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- The technical notion of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory.
- (by extension, science fiction) The notion that small changes in the past via time travel can cause disproportionately large and unforeseeable consequences in the present.
- Example of butterfly effect: stepping on a bug 4,000 years ago causes a different person to win the presidential election today.
technical notion of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory
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