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The BUTTERFLY EFFECT is colloquial language used to describe the idea within chaos theory called sensitive dependence on initial conditions. This principle became the cornerstone to the science of chaos theory. Scientists interested in the butterfly effect and chaos theory are concerned about initial conditions, determinism, uncertainty of measurement, dynamic instabilities, manifestations of chaos, and perceiving new order.

It is because of the constant butterfly effect that the world's weather forecasts remain very imperfect. They are accurate for a few days, but beyond six or seven they become speculative. This is the butterfly effect in action. Tiny pieces of weather cascade into bigger and bigger effects. Likewise, mistakes and uncertainties in calculations create false assertions that, when expanded millions of times, result in false predictions.

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