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6. Constraining Chaos

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This chapter employs chaos theory to help it identify the dynamics of creativity in nature, of which the origin of time, “not with a bang but a whimper” is an example. It examines deterministic unpredictability from the point of view of the interdisciplinary study of time. The chapter describes about the existence of regions of unpredictable numerical solutions to certain deterministic functions, revealed by recent work on the behavior of nonlinear systems. It locates deterministic unpredictability in the developmental history of time and causation. The chapter traces the origins of predictability to the emergence of primitive forms of permanence from the primeval chaos of pure change. It concludes by noting that the creation and maintenance of conflicts between ordering and disordering processes, which has only lately achieved formal representation in exact science, has been the time-honored task of the arts and letters.

Keywords: chaos theory; deterministic unpredictability; disordering processes; nonlinear systems; ordering processes



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