"chaos theory"

Chris Burford cburford at gn.apc.org
Thu Sep 21 23:59:32 MDT 1995


Jerry: (20th Sept)
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Chris and Lisa understand that chaos theory is useful in the natural
sciences. I would suggest that techniques that are useful in the natural
sciences may not be useful for understanding some social/economic questions.

Chris B:
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Why ever not?

What is the qualitative difference between what you call the
natural sciences and social/economic questions, that is so relevant
that chaos theory may be applicable in one area but not another?

Do you regard the life sciences as natural sciences?

Social and economic questions are about how human beings
reproduce collectively as a species. If chaos theory can apply to
the economics of fish in a lake, why not to human economics?




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