Dem bones


“Ezekiel cried, “Dem dry bones!”
Oh hear the word of the Lord!

The foot bone connected to the leg bone,
The leg bone connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone connected to the back bone,
The back bone connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone connected to the head bone,
Oh hear the word of the Lord!

Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk aroun’
Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk aroun’
Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk aroun’
Oh hear the word of the Lord.”

Don’t you just love long linear sequences? They are easy to understand and they are so orderly.

However, as a model for how anything real works, long linear cause and effect models have their limits. It doesn’t take too many steps before the nice clean sequence begins to resemble a tree with some branches curving back or around or disappearing entirely into obscurity.

But what if the tree itself is constantly changing – much like those haunted houses whose walls and doors randomly mutate?

Does that mean that any attempts to trace a single linear path is completely useless?

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