Re: "Chaotic Forces"

Sat, 23 Apr 1994 09:59:00 PDT

Mizrach replies to my reply to him:

" I still would return to my basic point, which is that I think human
societies will defy any attempts to reduce them to Newtonian
linear-deterministic equations, in any case... precisely because they
consist of self-conscious "billiard balls" which are capable of modifying
their own momentum and position, thus making it hard to determine initial
force vectors... thus equations from chaos theory may be more

Linear-deterministic equations are definitely not the route
to go--this topic, by the way, was discussed on Anthro-L about a year ago.

However, the capability of self-modification of a trajectory implies that
non-linear deterministic differential equations are not going to be much

D. Read