Hey students! Your Organism Science lesson had been cancelled because there was an emergency meeting to discuss on the Anime Screencap Marathon. Instead, we’ll be having this brief General lesson, which will also serve as a water break for the participants in ASM.

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Basically, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.

Students: “Huh?”

In English, it is the incidence when small changes result in significant effects.

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No matter how insignificant your individual actions may be, they may still impact other groups of people. A simple analogy would be like spreading a secret/rumour. You may be only telling one person the information, but he/she may in turn, tell others about it. As a result, the number of people who know about the information will increase exponentially.

Student (Keith): “But why is it called the Butterfly Effect?”

I came upon this quote in a book before, though I can’t seem to remember its title…

A butterfly flapping its wings in China can cause a hurricane in New Mexico.

Of course, I believe the countries’ names can be anything as long as the physical distance between the two are significant.

Student (Lily): “Then was Hurricane Sandy last year caused by a pretty little butterfly?” (>_<)

Me: “Well… I’m not eliminating that possibility, but scientists have concluded that it was pretty much due to the climate and pressure differences.”

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Other than the flapping of butterfly wings, I believe that there is another reason for the high incidence of hurricanes in the world. After all, it’s a very famous quote 😉

I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!

 

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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