Homework 2

Phil. 125, Prof. Dowden





Answer all questions in order. Place each answer on a separate page, and devote no more than one page, typed double space, to each answer.

1. Describe chaos theory and discuss its implications.

[Hint: butterfly effect, indeterminism, Lorenz's weather forecasting, Nietzsche, Poincaré's Recurrence Theorem.]

2. How has our civilization's understanding of time changed since ancient times?

3. Why is there something rather than nothing? What does Elliott Sober say? Do you agree?