Concluding Thoughts

"It ends like this: Poo-tee-weet?" (22) Despite being a so called "anti-war novel", I decided that what interested me more was the role that time played in this novel, and how it compared to its role in the real world. Specifically, the idea of the non-linearity of time. We live in a society where these [...]

3 Essential Questions… Answered?

In conclusion... Is time linear? Maybe- just because we can't see the fourth dimension doesn't mean it's not there. At the same time, it's in our nature to need to see proof to convert our thinking from what "might be" to what is. “each clump of symbols [describes] a situation, a scene. We Tralfamadorians read [...]

The Butterfly Effect and the Non-Linearity of Time

"It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world" (The Butterfly Effect, 2004 movie) Should time not be linear, the butterfly effect would be irrelevant and it would simply seem as though cause-and-effect were real. But if cause-and-effect were not [...]

Introducing the Butterfly Effect

According to the Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions theory, also called the Chaos Theory, but more known to mainstream media as the Butterfly Effect, "the flap of a butterfly's wings might ultimately cause a tornado" (Peter Dizikes, February 22, 2011). Essentially, Lorenz's theory proves that "forecasting the future can be nearly impossible" (Peter Dizikes, February 22, [...]

The Non-Linearity of Time

Seeing may be believing, but that does not mean we must go on in complete ignorance of what else might be. "It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another on, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone, it is gone forever" (27) Hence, [...]

How Soon is Now?

Time, a theory brought to you by the Tralfamadorians. "The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present, and future, always have [...]