Snowballs, dominos and butterflies

March 8, 2008 at 12:28 am | Posted in Chatting | Leave a comment
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When I started bugging everybody about my Nordic plans and ideas -that was like half a year ago- I had no idea that that would became a kind of prompt for attracting Nordic things to me, as an magnet. One day, I was in a cafe with a friend chatting about my recent trip to Iceland, and the woman next to us resulted to be an Icelandic. Taking into account that I live in Barcelona (that’s one million and a half of people), that they are three hundred thousand people, and that the distance between the to places is almost 3,000 quilometers, that was a coincidence. Then my friend explained to me the:

Law of Attraction: has been used by many esoteric writers, although the actual definition varies greatly. Most authors associate the Law of Attraction with the saying, “like attracts like”, usually as applied to the mental life of human beings: that a person’s thoughts (conscious and unconscious), emotions, beliefs and actions attract corresponding positive or negative experiences. This process has been described as “harmonious vibrations of the law of attraction”, or “you get what you think about; your thoughts determine your experience. [Wikipedia]

That was a pretty funny theory, but it sticked on me. Some months ago, I started receiving “Nordic information” from friends. Everytime they found something both closely or distantly related with my interest (that could be a pic of a reindeer or a map of the Inuit dialects), they say it or emailed me about it. Then a workmate told me about the:

Snowball effect: is a figurative term for a process that starts from an initial state of small significance and builds upon itself, becoming larger (graver, more serious), and perhaps potentially dangerous or disastrous (a vicious circle, a “spiral of decline”), though it might be beneficial instead (a virtuous circle). [Wikipedia]

Searching the Wikipedia, I’ve founded some more interesting effects.

Domino effect: occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and so on in linear sequence, by analogy to a falling row of dominoes standing on end. The domino effect also relates to a chain of events.

Butterfly effect: is a phrase which encapsulates the more technical notion of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory. Small variations of the initial condition of a nonlinear dynamical system may produce large variations in the long term behavior of the system. So this is sometimes presented as esoteric behavior, but can be exhibited by very simple systems: for example, a ball placed at the crest of a hill might roll into any of several valleys depending on slight differences in initial position.

I don’t know which one causes what, but the fact is that something is working. Snowballs, dominos, butterflies whatsoever, it works.

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