The butterfly effect

The butterfly effect

Photo / AFP / Pierre-Philippe Marcou

Photo / AFP / Pierre-Philippe Marcou

Cause and effect are hotly debated in the country these days. There are many theories that are called upon by different factions to prove their point from the full gamut of academic theories to those based in folklore and superstition.

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect links the formation of a hurricane to a butterfly having fluttered its wings weeks before. If this theory is true, one can only wonder what effect Farida Osman’s performance in the women’s 100-metre butterfly swimming event in the FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on 28 July will have.

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