[extropy-chat] something rather than nothing

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Sat Mar 24 03:57:17 UTC 2007

On 3/24/07, The Avantguardian <avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Is the fact that once a replicator molecule
> > develops, it will take hold and
> > evolve in response to environmental changes and
> > competition from other
> > replicators "non-accidental"? That is, could it
> > logically have been
> > otherwise?
> Yes. That is the mathematical truth of chaos theory:
> Everything depends on initial conditions and
> thereafter unpredictable phenomena can be completely
> deterministic and deterministic phenomena can be
> completely unpredictable and not even statistics can
> tell the difference.

I see that the term "accidental" could be confusing. I take it as meaning in
this context that order might "accidentally" arise from disorder, without
any supernatural influences. However, we could also say that since this is
bound to happen it is "no accident".

Stathis Papaioannou
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