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NashKhatri
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IF the Titanic had had enough lifeboats ....

While statements such as “If the Titanic had had enough lifeboats, not as many people would have died” have merit from a historical perspective in terms of learning from past mistakes, we have no way of knowing whether the giant ship would have hit the fateful iceberg and sunk had there been even a single extra lifeboat on board.

 

That's a quote from my book.

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Taylor-Marie
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Re: IF the Titanic had had enough lifeboats ....

Nice statement.

 

But as if having more lifeboats would have been more helpful, they barely used the ones they already had.

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Re: IF the Titanic had had enough lifeboats ....

I honestly don't see any connection between the Titanic hitting the iceberg and the amount of lifeboats on board. Are you saying an extra life boat or two would have somehow scared off the iceberg?

 


NashKhatri wrote:

While statements such as “If the Titanic had had enough lifeboats, not as many people would have died” have merit from a historical perspective in terms of learning from past mistakes, we have no way of knowing whether the giant ship would have hit the fateful iceberg and sunk had there been even a single extra lifeboat on board.

 

That's a quote from my book.

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Re: IF the Titanic had had enough lifeboats ....


PaulH wrote:

I honestly don't see any connection between the Titanic hitting the iceberg and the amount of lifeboats on board. Are you saying an extra life boat or two would have somehow scared off the iceberg?

 


NashKhatri wrote:

While statements such as “If the Titanic had had enough lifeboats, not as many people would have died” have merit from a historical perspective in terms of learning from past mistakes, we have no way of knowing whether the giant ship would have hit the fateful iceberg and sunk had there been even a single extra lifeboat on board.

 

That's a quote from my book.

www.ThinkingIsAuthorized.com


 


 

Sounds like the butterfly effect.
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Re: IF the Titanic had had enough lifeboats ....

The quote after the previous one is "That’s because we don’t have any way of knowing what path the past states would have followed if a single event, however great or minuscule it may appear, would have happened in a slightly different way than it actually did."
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Re: IF the Titanic had had enough lifeboats ....

Of course, I'm not saying that, PaulH - are you being funny? ha!

The next quote expresses the (philosophical) point of the discussion:

"Due to endless inter-linkages, everything, including possibly our own existence, would had to have changed to accommodate any tweaking in the past state envisioned by the if statement. For the present to be what it actually is, the past had to have taken the unique path that it actually did, since the very beginning."  
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Re: IF the Titanic had had enough lifeboats ....

Not quite, dulcinea3. There's a subtle difference.

 

The Butterfly Effect Theory asserts that the flapping of a single butterfly’s wings today produces a minuscule change in the state of the atmosphere that, over a period of time, results in a large-scale impact that otherwise may not have occurred.

 

My take on this is slightly different; I assert that regardless of how minor our actions may seem (and irrespective of whether those actions will eventually have a large-scale impact), we will nonetheless contribute to the particular overall situation (i.e., state) of the universe, indefinitely into the future.