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Civilization Vs Barbarism

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Posted by Jim Bergquist on February 16, 2001 09:00:50 UTC

A system is stable only if it satisfies certain conditions. An amplifier can experience run-away feedback if its input is not regulated properly. In chaos theory, the small changes in the state of a system, such as those produced by the limit with which we can store data, can end up dominating the results of a calculation. Small physical changes, such as noise can lead to long term changes in a system. This is referred to as the butterfly effect.

In a civilized society one accepts rules and regulations, constraints on one's behavior, for the good of all. I doubt that chaotic societies will survive over the long haul. By their nature they are self distructive. They can only breed more chaos. We call this barbarism.

Systems that are well behaved are characterized by their data being bounded. This my be why the ellipses, circles and parabolas end up being more stable. But I think that there is more too it.

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