘An accident, like a car crash. Or beyond our control, like a fatal illness. We do not conceive of sudden, radical, irrational change as built into the very fabric of existence. Yet it is. And chaos theory teaches us,’ Malcolm said, ‘that straight linearity, which we have come to take for granted in everything from physics to fiction, simply does not exist. Linearity is an artificial way of viewing the world. Real life isn’t a series of interconnected events occurring one after the other like beads strung on a necklace. Life is actually a series of encounters in which one event may change those that follow in a wholly unpredictable, even devastating way,’ Malcolm sat back in his seat… ‘That’s a deep truth about the structure of our universe . But, for some reason, we insist on behaving as if it were not true.'”

-Ian Malcolm, chaos theorist.

Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park, Ballantine Books, New York: 1990. p. 171.

About C.P.

Collin is a professional writer and scholar. He holds an MA in Philosophy and a BA in English literature. His philosophical work has appeared in print published by Wiley/Blackwell and Open Court. More of his writings, philosophical, literary, comic, and just plain nonsensical are available online. He currently lives in Seattle where he is writing science fiction, dressing up for Cons, and wreaking havoc on his opponents (npcs and tabletop humans alike).
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