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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Chaotic Drama

Mathematical recursions can have any of four trajectories.

1) The sequence of iterates can converge to a fixed point (including zero).

2) The sequence of iterates can generate a finite repeating cycle.

3) The sequence of iterates can march off to infinity.

4) The sequence of iterates can yield a non-repeating pseudo-random or chaotic pattern.

Life generally corresponds to the fourth case. Cancer generally corresponds to the third case. War and other tragedies also correspond to the third case. Extinction corresponds to the first case, where the limit of the sequence vanishes to zero (the dying breed).

The 10 systemic problems which plague civilization — Conflict, Violence, Oppression, Injustice, Corruption, Poverty, Ignorance, Alienation, Suffering, and Terrorism — are currently operating in the recursive regime of cancer, war, and tragedy (meaning they are not a sustainable pattern of over-consumption of scarce planetary resources).

To see an example of how these ten plagues feed back on each other, see this story:

VA Tech Shooter Diagnosed as a
'Collector of Injustice'


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