Thoughts of a Catholic convert

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Monday, June 25, 2012


"[W]e have soothed ourselves into imagining sudden change as something that happens outside the normal order of things. An accident, like a car crash. Or beyond our control, like a fatal illness. We do not conceive of sudden, radical, irrational change as built into the very fabric of existence. Yet it is. And chaos theory reaches us ... that straight linearity, which we have come to take for granted in everything from physics to fiction, simply does not exist. Linearity is an artificial way of viewing the world. Real life isn't a series of interconnected events occurring one after another like beads strung on a necklace. Life is actually a series of encounters in which one event may change those that follow in a wholly unpredictable, even devastating way ... That's a deep truth about the structure of our universe. But for some reason, we insist on behaving as if it were not true."

- Jurassic Park (p. 171)


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