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).
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)
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 existed, always will exist” (26-27)
Is time linear? Or is that only how we perceive it to be?
What if all time was happening all at once? This is one of the main ideas explored in Slaughterhouse-Five, and something that I found particularly intriguing. Continue reading “Clocks and the Linearity of Time”