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The fractal nature of scientific revolutions

Phil Earnhardt writes:

I stumbled across your blog entry after googling on those terms.

If I could comment on the closed entry [We had to shut off comments on old blog entries for reasons of spam — ed.], I’d note: scientific revolutions are fractal; they’re also chaotic in their dynamics. Predictability when a particular scientific revolution will take hold—or be rejected—is problematic. I find myself wishing that Chaos Theory had been established when Kuhn wrote his essay.

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  1. David Manheim says:

    I’m not sure that this is a new point. I thought fractals are chaotic near boundaries generally (by definition, almost.) If they are chaotic near boundaries, then prediction of where a boundary will be is only possible by calculating the full fractal, or in this case, by actually allowing the revolutions to occur.