Chaos in Media

Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park opens with Dr. Ian Malcom delivering a talk about chaos theory and dinosaurs at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI). SFI is a hub for complex systems research and a home to Ian Malcom, the man with bold plans for de-extinction . Fans of the novel (and the later movie) and reporters reached out to SFI to get in contact with Malcom. The only problem was that he only existed in Crichton’s book, not in real life. The fact that some students at SFI had created a webpage for Malcom hosted on SFI’s website only added to the confusion.

As chaos and complexity become more popular, the line between fact and fiction can become blurred. 


Image taken from xkcd

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