The beach, nostradamus, and some chaos madness

First, let me start by saying that I just got back from THE most relaxing and amazing vacation for thanksgiving. It was definitely much needed, because I seriously feel like I’m going to pull my hair our from all the stress of school. I’ll forewarn you- never take four ‘4’ credit classes at the same time. I almost took 5 because I normally take a full semester, but thank god I didn’t or I would be slamming my head into the wall by now. ANYWAY! We went to anna maria island with the Hatfields (who are like my other family) for 4 days. We spent every day, almost, by the beach. I got a glorious tan. Here is a little picture to wet your appetite:

Okay! now on to more things! I was watching this show on Nostradamus last night that completely fascinated me. I know what you’re thinking… he was just some insane old man who claimed to be a prophet. He may very well have been, but I have been pondering if there is any truth to what the man wrote and predicted. I won’t bore you with the hardcore scriptures and what not, because frankly, you can look that up on your own. Lol. I did find that he was using algorithms to make his prophecies. He was using the cover of mysticism because at that point in time, science and math were not acceptable means to predict anything. Back then was a time when astrology still ran rampant and people wanted to believe that things from the heavens were controlling their lives. So these algorithms that he formed could predict blocks of times when certain things can happen.

I strongly believe in the idea that EVERYTHING has a pattern to it. It may not be immediately noticeable, but given enough time, things will repeat themselves into a pattern. It may even take millions of years- but if you can track it, it will revert back to the beginning and start all over again. This is where I start to sound like a mad scientist I suppose, because I have to be a little nuts to be able to wrap my head around this. So- the chaos theory. Have you heard of it? The chaos theory says:

In mathematics, chaos theory describes the behavior of certain dynamical systems – that is, systems whose states evolve with time – that may exhibit dynamics that are highly sensitive to initial conditions (popularly referred to as the butterfly effect). As a result of this sensitivity, which manifests itself as an exponential growth of perturbations in the initial conditions, the behavior of chaotic systems appears to be random. This happens even though these systems are deterministic, meaning that their future dynamics are fully defined by their initial conditions, with no random elements involved. This behavior is known as deterministic chaos, or simply chaos.

WHAT?! Yeah. If you’re any normal person you’re probably going “what the eff” and scratching your head. Lucky for me, I used to love the idea of the chaos theory so I took the liberty of looking up everything, and morphing it into something understandable and not gibberish-like.

In the easiest way that I can explain, the chaos theory basically states that things start from a certain point, and evolve. This evolution seems to be random, but is ultimately deterministic; meaning that the outcome is directly related to the beginning and the path that the function took. It’s like taking pieces into a whole. The pieces may seem completely random and erratic, but they form and function something entirely different, which was completely purposeful. While this doesn’t directly relate to nostradamus or his algorithms, it does go back to my little diddy about how everything has a pattern to it, even if its not immediately recognizable. The earth is made of billions upon billions of particles, matter, and molecules. To explain it better, when asking whether an electron has a noticable pattern when moving from one energy level to another, the answer would be this:

Short answer; the motion is completely deterministic, but not predictable
in the everyday, macroscopic sense.  The more accurately you try to measure
momentum of the electron in transit, the less you will know about its position.

And VOILA! Point proven. So what I’m pretty much trying to say, is that before you dismiss a “crazy prophet”, take a minute and look at how scientists and mathematicians really work. They use numbers to predict behavior. Albeit, not necessarily people. But I believe that all people have a behavioral pattern that can ultimately be broken down into numbers if observed for a long enough time, therefore making their future motions highly predictable. Once that is figured out, it can be formed into an algorithm which can keep predicting it based on a set formula. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS COULD POSSIBLY MEAN!??!?!!?

… It means I need to stop overanalyzing things. The end.

  • Olechka-persik

    Thanks for post. Nice to see such good ideas.