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The Butterfly Effect Experiment

Alternative History Creation
 
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OK, we all know the story or some version thereof: travel to the past, squash the butterfly, come back, and the Axis Powers won WWII.

Simultaneously (to the extent that's possible), we have a clearly unprecedented, in modern times, fucked up state of affairs world wide.

Now, we don't quite have a time machine that we know of. But what we do have is a fairly reliable supply of butterflies.

Assembling a statistically significant sample of said beauties, and choosing a corresponding number of locations where these butterflies would have no business of being in the first place, deliver them to said locations, and release them to flap their wings at will.

Proceed to observe history being changed in front of our eyes.

Or Not.

theircompetitor, Apr 15 2018

Papilio tempestae https://wiki.lspace...weather_butterflies
Quantum weather butterflies [8th of 7, Apr 15 2018]

A Sound of Thunder http://web1.nbed.nb...-Ray%20Bradbury.pdf
Ray Bradbury wrote what might be the seminal story on this topic. [Vernon, Apr 15 2018]

Made to order Quantum Weather Butterflies Advertising_20butterflies
Now with added fractal edges. [Skewed, Apr 16 2018]

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       // the Axis Powers won WWII //   

       That would be where Germany ends up as an economic superpower dominating Europe with only the plucky Brits remaining to stand up to their plans for a federal Europe with a single currency ... ?   

       This is all very well, but you don't just need any butterflies; you need Quantum Weather Butterflies, with fractal wing edges and the Mandelbrot set in place of "eye-spots" ...   

       <link>
8th of 7, Apr 15 2018
  

       Actually the butterflies have been having a rather hard time of it, lately. Not enough milkweed.
RayfordSteele, Apr 15 2018
  

       //observe history being changed// Right. And how would you tell?
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 15 2018
  

       Let them eat milk wood.
Skewed, Apr 15 2018
  

       So you mean, some butterflies are more butterflysh? Maybe yes, let's see for those sensitivities to conditions? Doing that all the time.
Inyuki, Apr 15 2018
  

       So you mean, some butterflies are more butterflysh? Maybe yes, let's see for those sensitivities to conditions? Doing that all the time.
Inyuki, Apr 15 2018
  

       You couldn't tell, [MB], but you'd feel you're doing something about it
theircompetitor, Apr 16 2018
  

       Like voting in an election, then ?
8th of 7, Apr 16 2018
  

       kinda, but something to achieve different results.
theircompetitor, Apr 16 2018
  

       Difficult : it's doubtful the placement map has anything to do with anything else, sort of by definition.
FlyingToaster, Apr 16 2018
  

       Perhaps one could identify a The Butterfly Effect Experiment effect?
Ian Tindale, Apr 16 2018
  

       According to the many worlds interpretation of physics you would get many a preferred result.   

       You could amplify your result with words and computer programs.   

       Just make a two hashtag tweet:   

       #butterfly and #psuedorandomhashtag   

       You would have an autoposter to twitter then spam twitter with millions of butterflies, each with a hashtag next to them from your list of of pseudorandom hashtags   

       #butterfly #dontinvaderussia #butterfly #moreeugenicslesskilling #butterfly #mellow out   

       Also, this is nicer to live butterflies and works at a more robust level. Think of the F=MA of all those keypresses of the responding tweeters, as well as influencing macroscopic change agents (people)
beanangel, Apr 16 2018
  

       Macroscopic change agent should be one of those nebulous job titles, like consultant.
RayfordSteele, Apr 16 2018
  

       //you need Quantum Weather Butterflies, with fractal wing edges and the Mandelbrot set in place of "eye-spots"//   

       No problem with [MB]'s printed butterflies [link], if we add a cookie cutter widget thingy to the printer we can do your fractal edges too.
Skewed, Apr 16 2018
  

       Hey, we're up to laser engraving now. We can even iridiscize while we fractalize.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 17 2018
  

       That would also take care of the leading edge (costal margin) baffle-pattern which causes air disturbance in turn causing a lift effect, even without any airfoil cross section.
Ian Tindale, Apr 17 2018
  

       If you run short of butterflies you could even use moths, no one could tell the difference once you'd trimmed & printed them.   

       "I can't believe it's not butterflies"
Skewed, Apr 17 2018
  

       Moths are easier to trim and print, because when not flying they tend to have their wings open flat, whereas butterflies fold them together.   

       This is how you tell the difference, as any fule kno.
8th of 7, Apr 17 2018
  

       Clearly I am no fule, because I didn't kno (or if I ever did I'd forgotten).   

       Maybe there's a ligament or something somewhere we could snip to encourage the wings to close while resting, then the disguise will be perfect.
Skewed, Apr 17 2018
  

       A large mallet is very effective for encouraging pigeons to spread their wings while "at rest" (i.e. dead).   

       It would probably work for moths, too.
8th of 7, Apr 17 2018
  
      
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