November 16, 2007

Small differences, large impact

Sometimes small differences in the initial conditions generate very large differences in the final phenomena. A slight error in the former could produce a tremendous error in the latter. Prediction becomes impossible; we have accidental phenomena.

- Henri Poincaré

This fact of nature makes it easier to appreciate the uniques of individuals' experiences and to appreciate the value of taking small steps. Small changes in situations can lead to important shift.

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