Werndl, Charlotte (2009) What are the new implications of chaos for unpredictability? British journal for the philosophy of science, 60 (1). pp. 195-220. ISSN 0007-0882
From the beginning of chaos research until today, the unpredictability of chaos has been a central theme. It is widely believed and claimed by philosophers, mathematicians and physicists alike that chaos has a new implication for unpredictability, meaning that chaotic systems are unpredictable in a way that other deterministic systems are not. Hence, one might expect that the question ‘What are the new implications of chaos for unpredictability?’ has already been answered in a satisfactory way. However, this is not the case. I will critically evaluate the existing answers and argue that they do not fit the bill. Then I will approach this question by showing that chaos can be defined via mixing, which has never before been explicitly argued for. Based on this insight, I will propose that the sought-after new implication of chaos for unpredictability is the following: for predicting any event, all sufficiently past events are approximately probabilistically irrelevant.
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|Library of Congress subject classification:||Q Science > Q Science (General)|
|Sets:||Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method|
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