What could be worse than the butterfly effect?

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 38 (4):pp. 519-547 (2008)
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Some have argued that chaos, with its characteristic feature of sensitive dependence on initial conditions, should be sensitive to quantum events (Hobbs 1991; Kellert 1993). The upshot of these arguments is that classical chaos would then be indeterministic, but such a conclusion is dependent on which versions of quantum theory and solutions to the measurement problem are adopted (Bishop and Kronz 1999). In this essay, the relationship between quantum mechanics and sensitive dependence is placed in the general context of nonlinear dynamics and is investigated in detail, revealing further limitations and quali…cations on these sensitive dependence arguments.



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