Friday, August 08, 2003

I think I may be on to something

...although in these situations, it often turns out that I am, in fact, not. I shall not, however, allow that to deter me in the least.

You see, I got to wondering tonight about the motion of people in a large group. Consider, for example, the flow of foot traffic in the corridor of Busch Stadium during a Cardinals game. How, if at all, does the ostensible free will of the individuals moving through/with/against the throng effect their movement? Does the human consciousness have any sort of mathematically discernable impact on an individual’s behavior in a situation like this? Or upon the pattern of the entire motion taken as a whole?

In particular I wonder, if one could describe the motion of both water molecules in flowing water and people in a flowing crowd with some success mathematically, would it then be possible to make some comparisons? Would these comparisons provide any insight into the nature of free will?

posted by Malaclypse the Tertiary at 11:08 PM ·

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