S1L3NT_C0Y0T3 wrote:I would like to point out that history is a non-linear system. (note: The Butterfly Effect is to non-linear systems what Daisyworld is to homeostasis, a grossly simplified example only.) Non-linear systems are incredibly robust. Take your heartbeat, for example. When someone hits you in the chest, your heart doesn't stop beating. This is because in a non-linear system, background noise might alter the specific outcome, but not the pattern of the system. It would take a great perterbation of your heart to stop it, like grabbing a powerline. To put it in simpler terms, despite the butterfly's wings being able to generate a hurricane in Florida, they will never start a blizzard in Ecuador, as that's too far outside the system norm.
Now this relates to history in that large scale events are roughly unchangable, but smaller events can vary wildly. For example, you couldn't stop WWII, but you could have stopped some specific person from dying in it, or changed the course of one battle. Isaac Asimov expands on this theory and it's rammifications in the Foundation Trilogy.
So theoretically, you could go back in time and save someone. It is merely a matter of ethics if you do not.
On another note, Dee Dee has a habit of running wild around dangerous equipment. I personally think she had it coming.
You cant change the past. The past has already happened. For example if I made a time machine I couldn't go back in time and change history because it happened before I built the stupid thing. If I did go back all I would be doing is playing my part in what already happened.
As for system norms you are missing a part of that. That rule in this sence applies to isolated systems. The Planet as a whole is for the most part isolated. Your statement is only half right. You never know what small thing would be the final straw.
Actually I will take that back. Because of field forces. Even my movements alter the gravitational fields the exist in the universe. Could I move a planet? No, but I could slightly change the movement of a small object on that planet. These things seem small but they for the complex chaos theory