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Butterfly Effect, Program Iterator, Flower

Mark, Michael, and i saw The Butterfly Effect last night. And it raised the question (n.b. i didn't say "begs the question) about what would be the long term general effect if a past event was changed.

More on that later; somehow we got onto the topic of programming. I think i mentioned with a little game theory you can make small predictions. Then i claimed that it's possible to iterate through all runnable computer programs. Mark retorted it's a very difficult challenge. Well i've started work on a new project.

This project has more to do than responding to Mark's challenge. Since this project will build the abstract syntax tree (AST) from a program, i can use that as part of my Flower Project

Haven't heard of the Flower Project? I want to put a flower on my webpage (or some other space). This flower or flower garden will model the attributes and behavior of a flower to a fine detail. It will have color, stem length, branching factor, number of petals, shape of leaves, shape of petals. Behavior will be implemented by a set of instructions. Finally you can cross the flower by mixing their attributes and mixing their instructions. It will use a genetic algorithm.

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choose your own adventure

i still want to see it! i think i'd like it. the whole thing of how an event changes the future really interests me. i view life as a "choose your own adventure" book. you know, the ones from when we were kids, where at the end of each chapter you get to a choice between two directions, and that decides the course of the story. yea. so that's life.
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Those were great. Yeah this movie is like that. The basic point of the movie is a small change early in life will bring about dramatic changes later.

I disagree. I mean sure some changes will, but the vast majority of them don't matter. E.g. if i went back 3 years and skipped breakfast on May 24th, would it make a difference in my life now? Probably not. On the other hand some changes will have huge consequences.

I think the point the movie tries to make is that you can't change the past and still be able to predict the future. I also think this point is wrong. With enough game theory you can make generalized predictions.

On that note, i finally beat this guy in a game of Pearls Before Swine.

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