Systems Thinking - Edward Lorenz and Real Life Examples of the Butterfly Effect

Systems Thinking - Edward Lorenz and Real Life Examples of the Butterfly Effect

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Mark Einsiedel USSY 204 – Systems Thinking February 14, 2010 More on the Butterfly Effect Just the other day, I was driving back to campus along the highway and noted that the speed limit was 65 miles per hour. I had never really thought about it and, like most people, generally went anywhere from five to twenty miles over the posted speed limit. On this day, I thought to myself, “What does it really matter if I go 65 or 70 miles per hour?” Then, I began to think in the ideas of system theory and at that moment I decided it does in fact matter. I thought of how many times I had come up on an intersection and seen traffic running perpendicular to me and watched someone go flying through an obvious red light. I began to think that if I had been there just mere seconds earlier, I could have been killed by this reckless driver. Then, I began to think even deeper about the whole situation. I began to think, “What is it that makes people drive those few miles per hour over the
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2010 for the course EMAE 172 taught by Professor Jimdrake during the Spring '09 term at Case Western.

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Systems Thinking - Edward Lorenz and Real Life Examples of the Butterfly Effect

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