The butterfly effect is a phrase which encapsulates the more technical notion of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory. Small variations of the initial condition of a nonlinear dynamical system may produce large variations in the long term behavior of the system.
The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that ultimately cause a tornado to appear (or prevent a tornado from appearing). The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale phenomena. Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different.
Just think... If you didn't waste your time reading this then you would be 1 minute 'ahead' in your life. This 1 minute of difference will spiral out of control, eventually causing your life to deviate drastically from where it would have headed if you didn't read this.
There is no such thing as 'God'
There is no such thing as 'Destiny'
I make my own decisions.
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