Art and the Butterfly Effect
By V. Machado
The ButterflyEeffect is a complex theory which suggests that small things, such as the flutter of a butterfly, can cause larger things to happen in the system. This can be applied in any situation of life, even though it has been disproved at a quantum level. In spite of the idea that in a bigger view, such as the universe, minimal things may not have a direct impact on the entirety of the cosmos, this phenomenon can still be understood and observed. There have been depictions of this effect in movies and TV shows, ones which show that the alteration of history is possible with the idea of time travel. One simple thing done differently in one past may have powerful effects in the present. Of course, time travel doesn’t exist in our reality and it's not all change which will have a great influence on other things.
This phenomenon is interconnected with the Chaos Theory which is both mathematical and scientific which suggests how life follows a non-linear path. The Butterfly Effect is a mere principle of this greater theory. Edward Lorenz was able to craft this proposition, by noticing the nonlinearity present in life. He used the idea of a butterfly because of the oscillations of the wing and its representation of the miniscule changes in the atmosphere. Initially, he wanted to prove that the weather wasn’t linear, which he did, and ended up discovering a much larger picture of this concept and how it may be applied to many sections of life.
Currently, the Butterfly Effect is used in artistic productions. Travis Scott, for instance, has produced an entire song named after this concept; in which he illustrates the idea that small things have large impacts. A 2004 sci-fi movie named “The Butterfly Effect” also traces over this conception in a thrilling manner.
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