10 February 2017

from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting at 6:30pm: Chaos

Dear Friends,

This Sunday we are discussing: Chaos.

This is an everyday term that we use to describe such ideas as disorder,
turmoil, confusion and any other event that does not fit to our sense of
order and regularity. Chaos gives us that feeling that we are not in
control of a situation and the situation itself does not seem to abide
to any form or rule or order.

From big natural events such as tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes and
snow on railway tracks to traffic jams or a teenager's bedroom chaos is
all around us. Some types of chaos we can cope with whilst others are
life threatening.

One form of social chaos is political turmoil. Although we can explain
earthquakes and tornadoes, how do we explain moral degeneration that
leads to war or famine? What are the necessary and sufficient conditions
that bring about moral turmoil?

Of course, we shouldn't confuse human created chaos with what is known
as mathematical chaos. In modern times the popular form of mathematical
chaos was brought to our attention by Benoit Mandelbrot the 1970s and
the 80s. Mathematical chaos has explained a number of natural phenomena
which in turn lead to new solutions to old problems.

From our perspective, does the idea of chaos and maybe randomness that
we seem to associate with it, absolve us from moral responsibility and
rational behaviour?

Best Lawrence

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from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting at 6:30pm: Chaos

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