Wednesday, January 17, 2007

No determinism, no randomness

Trying to find the connection between Zeno's Paradox, Chaos Theory and Organizational Change, I ran into this idea of snow flakes. The question was how does each molecule know where to stay in order for the symmetric and unique shape to appear? The answer was self-similarity. The shape of the snowflake imitates the behavior of its molecules. Still, each snowflake is unique - we can't predict its form from looking at the initial conditions (let's say molecule behavior), since these conditions cannot be perfectly measured - there is no pure determinism and no randomness either - molecules create a pattern according to which they will arrange. Maybe it's not clear the way I put it. But the point is - even physics can say there is no faith, no hazard, only strong will.

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