How extensive is the butterfly effect? Speculation...

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by NHBL, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. catboy637 La Filo de Ne Dion.

    Dec 17, 2008
    The Crossroads of Evil and Maple St.
    The butterfly effect, on ageoligical scale, may just work. One butterfly flap, moves the wind a little bit, more wind moves that way, enough wind would move a tornado!
  2. aktarian illegal in 20 states

    Jan 2, 2004
    In your closet/in your head
    pressure along fault lines builds up until earthquake happens. If a nuclear explosion would cause earthquake to happen sooner than it would happen naturally less pressure is released and eartquake is less powerfull and hence less destructive.
  3. DaveJ576 Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2008
    Portage, MI
    Temporal Inertia

    A favorite science fiction writer of mine from the late 80's postulated in his books about his theory of "temporal inertia". It was how he mitigated the effects of paradoxes.

    Basically, he likened a time stream to a river with a strong current. Throw in a small stone and it will make a splash and a few ripples, but the current will quickly overcome the disturbance and in short order the course of the flow is restored. Larger and larger rocks will create larger and larger disturbances, but the current is strong enough to overcome all. Even a large boulder that sticks out above the surface creating a permanent change will still allow the river to flow around it, quickly reform, and continue on its previous course.

    He did grant that if you were to drop a big enough boulder into the river, you will eventually change its course permanently.

    If you think of a time line in this fashion, this temporal inertia would also tend to weaken the effects of butterflys.

  4. Zyzzyva Was a Teenage Swine-Flu Vector

    Dec 20, 2005
    Karl Marx Cholm, Bygrad
    Not quite sure what ageoligical means, but if it means "a matter of months at the outside", you're completely right. ;)