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Posted by Mark on October 19, 2001 19:06:34 UTC

Alex, you speak in terms of chaos (initial conditions determine final outcome, but determinism masked by complexity).

However although determinism is subtle, it is still the rule of the day. Whosoever sets up the initial conditions, has completely fixed the final outcome regardless of complexity. Whether or not one has the means by which to accurately anticipate the course of events, is a matter of sophistication. We mere humans, are very limited!

Now Alex, allow me to refer to your own words...

>>>Strike a raw of 5-10 billiard balls (separated from each other by some distance) by a hit ball and memorize the position of the last ball after everything stops, and if any balls got lose (lets call those "sick babies").>Now, try to reproduce this set of events by placing balls back to their original positions (as accurately as you can) and striking them by the same hit ball again.

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