Al LeBlanc's Blog – July 2017 Archive (3)

#Cyberpeacefare #Chaos Theory (Butterfly Effect )

chaos theory: Theory that attempts to describe and explain the highly complex behavior of apparently chaotic, or unpredictable systems that show no underlying order.  The behavior of physical systems is impossible to describe, using the standard laws of physics.  This is because the mathematics needed to describe these systems is too difficult for even the largest computers.  Such systems are sometimes known as "nonlinear " or "chaotic" systems, and they include…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on July 27, 2017 at 9:02am — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Liberty #John Adams

"I would define liberty to be a power to do as we would be done by.  The definition of liberty to be the power of doing whatever the law permits, meaning the civil laws, does not seem satisfactory." John Adams

(Individual decision making should consider the "golden rule" ethics, as well as "civil laws" ? CyberPeaceGadfly

Added by Al LeBlanc on July 25, 2017 at 7:27pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Butterfly Effect #James Gleick

"Tiny differences in input could quickly become overwhelming  differences in output.......In weather, for example, this translates into what is only half-jokingly known as the Butterfly Effect - the notion that a butterfly  stirring the air today in Peking can transform storm systems next month in New York." (James Gleick, Chaos, 1987 Prologue.

(Hopefully, one of these days,…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on July 1, 2017 at 12:09pm — No Comments

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