J. BRIGGS and F.D. PEAT state "Chaotic systems are locally unpredictable, but globally stable" (1991, p. 74). They give the now classical example of climate.
According to K.B.DE GREENE (1990, p.52), who quotes R.L. DEVANEY (1987): "… a completely chaotic system (is) one that is unpredictable (highly dependent on initial conditions that greatly reduce the accuracy of numerical study), indecomposable (the system cannot be broken into subsystems), and recurrent (producing periodic orbit). These features correspond to physical systems that show turbulence"
And: "… systems (may) not be completely chaotic and may show limited windows of chaos. In systems evolution chaos and turbulence may well be prerequisite to structural change".
These concepts are also applicable to ecosystems and sociosystems.
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